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Milton Reid

Post by PeplumParadise » 30/11/2019, 12:58

Milton Reid in Deadlier than the Male (1967)
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Milton Rutherford Reid was, according to all available sources, born in Bombay, India on April 29th 1917. He is presumed to have died in India around 1987, however his death remains an unsolved mystery.

While he may have appeared in a film while serving in the army in 1944, his film career proper kicked off with three roles in 1958. Over the next 28 years he worked predominantly in British productions, but also turned up in films from Italy, Yugoslavia, Turkey and India. He is undoubtedly best remembered for his appearances in 2 James Bond movies, but along the way his career took in everything from Walt Disney, via Hammer horror, to hardcore pornography, with his exotic looks tending to get him cast as Orientals or Arabs and he also played more than his fair share of executioners. From the 40's through the 60's he also worked as a professional wrestler under the name "The Mighty Chang" (beware that there was another wrestler who also used this name in the 80's, and it is this one who is seen in clips on You Tube). There is always the slight possibility that undocumented appearances by Milton could still be found, maybe bit parts in 50's British films, small roles in obscure international productions or further Bollywood appearances.

There is a lot of conflicting information about Milton to be found on various blogs and forums with some people, including reportedly his son, Milton Jr., having done extensive research with little results. What we can be fairly sure about, since these things can be easily checked, is that he was the son of an Edgar William Reid, married a woman named Bertha Guyett in 1939, and had a son, the aforementioned Milton Jr.. From his sports career we can be sure of his height (5'11"), his chest size (52") and waist (42"). We can also be certain of his close, presumed to be platonic, friendship with British sex siren Mary Millington in the 70's, since there is plenty of photographic evidence to support it and he has his own entry on the website dedicated to Millington. Additionally we can be certain that he did not die in 1982, as some would have us believe, and did return to live in India, where it is believed he still had family and he was certainly still alive in 1986 when he made his last known film. Aside from that most of the information about him seems to be mostly speculative and so should be treated with caution. I would recommend taking a look at the two links below, plus the mini-bio on IMDb, and put together the jigsaw puzzle of Milton's life as best possible.

The life, career and disappearance of Milton Reid
Milton & Mary - The Odd Couple


FILMOGRAPHY
1944
  1. The Way Ahead (uncredited) .... Sergeant (uncertain identification)

    1958
  2. Blood of the Vampire (credited as Milton Reed) .... Executioner
  3. The Camp on Blood Island (uncredited) .... Japanese executioner
  4. Undercover Girl (credited) .... Mac

    1959
  5. Ferry to Hong Kong (credited) .... Yen

    1960
  6. Swiss Family Robinson (credited) .... Big Pirate
  7. Visa to Canton (uncredited) .... Security guard

    1961
  8. Le meraviglie di Aladino (credited) .... Omar
  9. Sir Francis Drake (TV series, appearing in 15 episodes) (credited in 13 episodes) .... Diego
  10. The Terror of the Tongs (uncredited) .... Chung King's bodyguard

    1962
  11. Captain Clegg (credited) .... Mulatto
  12. Dr. No (uncredited) .... Dr. No's guard

    1963
  13. 55 Days at Peking (uncredited) .... Boxer
  14. Il crollo di Roma (uncredited) .... Champion gladiator
  15. Panic (credited) .... Dan

    1964
  16. Gli invincibili dieci gladiatori (uncredited) .... Chimbro

    1965
  17. Agente Z 55 missione disperata (credited as Milton Reed) .... Togo

    1967
  18. Berserk (credited) .... Strong man
  19. Casino Royale (uncredited) .... Temple guard
  20. Deadlier than the Male (credited) .... Chang
  21. I Spy (TV series, season 3, episode 11 -Oedipus at Colonus) (credited) .... Abdal Rahman

    1968
  22. Great Catherine (uncredited) .... Man in Royal Palace
  23. Theatre 625 (TV series, season 5, episode 20 -The Fanatics) (uncredited) .... Executioner
  24. The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus (uncredited) .... Strongman (released 1996)

    1969
  25. Target: Harry (credited) .... Kemal
  26. The Assassination Bureau (uncredited) .... Human cannonball
  27. The Best House in London (uncredited) .... Henchman

    1970
  28. Adsiz cengaver (uncredited) .... Dev
  29. Department S (TV series, season 2, episode 15 - Spencer Bodily Is Sixty Years Old) (credited) .... Arab
  30. Rekvijem (credited) .... Guard collecting bodies

    1971
  31. Carry On Henry (uncredited) .... Executioner
  32. Get Away with Cliff (TV special) (credited) .... Follower
  33. Jason King (TV series, season 1, episode 7 - To Russia with... Panache) (credited) .... Janis
  34. The Blood on Satan's Claw (uncredited) .... Mute dog handler
  35. The Goodies (TV series, season 2, episode 7 - Kitten Kong) (uncredited) .... Man attracted by Butch tobacco
  36. The Horseman (uncredited) .... Aqqul

    1972
  37. Au Pair Girls (credited) .... The guard
  38. Blinky's Spy Spotter (credited) .... East
  39. Dr. Phibes Rises Again (credited) .... Cheng

    1973
  40. Whoops Baghdad! (TV series, season 1, episode 6 - The Caliph's New Concubine) (credited) .... Randy hairdresser

