Vera Miles

Vera June Miles (born August 23, 1929) is an American actress. Born in Boise City, Oklahoma, Vera Miles attended school in Pratt, Kansas and Wichita, Kansas. The patrician beauty of Miss Miles won her the title of "Miss Kansas" in 1948, leading soon to small roles in Hollywood films and television series. Fame came to the forthright, spirited Miles when she attracted the attention of two master directors, Alfred Hitchcock and John Ford. Ford cast her in the classic western The Searchers (1956) and Hitchcock, who put her under personal contract and hailed her as his "new Grace Kelly", paired her with the great Henry Fonda in The Wrong Man (1956). Hitchcock cast Miles in the potentially star-making role of Judy Barton in Vertigo (1958), but Miles withdrew from the film when she became pregnant. Hitchcock gave Miles a supporting role in another masterpiece Psycho (1960), as did Ford when he cast her opposite John Wayne and James Stewart in The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962), She also starred in such films as Beau James (1957) opposite Bob Hope, The FBI Story (1959) opposite Stewart, Back Street (1961) opposite Susan Hayward and John Gavin and Sergeant Ryker (1968) opposite Lee Marvin, as well as showing her consistently remarkable and versatile talent on dozens of popular television movies and series including The Alfred Hitchcock Hour (1962), Twilight Zone (1959), The Outer Limits (1963), The Fugitive (1963), My Three Sons (1960), Bonanza (1959), "Columbo" ...

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Psycho (1960)

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When larcenous real estate clerk Marion Crane goes on the lam with a wad of cash and hopes of starting a new life, she ends up at the notorious Bates Motel, where manager Norman Bates cares for his housebound mother.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alfred Hitchcock
CAST:  Anthony Perkins  •  Vera Miles  •  John Gavin  •  Janet Leigh

When larcenous real estate clerk Marion Crane goes on the lam with a wad of cash and hopes of starting a new life, she ends up at the notorious Bates Motel, where manager Norman Bates cares for his housebound mother.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alfred Hitchcock
CAST:  Anthony Perkins  •  Vera Miles  •  John Gavin  •  Janet Leigh

Follow Me, Boys! (1966)

Lem Siddons is part of a traveling band who has a dream of becoming a lawyer. Deciding to settle down, he finds a job as a stockboy in the general store of a small town. Trying to fit in, he volunteers to become scoutmaster of the newly formed Troop 1. Becoming ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Norman Tokar
CAST:  Fred MacMurray  •  Vera Miles  •  Lillian Gish  •  Charles Ruggles

Lem Siddons is part of a traveling band who has a dream of becoming a lawyer. Deciding to settle down, he finds a job as a stockboy in the general store of a small town. Trying to fit in, he volunteers to become scoutmaster of the newly formed Troop 1. Becoming ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Norman Tokar
CAST:  Fred MacMurray  •  Vera Miles  •  Lillian Gish  •  Charles Ruggles

Into the Night (1985)

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Ed Okin used to have a boring life. He used to have trouble getting to sleep. Then one night, he met Diana. Now, Ed's having trouble staying alive.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Landis
CAST:  Jeff Goldblum  •  Michelle Pfeiffer  •  Carmen Argenziano  •  Stacey Pickren

Ed Okin used to have a boring life. He used to have trouble getting to sleep. Then one night, he met Diana. Now, Ed's having trouble staying alive.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Landis
CAST:  Jeff Goldblum  •  Michelle Pfeiffer  •  Carmen Argenziano  •  Stacey Pickren

Psycho II (1983)

After years of treatment at a mental institution for the criminally insane, serial killer Norman Bates is finally released. Deciding to move back into his long-dead mother's infamous old house, he soon finds himself tormented by 'her' demands and begins to question ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard Franklin
CAST:  Anthony Perkins  •  Vera Miles  •  Meg Tilly  •  Robert Loggia

After years of treatment at a mental institution for the criminally insane, serial killer Norman Bates is finally released. Deciding to move back into his long-dead mother's infamous old house, he soon finds himself tormented by 'her' demands and begins to question ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard Franklin
CAST:  Anthony Perkins  •  Vera Miles  •  Meg Tilly  •  Robert Loggia

The FBI Story (1959)

A dedicated FBI agent recalls the agency's battles against the Klan, organized crime and Communist spies.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mervyn LeRoy
CAST:  James Stewart  •  Vera Miles  •  Murray Hamilton  •  Larry Pennell

A dedicated FBI agent recalls the agency's battles against the Klan, organized crime and Communist spies.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mervyn LeRoy
CAST:  James Stewart  •  Vera Miles  •  Murray Hamilton  •  Larry Pennell

