Mark Miller, the prolific actor and screenwriter best known for Please don’t eat the margaritas Y Guestward, ho! has died. Her daughter, actress Penelope Ann Miller, confirmed the news on Twitter. She was 97.
Miller played college professor Jim Nash in Please don’t eat the margaritas, which ran from 1965 to 1967 and then in syndication. The NBC-MGM sitcom, which ran for 58 half-hour episodes, was loosely based on the theatrical film of the same name starring Doris Day and David Niven. The series did well initially, but its ratings took a hit in Season 2 when it moved to the opposite side. The Jackie Gleason Show.
Miller had substantial runs on other big shows, most notably on Desilu’s Guestward Ho! on ABC in 1960. He played one half of a New York City couple, the Hootens, who move to a tourist ranch in New Mexico. Guestward Ho! ran for a season with The Donna Reed Show Thursday afternoons.
The actor had a 13-episode arc as JR Barnett in days of our lives in 1975, another 13 episodes as Howard Jones on the NBC college soap opera bright promise in 1970. He did two episodes of General Hospital in 1965.
Throughout the ’60s and ’70s, Miller had appearances in many staples of the day: I spy, The Andy Griffith Show, alfred hitchcock presents , The Patty Duke Show, the twilight zone, that girl, Adam-12, Canyon, Emergency!, barnaby jones, Kung Fu, the waltons, marcus wellby, the streets of san francisco and more.
In the ’80s, Miller wrote episodes for a host of well-known shows, including different strokes Y the jeffersons.
On the big screen, Miller wrote Keanu Reeves’ 1995 vehicle. A walk on clouds, which was directed by Alfonso Arau. She also wrote and starred in 1982 savannah smileswhich featured two of his daughters, Marisa and Savannah, the latter of whom inspired the film.
Miller also starred in dozens of stage productions such as Noël Coward’s private lives with Grace Kelly, by Phillip Barry the history of philadelphiaby William Inge Bus stop with Elaine Stritch and with Joan Blondell in Dark at the top of the stairs.