Sidney Miller

Actor, director and songwriter

Sidney Miller, a veteran actor, director and songwriter, died Saturday in Los Angeles after a two-year bout with Parkinson’s disease. He was 87.

New York native appeared in more than 100 pics from the time he was a contract actor at Metro-Goldwyn-Meyer, where he first appeared in the two Mickey Rooney movies “Boy’s Town” and “Men of Boy’s Town.” Additional acting credits include “Memories of Me,” starring Billy Crystal, and “The Penguin Murder Case.” Later in his career he performed voices in pics and TV series ranging from “Dungeons & Dragons” to “The Smurfs.”

Miller’s career as a TV director includes such shows as “My Mother the Car,” “Get Smart,” “The Monkees,” “That Girl,” “The Addams Family,” “Bewitched,” “My Favorite Martian,” “McHale’s Navy,” “Bachelor Father” and “Celebrity Playhouse.” He directed more than 100 “Mickey Mouse Club” shows.

In 1976 and 1977, Miller was comedy consultant, writer and sketch director for “The Donny & Marie Osmond Show” for ABC.

He also was the longtime comedy partner of Donald O’Connor in the songwriter sketches they performed on “The Colgate Comedy Hour.”

Miller and Inez James wrote the songs for several of the O’Connor/Peggy Ryan musicals for Universal Pictures, including 1944’s “This Is the Life” and “Chip Off the Old Block” and “Patrick the Great” (1945).

He is survived by his wife, June; his son, actor Barry Miller (“Fame”); and a sister.

Services will be held noon today at Hollywood Forever Cemetery.

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