Martin Sam Milner, born on December 28, 1931 and died September 6, 2015.
He was an American film, stage, radio and television actor.
Milner is best known for his performances in two popular television series: Route 66, which aired on CBS from 1960 to 1964, and Adam-12, which aired on NBC from 1968 to 1975.
Milner attended the University of Southern California where he studied theater.
He dropped out after a year in the fall of 1950 to concentrate on acting.
He made his first television appearance in 1950 as a guest star in episode 28 entitled “Pay Dirt” on The Lone Ranger.
That same year, he began a recurring role as “Drexel Potter” on the television sitcom The Stu Erwin Show.
In 1952, Milner began a two-year stint in the United States Army.
He was assigned to Special Services at Fort Ord on California’s Monterey Bay peninsula, where he directed training films.
Milner also emceed and performed in skits in a touring unit show to entertain the soldiers. Milner was encouraged by fellow soldier Clint Eastwood to pursue an acting career when his time in the Army ended.
While in the Army, Milner continued working for Jack Webb, playing “Officer Bill Lockwood” (briefly the partner of “Sgt.
Friday”) and other characters on the Dragnet radio series on weekends. He also appeared on six episodes of Webb’s Dragnet television series between 1952 and 1955.
After his military service ended, Milner had a recurring role on The Life of Riley from 1953 to 1958.
He also made guest appearances on numerous television shows including episodes of The Bigelow Theatre, The Great Gildersleeve, TV Reader’s Digest, Science Fiction Theatre, Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse, Matinee Theater, The West Point Story, The Twilight Zone (episode: Mirror Image), and Rawhide.
Milner also acted in films, the most notable of which are: The Long Gray Line (1955), Mister Roberts (1955), Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957), as Jazz guitarist Steve Dallas in Sweet Smell of Success (1957), Marjorie Morningstar (1958), Compulsion (1959), and 13 Ghosts (1960).
In May 1956, he met singer and actress Judith Bess “Judy” Jones at a Hollywood dinner party.
They were married on February 23, 1957, in Waukegan, Illinois. They had four children together: Amy, Molly, Stuart and Andrew.
In February 2003, Milner’s eldest daughter Amy, who appeared in an episode of Adam 12, was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia. She died of the disease in December 2004.