John Mills has passed away.

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    Yeah sad news, one of the British greats, only 3 years away from his centenary.

    RIP John.
     
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    One of my top five actor's and a very decent human being.
    Rest in peace Sir John.
    You will be sorely missed.
     
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    He was fantastic in Cats. Wow, he was 90 when he did that movie! I hope I'm still going strong at that age.
     
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    Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1939)
     
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    RIP a great actor and in a profession full of narcissists, a decent genuinely modest man to boot.

    I find it rather sad that the media response, particularly in the UK, has been relatively muted (there has been an excellent tribute by Stephen Fry put out late at night on the BBC and that's about it). I think Mills was a greater actor than Olivier but because he didn't go round the place telling everyone how good he was, he has tended to be overlooked.

    I think Mills was at his best portraying flawed people. Unlike lesser actors, you didn't get the 'look at me - I'm ACTING' when he was playing someone with physical or mental problems. What you saw first and foremost was the person. Mills didn't ask you to pity, mock, or hate the person, but just to observe and make your own mind up. That can only be done by someone not only with great acting skills but also a fundamental modesty and humanity.

    If you want to see Mills at his peak, try Hobson's Choice, which is considered by many within the acting profession to be one of the greatest performances ever put on film. The performance appears so effortless and lightweight that it takes a couple of viewings to appreciate the sheer genius of Mill's portrayal of Willy Mossop.
     
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    And one of his most famous and long-lived roles -- Father Robinson in Walt Disney's live-action 60's blockbuster Swiss Family Robinson.

    My toddler niece and nephew are in love with that movie. They ask for it everytime I have them over. I just bought the two-disc DVD for my nephew as a birthday present not two weeks ago, so he can watch it whenever he wants. The film is extremely warm and reassuring for audiences, despite multiple dangers, and John Mills' twinkling optimism played a deciding role in the entire mood of the film.

    Generations will continue to love you, Sir John. Rest in the peace and love you have earned.
     

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