Jason Miller (April 22, 1939 May 13, 2001) was an American actor and playwright. He received the 1973 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for his play That Championship Season, and was widely recognized for his role as Father Damien Karras in the 1973 horror film The Exorcist a role he reprised briefly in The Exorcist III: Legion. He later became Artistic Director of the Scranton Public Theatre in Scranton, Pennsylvania, where That Championship Season was set. Miller was born John Anthony Miller in Long Island City, Queens, the son of Mary Claire (ne Collins), a teacher, and John A. Miller, an electrician. His ancestry included Irish Catholic 'with some admixture of German'. His family moved to Scranton, Pennsylvania, where Miller was educated at St. Patrick's High School and the Jesuit-run University of Scranton. He attended The Catholic University of America (CUA) in Washington, D.C. At Catholic University, Miller taught drama and English at nearby Archbishop Carroll High School.