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)

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A senator, who became famous for killing a notorious outlaw, returns for the funeral of an old friend and tells the truth about his deed.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Ford
CAST:  John Wayne  •  James Stewart  •  Vera Miles  •  Lee Marvin

A senator, who became famous for killing a notorious outlaw, returns for the funeral of an old friend and tells the truth about his deed.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Ford
CAST:  John Wayne  •  James Stewart  •  Vera Miles  •  Lee Marvin

The Searchers (1956)

As a Civil War veteran spends years searching for a young niece captured by Indians, his motivation becomes increasingly questionable.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Ford
CAST:  John Wayne  •  Jeffrey Hunter  •  Vera Miles  •  Natalie Wood

As a Civil War veteran spends years searching for a young niece captured by Indians, his motivation becomes increasingly questionable.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Ford
CAST:  John Wayne  •  Jeffrey Hunter  •  Vera Miles  •  Natalie Wood

The Wrong Man (1956)

In 1953, an innocent man named Christopher Emmanuel "Manny" Balestrero is arrested after being mistaken for an armed robber.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alfred Hitchcock
CAST:  Henry Fonda  •  Vera Miles  •  Anthony Quayle  •  Harold J. Stone

In 1953, an innocent man named Christopher Emmanuel "Manny" Balestrero is arrested after being mistaken for an armed robber.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alfred Hitchcock
CAST:  Henry Fonda  •  Vera Miles  •  Anthony Quayle  •  Harold J. Stone

Mazes and Monsters (1982)

Bound together by a desire to play "Mazes and Monsters," Robbie and his four college classmates decide to move the board game into the local cavern. Robbie loses his mind, and the line between reality and fantasy fuse into a harrowing nightmare.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steven Hilliard Stern
CAST:  Tom Hanks  •  Wendy Crewson  •  David Wallace  •  Chris Makepeace

Bound together by a desire to play "Mazes and Monsters," Robbie and his four college classmates decide to move the board game into the local cavern. Robbie loses his mind, and the line between reality and fantasy fuse into a harrowing nightmare.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steven Hilliard Stern
CAST:  Tom Hanks  •  Wendy Crewson  •  David Wallace  •  Chris Makepeace

Autumn Leaves (1956)

A woman falls for a younger man with severe mental problems.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Aldrich
CAST:  Joan Crawford  •  Cliff Robertson  •  Vera Miles  •  Lorne Greene

A woman falls for a younger man with severe mental problems.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Aldrich
CAST:  Joan Crawford  •  Cliff Robertson  •  Vera Miles  •  Lorne Greene

A Tiger Walks (1964)

A tiger escapes from a circus truck as it passes by a small town, and hides itself in the surrounding woods. This throws the town into a panic and everyone wants the animal killed immediately, except for the daughter of the sheriff. She wants to capture the tiger ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Norman Tokar
CAST:  Brian Keith  •  Vera Miles  •  Pamela Franklin  •  Sabu

A tiger escapes from a circus truck as it passes by a small town, and hides itself in the surrounding woods. This throws the town into a panic and everyone wants the animal killed immediately, except for the daughter of the sheriff. She wants to capture the tiger ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Norman Tokar
CAST:  Brian Keith  •  Vera Miles  •  Pamela Franklin  •  Sabu

Hellfighters (1968)

The adventures of oil well fire specialist Chance Buckman (based on real-life Red Adair), who extinguishes massive fires in oil fields around the world.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Andrew V. McLaglen
CAST:  John Wayne  •  Katharine Ross  •  Jim Hutton  •  Vera Miles

The adventures of oil well fire specialist Chance Buckman (based on real-life Red Adair), who extinguishes massive fires in oil fields around the world.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Andrew V. McLaglen
CAST:  John Wayne  •  Katharine Ross  •  Jim Hutton  •  Vera Miles

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DIRECTION:  Alan Gibson
CAST:  Blythe Danner  •  Mare Winningham  •  Perry King  •  Vera Miles

Baffled! (1972)

Tom Kovack is a hard-nosed race car driver until a sudden supernatural vision causes a near-fatal crash while he's hurtling down the backstretch at 140 miles per hour. Michele Brent is the woman who convinces Kovack that his visions are significant. She leads him ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Philip Leacock
CAST:  Leonard Nimoy  •  Susan Hampshire  •  Rachel Roberts  •  Vera Miles