    1975
  41. The Return of the Pink Panther (credited) .... Japanese restaurant owner

    1977
  42. Adventures of a Private Eye (credited) .... Bodyguard
  43. Come Play with Me (credited) .... Tough
  44. No.1 of the Secret Service (credited) .... Eye Patch
  45. The People That Time Forgot (credited) .... Sabbala
  46. The Spy Who Loved Me (credited) .... Sandor

    1978
  47. Terror (credited) .... Club bouncer
  48. What's Up Superdoc? (credited) .... Louie

    1979
  49. Arabian Adventure (credited) .... Jinnee
  50. Confessions from the David Galaxy Affair (credited) .... Eddie
  51. Queen of the Blues (credited) .... Ricky

    1982
  52. West Country Tales (TV series, season 1, episode 6 - The Beast) (credited as Milton Gaylord Reid) .... The Beast

    1985
  53. Mard (uncredited) .... Prison camp overseer

    1986
  54. Kala Dhanda Goray Log (credited) .... Sattey Kappu

Additional credits
  • A Stitch in Time (1963) feature film, seen in a poster image
  • St. Bruno tobacco (late 60's or early 70's) TV commercial
  • Arabian Nights (1979) Hardcore stag film
  • Schoolgirl Holiday (1979) Hardcore stag film
  • Bustman's Holiday (1979) Softcore stag film
  • The Spy Who Loved Me: 007 in Egypt (2006) Documentary
  • Respectable - The Mary Millington Story (2015) Theatrically-released documentary

More Milton!
There are a number of further appearances listed online, mostly in British television shows. Given that the British, and in particular the BBC, tended to wipe their old shows in the 60's and early 70's, it is probable that many of these shows may no longer exist.
  • Glencannon (1959) TV series, season 1, episode 14: The Masked Monster
  • Aladdin (1960) TV movie, as Slave of the Lamp
  • Zero One (1963) TV series, season 1, episode 13: Deadly Angels, as Chang
  • Bootsie and Smudge (1963) TV series, season 3, episode 24: Get Him to the Church
  • Z Cars (1963) TV series, season 2, episode 40: Come on the Lads, as Gym instructor
  • Espionage (1963) TV series, season 1, episode 7: The Dragon Slayer, as Big pedestrian
  • Festival (1964) TV series, season 1, episode 25: Justin Thyme, as Big's chief henchman
  • The Mini-Affair (1967) as Fisherman
  • Virgin of the Secret Service (1968) TV series, season 1, episode 13: Wings Over Glencraig, as Taro
  • Christ Recrucified (1969) TV mini-series, episodes 2 & 3, as Hussein
  • Dombey and Son (1969) TV series, season 1, episode 7: The Second Mrs. Dombey, as The Game Chicken
  • The World of Beachcomber (1969) TV series, season 2, episode 5
  • Hassan (1969) TV movie, as Masrur
  • Frost on Sunday (1970) TV series, season 2, episode 7
  • Play for Today (1971) TV series, season 2, episode 8: Pal, as Contact man
  • Aladdin (1971) TV movie, as The Slave
  • Sez Les (1971) TV series, season 5, episode 1
  • The Des O'Connor Show (1971) TV series, 04/09/71 episode
  • Whodunnit? (1978) TV series, season 6, episode 9: Instant Coffee, as Abdul
  • The Losers (1978) TV series, season 1, episode 2: The Naming of Parts, as The Thing from Catford
  • Cannon and Ball (1979) TV series, season 1, episode 5
  • World of Sport (various years) Milton appeared as a wrestler on this British sports show on a number of occasions
Milton is missing!
There always has to be one!
  • Telephone (1985) - Credited on IMDb with no role given. There is an actor in the film who, from a distance, bears a strong resemblance to Milton, but when seen in close-up is clearly a younger actor

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Re: Milton Reid

Post by PeplumParadise » 30/11/2019, 13:00

The Way Ahead (1944) as Sergeant. This British wartime propaganda film is mentioned in Jim Marshall's mini-bio on IMDb with no role given, though it does not appear in his filmography there. Since the film utilises actual British soldiers as extras and since Milton was serving in the military at the time then I suppose his appearance could be quite possible. I have looked through the film and the only likely-looking candidate I saw is the actor here, but the print I watched was poor quality so most actors who were not seen in close-up are impossible to identify. Mark this as an uncertain identification.
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Post by PeplumParadise » 30/11/2019, 13:48

Undercover Girl (1958) credited, as Mac. Milton has hair!
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Post by PeplumParadise » 30/11/2019, 13:52

The Camp on Blood Island (1958) as Japanese executioner
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Post by PeplumParadise » 30/11/2019, 13:56

Blood of the Vampire (1958) credited as Milton Reed, as Executioner
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Post by PeplumParadise » 30/11/2019, 14:05

Ferry to Hong Kong (1959) credited, as Yen
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Post by PeplumParadise » 30/11/2019, 14:10

Swiss Family Robinson (1960) credited, as Big Pirate
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Post by PeplumParadise » 30/11/2019, 14:14

Visa to Canton (1960) as Security guard
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Post by PeplumParadise » 30/11/2019, 14:22

The Terror of the Tongs (1961) as Chung King's bodyguard
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Post by PeplumParadise » 30/11/2019, 14:31

Le meraviglie di Aladino (1961) credited, as Omar.

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