His parents were Polish-Jewish immigrants, and he was the second of three children. His wealthy father owned a business that manufactured women's clothing.
The Miller family lost everything, and moved from uptown Manhattan to Brooklyn.
Miller's first play, "Honors at Dawn" earned him an Avery Hopp Award at the University of Michigan.
Miller earned a B.A. in English.
She was his college sweetheart.
This play closed to terrible reviews after four performances, but won a Theater Guild's National Award anyway.
"All My Sons" opened on Broadway and was a resounding success, earning Miller a Tony.
Miller completed Act 1 in a single day.
Miller's most famous play won him another Tony Award for Best Author, the New York Drama Circle Critics' Award, and the Pulitzer Prize. It is regarded as an American classic.
This allegorical play likened the Salem Witch Trials to the Red Scare that permeated U.S. government. It is another classic.
He was unable to attend "The Crucible's" London premiere at the insistance of the government. His run-ins with H.U.A.C. would influence his later work.
Elia Kazan named Miller as one of eight members of the Group Theater who was allegedly a Communist Party member in 1952. Miller was questioned.
During Miller's H.U.A.C. hearings, he was fined $500 or given a thirty day prison sentence, blacklisted, and denied a passport.
It was decided that Miller was innocent, having been mislead by the chairman of H.U.A.C.
The film starred his wife, Marilyn Monroe. Miller believed this to be one of the lowest points of his life, and the pair would divorce the following year.
This play was very personal to Miller, dealing with the dissolution of his marriage to Monroe.
He was banned as a dissident writer.
Finishing the Picture, premieres at Chicago's Goodman Theatre. It was based on the filming of "The Misfits."
Miller suffered congestive heart failure at his home.