Marvin Miller is perhaps best known as Michael Anthony, the man who delivered the cashiers checks on The Millionaire (1955-1960). If you remember the age when radio was king, his voice is a familiar one. He appeared regularly as an announcer or actor on hundreds of programs.
If your interests run to animation, you may remember Miller as the voice of Gerald McBoing-Boing, or as supporting voices on Mr. Magoo or Pink Panther cartoons. Or you might remember his recordings of Dr. Seuss stories for which he won two Grammy awards. Then, again, perhaps it is for his threatening hulk as a villain in movies like Dead Reckoning or Forbidden that you remember Marvin Miller. He also did commercials, acted in theatrical productions, and wrote poetry.
This man of many talents, claims to have been a performer from his days in grammar school, but had first thought to become a writer. While attending Washington University in St. Louis, he began working in local radio and the die was cast. From the very beginning Miller used his ability to manipulate his rich baritone voice to create a wide variety of characters. He began with a weekly 15 minute, one-man show on KWK where he wrote the show and then performed all of the characters. In 1939 he moved his talents to Chicago where he appeared on as many as 45 different shows a week. He is reported to have played as many as twenty different parts on the soap opera, One Man's Family, sometimes two or more in the same broadcast. In another soap, The Romance of Helen Trent, he was Gil Whitney, the man Helen romanced, but could never get to the alter.
Hollywood lured him away from the Windy City in 1944 where he added motion pictures, television, and voice-overs to his resume. His first movie role was as a Japanese officer in Blood on the Sun in which he appeared with James Cagney. He later worked in films with Bob Hope, Humphrey Bogart, Joseph Cotton, Tony Curtis, George Raft, Ronald Reagan, Corrine Calvet, Rhonda Fleming, Susan Hayworth, Lizabeth Scott, and Claire Trevor.
Marvin was married to Elizabeth Dawson (1939-1965) and the couple had two children, Anthony and Melissa. The New York Times obituary adds this final note to his multifaceted career: "Of all the work he did, his wife said he was proudest of having recorded the entire King James version of the Bible for Audio Books."