Native Son

There a few famous people from Scranton besides President Joe Biden. One of them was Jason Miller, who starred in the 1973 horror film The Exorcist. His family moved to Scranton in 1941, where Miller was educated at St. Patrick's High School and the Jesuit-run University of Scranton, where he received a degree in English and philosophy.

In case you are too young to know who Jason Miller was, his son is the actor Jason Patric. His most famous role was the priest in "The Exorcist". In 1982, Miller returned to Scranton to become artistic director of the Scranton Public Theatre. His alcoholism had gotten more progressive. His marriage to Jackie Gleason's daughter had ended in divorce. In 1972 he won a Pulitzer Prize for his play, That Championship Season, which also won the 1973

Tony Award for Best Play. In 1982, Miller directed the screen version of That Championship Season. Featured in the cast were Paul Sorvino, Martin Sheen, Stacy Keach, and Bruce Dern. His own film career was sporadic, as he preferred to work in regional theater. He died of a heart attack in a Scranton tavern, Farley’s Bar downtown in 2001.


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