Tom Kovack is a hard-nosed race car driver until a sudden supernatural vision causes a near-fatal crash while he's hurtling down the backstretch at 140 miles per hour. Michele Brent is the woman who convinces Kovack that his visions are significant. She leads him ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Philip Leacock
CAST:  Leonard Nimoy  •  Susan Hampshire  •  Rachel Roberts  •  Vera Miles

One of Our Spies Is Missing (1966)

A biochemist develops a process that reverses ageing but, when he disappears, it's up to Napoleon Solo and Ilya Kuryakin to recover or destroy the process before it falls into the hands of the THRUSH.  (more)

DIRECTION:  E. Darrell Hallenbeck
CAST:  Robert Vaughn  •  David McCallum  •  Leo G. Carroll  •  Maurice Evans

A biochemist develops a process that reverses ageing but, when he disappears, it's up to Napoleon Solo and Ilya Kuryakin to recover or destroy the process before it falls into the hands of the THRUSH.  (more)

DIRECTION:  E. Darrell Hallenbeck
CAST:  Robert Vaughn  •  David McCallum  •  Leo G. Carroll  •  Maurice Evans

Five Branded Women (1960)

Five Yugoslav women who consorted with the German occupiers are publicly humiliated and banished by the Yugoslav partisans but they take up arms to fend for themselves.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Martin Ritt
CAST:  Silvana Mangano  •  Jeanne Moreau  •  Vera Miles  •  Barbara Bel Geddes

Five Yugoslav women who consorted with the German occupiers are publicly humiliated and banished by the Yugoslav partisans but they take up arms to fend for themselves.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Martin Ritt
CAST:  Silvana Mangano  •  Jeanne Moreau  •  Vera Miles  •  Barbara Bel Geddes

The Wild Country (1970)

Uprooted from their comfortable home in Pennsylvania, James and Kate Tanner, along with their sons, Virgil and Andy, journey to the wild country of 1890s Wyoming to become farmers. Soon, they come face-to-face with tornadoes, bears and wolves. But through the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Totten
CAST:  Steve Forrest  •  Vera Miles  •  Ron Howard  •  Clint Howard

Uprooted from their comfortable home in Pennsylvania, James and Kate Tanner, along with their sons, Virgil and Andy, journey to the wild country of 1890s Wyoming to become farmers. Soon, they come face-to-face with tornadoes, bears and wolves. But through the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Totten
CAST:  Steve Forrest  •  Vera Miles  •  Ron Howard  •  Clint Howard

Sergeant Ryker (1968)

During the Korean War Sergeant Paul Ryker is accused of defecting to Communist China and then returning to his unit as a spy.He's court-martialed and sentenced to death but his attorney believes Ryker's innocent and asks for a new trial.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Buzz Kulik
CAST:  Lee Marvin  •  Bradford Dillman  •  Peter Graves  •  Vera Miles

During the Korean War Sergeant Paul Ryker is accused of defecting to Communist China and then returning to his unit as a spy.He's court-martialed and sentenced to death but his attorney believes Ryker's innocent and asks for a new trial.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Buzz Kulik
CAST:  Lee Marvin  •  Bradford Dillman  •  Peter Graves  •  Vera Miles

Separate Lives (1995)

The e-cop Tom Beckwith has just quit his police job in order to study psychology. But his professor, Lauren Porter, is more interested in his criminology abilities than in his progress in psychology. Because of traumatic circumstances during her childhood she is ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Madden
CAST:  Jim Belushi  •  Linda Hamilton  •  Vera Miles  •  Elisabeth Moss

The e-cop Tom Beckwith has just quit his police job in order to study psychology. But his professor, Lauren Porter, is more interested in his criminology abilities than in his progress in psychology. Because of traumatic circumstances during her childhood she is ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Madden
CAST:  Jim Belushi  •  Linda Hamilton  •  Vera Miles  •  Elisabeth Moss

Fire! (1977)

The sheer terror and unearthly beauty of a raging forest fire is breathlessly captured in this compelling Irwin Allen production boasting a big-name cast and enough blazing special effects to turn night into day. Involved are a lumber mill owner (Ernest Borgnine), ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Earl Bellamy
CAST:  Ernest Borgnine  •  Vera Miles  •  Patty Duke  •  Alex Cord

The sheer terror and unearthly beauty of a raging forest fire is breathlessly captured in this compelling Irwin Allen production boasting a big-name cast and enough blazing special effects to turn night into day. Involved are a lumber mill owner (Ernest Borgnine), ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Earl Bellamy
CAST:  Ernest Borgnine  •  Vera Miles  •  Patty Duke  •  Alex Cord
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