Michener Art Museum

J.P. Miller


Photograph by Jack Rosen,1995, James A. Michener Art Museum
FICTION WRITER, POET, STAGE & SCREEN ARTIST
BORN: December 18, 1919, San Antonio, Texas
DIED: November 1, 2001, Flemington, New Jersey


J. P. Miller is the author of several historically based television dramas including a dramatization of the Lindbergh kidnapping case. He is perhaps best known for his adaptation of the book based on the life and crimes of Charles Manson, Helter Skelter, which won the Edgar Allen Poe Award in 1976. He won an Emmy in 1969 for The People Next Door, and a special award from the Mystery Writers of America for Your Money or Your Wife in 1974. The movie, The Days of Wine and Roses, starring Jack Lemmon and Lee Remick was nominated for an Oscar in 1962. Miller first began to write for television in the medium's infant stages, regularly supplying scripts for television plays. Many of Miller's characters are drawn from his personal experiences which include a stint as a professional boxer under the name "Tex Frontier," a foreign news correspondent in Mexico, an instructor of creative writing, and even a refrigerator salesman.
Prior to settling down in the Bucks County region, Miller had a distinguished Navy career as a lieutenant serving in the South Pacific during WWII, where he earned the Presidential Unit Citation, Purple Heart and Bronze Star.
At the time of his death, Miller was at work on an autobiography at his home in Stockton, New Jersey, where he lived since 1965.