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Jason Miller
  • Mini Bio
  • Name: Jason Miller
  • Born: 22nd April 1939, Long Island City, New York, U.S.
  • Died: 13th May 2001, Scranton, Pennsylvania, U.S.
  • Occupation: Playwright, character actor and director
  • Height: 5' 8" (1.73 m)
  • Marriage resume: Linda Miller 1963 - 1973 (divorced), Sue Bernard 1974 - 1983 (divorced) and Ruth Josem 1984 - 1990 (divorced)
  • Famous for: His riveting role as Father Damien Karras in the 1973 movie The Exorcist
  • Scroll down for full bio and many great quotes

"New York was the capital of my imagination, the El Dorado of my mind"

Jason Miller

"As soon as I was able, I visited whenever I could, coming with a little money and selling my blood on Delancey Street for a few dollars more, to sit and drink in the Cedar Bar, hoping that Jackson Pollock, Allen Ginsberg or Norman Mailer would drop in"

Jason Miller

"I had never acted in a movie before. It was quite different. On stage, we have to project. In the movies you read your lines like you’re talking on the phone. That’s the only real discipline I gave myself"

Jason Miller

"The theologians got a little crazy about it. Because when the start looking at it at that level they said, ‘Wait a minute. What kind of picture is this guy making?’ It’s that existential ambiguity that makes it go"

Jason Miller

"They [the Exorcist producers] preferred an unknown because they wanted the story to be the star. They had to convince the powers that be at the studio and that was quite a bit of salesmanship"

Jason Miller

"Its rhythm and vitality suit me. I need this element of risk for survival since perhaps it is the city's dangers that force me to creativity"

Jason Miller

"He said ‘Do you want to go on a screen test?’ I thought I was dreaming. I went out and did a screen test and the rest is history"

Jason Miller

"Now that I've lived there and know all the criticisms, I still have a great affection for the city"

Jason Miller

"Its rhythm and vitality suit me. I need this element of risk for survival since perhaps it is the city's dangers that force me to creativity"

Jason Miller

"On my tombstone I'll put; It's all a paper moon"

Jason Miller

"I'd prefer that when I take the bus to another zone, I go further. I'm not interested in coming back"

Jason Miller

"I think The Exorcist in someway is not a genre horror film. It’s something else. It’s more of a philosophical horror film"

Jason Miller

"It is weird to go make a classic film right out of the box"

Jason Miller

"I went to New York to do something. And I did it"

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Jason Miller Biography

Jason Miller was an award winning playwright who shot to fame in the early 1970's for his brilliant portrayal of the priest Father Damien Karras in the horror movie The Exorcist.

His love for theatre was never far from his mind and he wrote and starred in many plays throughout his career which included working as artistic director with the Scranton Public Theatre (Scranton was his home town).



1973 was a good year for him as apart from his role in The Exorcist that made headlines around the world, he also received 2 awards for his play "That Championship Season", the first was a much coveted Pulitzer Prize and the second was the Tony Award for author of best play.

He is also part of a unique group of eight actors that have had an Oscar nomination for playing a priest which Jason Miller excelled at in his doggedly determined role in The Exorcist.

He was an inspired writer and some of his one liners were also very thought provoking so it was a joy creating my compilation of 14 of the best Jason Miller quotes, I hope you enjoy them.

Quotes About Jason Miller

The critic Clive Barnes was complimentary in his words: "Mr. Miller has a perfect ear and instinct for the rough and tumble profanity of locker room humour. The coarsely elegant gibes go along with Mr. Millers indictment of a society, which opens with an iconic playing of the national anthem and then lacerates the sickness of small-town America full of bigotry, double dealing, racism and hate"

The author Edwin Bronner in describing his Pulitzer Prize winning play was impressed to call it a: "Searing examination of the competitive aspect of the American success story, and the wounds it can inflict on those who compete"

The critic Walter Kerr was impressed to call his play 'That Championship Season': "Rock solid, bitterly funny, painfully shaming"


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