Kenny’s first film role was a small part in the Stanley Donen comedy Fearless Fagan (1952), starring Janet Leigh.
But midway through filming, Kenny was drafted and suddenly found himself in Germany. Part of his job there
involved bringing in big-name entertainment for the troops, and he even found time to appear as Tough Luck
Hogan in several episodes of the syndicated sci-fi television series Flash Gordon, which was filmed in Spandau,
Germany. The series starred Steve Holland as the intrepid space hero.
Once he was discharged, Kenny took Hollywood by storm, appearing in dramas such as The Human Jungle
(1954), Running Wild (1955), Dino (1957) and This Rebel Breed (1960). Kenny also co-starred in several
comedies, many of which showcased his impressive singing talents, including Rockabilly Baby (1957), Going
Steady (1958) and Surf Party (1964).
Kenny has also appeared in several certified cult films over the years. Among them: I Was A Teenage Werewolf
(1957), which gave Michael Landon his start; Touch of Evil (1958), starring Charlton Heston and directed by the
legendary Orson Welles; Attack of the Puppet People (1958), directed by Burt I. Gordon; and The Buccaneer
(1958), starring Charlton Heston and Yul Brynner, directed by Anthony Quinn and produced by Cecil B. deMille.
In the 1960s, Kenny toured the country as one of the foremost performers of The Twist, and later traveled through
the United States, Europe, North Africa and the Far East with his nightclub act. Upon returning home, Kenny’s
desire to return to the stage led to several critically acclaimed performances, including a production of Neil Simon’
s The Odd Couple, with Charles Nelson Reilly and Darryl Hickman, at the Burt Reynolds Dinner Theater in Jupiter,
Florida. During its run, the production was also filmed for Showtime television.
Eager to tell the world of his storied life in and out of Hollywood, Kenny collaborated with journalist Donald
Vaughan on his anecdote-filled autobiography. The first edition, published by McFarland & Co. and now out of
print, was titled Kenny Miller: Surviving Teenage Werewolves, Puppet People and Hollywood. An updated and
expanded edition, Hollywood Inside & Out: The Kenny Miller Story, is now available through BearManor Media. In
the book, Kenny talks about his adventures in film, nightclubs, theater, radio and television, and the enduring
friendships that made it all worthwhile.
Today, Kenny enjoys visiting with fans at autograph shows and science fiction/horror conventions throughout the
United States, and keeps his hand in acting. He resides in Palm Springs, California.
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Born on October 15, 1931 in Springfield, Ohio, Kenny Miller wanted to
be an entertainer from the moment he saw the Wizard of Oz on the big
screen when he was just nine years old. It was a dream he was initially
forced to keep secret, however, because his missionary parents
expected him to follow in their footsteps – a calling that did not include
Behind his parents’ backs, Kenny participated in several local shows
and productions, and even won a regional singing competition. But it
wasn’t until his father passed away when Kenny was 16 that he was
finally able to follow his calling.
Kenny quickly made his way to Hollywood, where he worked a variety of
jobs while waiting for his lucky break. His natural talent and boy-next-
door good looks eventually landed him on television, where he
appeared in many popular series, including The Cisco Kid, Dragnet,
Fathers Knows Best and American Bandstand. Decades later, Kenny
appeared in a very special episode of B.L. Stryker with his friend Burt
Reynolds, a gig that landed him the coveted Crystal Reel Award for Best