MILTON, ERNEST (1890–1974), British actor. Born in San Francisco of partly Jewish origin, Milton acted in New York before making his London debut in Potash and Perlmutter in 1914. Of his many roles of Jewish interest, Ferdinand de Levis in Galsworthy's Loyalties (1922) gave him his first London success. Others were Daniel Deronda (1927), Ḥanan in The Dybbuk, Disraeli in Laurence Housman's Victoria Regina (1927), and The King of Schnorrers (1950). With the London Old Vic Company he acted in Shakespeare, Shaw, Ibsen, Pinero, and Pirandello. His own plays included Christopher Marlowe (1924), Paganini (1935), and Mary of Magdala (1945). He also appeared in a number of films, including Alice in Wonderland (1950). Milton was a Roman Catholic.
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