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Denny Miller: Our Second Guest Star For July!

Posted: July 19th, 2012, 10:38 pm
by Sue Sue Applegate
Actor, author, and physical fitness advocate Denny Miller is our guest for the weekend of July 27th!

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A veteran performer appearing in 237 television programs and 20 films, Miller has been an advocate of healthy living for most of his life. Earning a degree in physical education from UCLA has helped the former Duke Shannon of Wagon Train fame advocate for active lifestyles, and inspired his book, Toxic Waist...Get to Know Sweat! Miller also penned a compilation of his memories in the 2005 text entitled Didn't You Used To Be What's His Name?, and is preparing to release his next venture entitled Me Tarzan, You Train! to help aging Baby Boomers learn how to exercise, have fun, and avoid injury.

In August, as the oldest living actor to appear as Tarzan on the big screen, Miller will attend the U.S. Postal Service ceremony in Tarzana when it formally issues an Edgar Rice Burroughs /Tarzan U.S. Stamp to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the first publication of Tarzan.

In Didn't You Used to Be What's His Name, Miller reveals that his father, Dr. Ben Miller, Professor Emeritus at U.C.L.A. for 28 years, was one of his heroes, and was on the President's Council For Physical Fitness under President Eisenhower and President Kennedy. When Miller earned a scholarship to U.C.L.A. as a basketball player coached by the famous John Wooden, he pursued his dreams of being a professional ball player, but that wasn't in the cards for Miller. He was discovered delivering furniture to a talent agency while working his part-time job, and during the course of unloading furniture at the agency, he was given several cards from agents who encouraged him to call. One agent, Robert Raison, was unusually persistent, and became Miller's representative for fourteen years. "Life is what happens to you while you're on your way to do something else," says Miller, and he certainly did do something else. His screen test for a contract with MGM was directed by none other than the great George Cukor.

As a veteran of more than 200 commercials, Miller most recently has been popular as the Gorton's Fisherman, and has written and directed his own relaxation video.

He has worked with Cornel Wilde, Lee Majors, Jack Lord, Tom Selleck, Lucille Ball, Bob Hope, Joan Rivers, Bette Davis, Dennis Weaver, Rock Hudson, Stephanie Powers, Robert Wagner, Brian Kieth, Karl Malden, Michael Douglas, Robert Fuller, Bill Smith, and many others. As a regular cast member of Wagon Train from 1961 to 1964, he was able to work and learn from some of Hollywood's greatest actors.

Some of his directors include Sydney Pollack, George Cukor, Vincent Minelli, and Sydney Poitier.

We hope all the SSO members are excited about his visit as we are! Start thinking about any questions you might have for Denny Miller and his days on Wagon Train, as Tarzan, or about physical fitness!

Re: Denny Miller: Our Second Guest Star For July!

Posted: July 20th, 2012, 8:22 am
by MissGoddess
Brilliant!! :D

Re: Denny Miller: Our Second Guest Star For July!

Posted: July 20th, 2012, 12:44 pm
by RedRiver
Scott Miller, as he was briefly known, was a likeable successor to Robert Horton's Flint McCullough as wagon train scout. I enjoyed his work on the show.

Re: Denny Miller: Our Second Guest Star For July!

Posted: July 20th, 2012, 2:54 pm
by charliechaplinfan
Aren't we lucky. I'll apologise now because I'll be away but I look forward to reading his thread on my return.

Thank you so much for visiting us Denny.

Re: Denny Miller: Our Second Guest Star For July!

Posted: July 26th, 2012, 9:56 am
by Sue Sue Applegate
Denny Miller's thread is now unlocked and open for questions!

Re: Denny Miller: Our Second Guest Star For July!

Posted: August 15th, 2012, 10:32 am
by Sue Sue Applegate
Denny Miller is traveling today to the Edgar Rice Burroughs' Centennial Celebration in California! I will give an update a little later...

Re: Denny Miller: Our Second Guest Star For July!

Posted: March 25th, 2013, 6:30 pm
by moira finnie
I recently came across this interview with Denny Miller online and thought that others who recall this individual's visit with fondness would enjoy hearing Denny's unassuming manner chronicling his career. I believe that this was filmed to accompany the DVD release of Wagon Train.
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Re: Denny Miller: Our Second Guest Star For July!

Posted: March 26th, 2013, 11:49 am
by RedRiver
Just noticed your avatar of YOUNG CASSIDY, Moira. That's an intriguing, if slightly ambivalent, John Ford/Jack Cardiff drama. Exceptionally well acted by Taylor and the mystically beautiful Julie Christie. Not a perfect film, but one to reckon with.