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Each week eccentric multibillionaire John Beresford Tipton (whose face was never seen on teh series) would instruct his personal secretary, Michael Anthony, to present some unsuspecting individual wih a cashier's check for one million dollars, tax free. The object was to see how this new-found wealth would change the lives of its recipients. The answers to the question "What would you do if you had a million dollars?" intrigued and entertained audiences for more than five years. Michael Anthony was the only regular member of the cast and functioned more as a host than as a participant in the dramas. The only stipulation that Mr. Anthony made when he presented the checks to their recipients was taht they make no attempt to find out who their mysterious benefactor was, or reveal where they go the money to anybody but their spouse. If they did, they would have to forfeit the money.

Viewers never found out who he was, either. Each program opened with Tipton seated in the study of his huge estate, Silverstone, toying with his chessmen. He would call in his faithful secretary, deliver a few philosophical words of wisdom, and hand over the name of the latest recipient. Only the back of Tipton's head or his hand on the arm of a chair was ever seen on camera, and the files do not record who that hand or head belonged to (probably to several people over the years). The deep, authoritative voice of Mr. Tipton was that of a well-known Hollywood announcer, Paul Frees.

Reruns of The Millionaire were shown as part of the CBS daytime lineup from October 1959 to August 1963.
> Airing History & Information 
Last Airing Sep 28, 1960
Premiere January 19, 1955
Episodes 205
Network CBS
Format/Time Black & White / 30 Minutes
Country United States
Upcoming Airs Not currently airing
> Cast 
Roy Gordon....   Andrew V. McMahon / Lou (5 episodes)
Paul Frees....   John Beresford Tipton (voice) (1955-1960)
Nancy Gates....   Marcia Forrest / Julie Iris (3 episodes)
Joan Vohs....   Marianne / Rita Keeley (3 episodes)
Russ Conway....   Maxie / Lt. Walman (2 episodes)
Marvin Miller....   Michael Anthony (1955-1960)
Don Forbes....   Sportscaster (2 episodes)

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