Mills spent two and a half years on the show and laid the foundation for the rest of his career. Upon leaving “As the World Turns” (1956), Mills immediately booked an episode of “Law & Order” (1990), which was the only other TV show being done in NY in 1993. Judson realized fame and fortune lay in sunny California, and one Thursday afternoon, he left everything behind (literally, he left everything in his apartment!) and moved to Hollywood.
The cocky young actor landed a role in a made-for-TV movie starring Alyssa Milano and Jamie Luner almost immediately, proving that obtaining work would not be a problem. Mills struggles would always surround his personal life and the attention people demanded of him.
At 22, Mills had landed in Hollywood and was already well on his way to stardom. His long-time friend and photographer Dino May became Judson’s Manager as well as mentor. Dino would prove to be not only a great manager, but family, sticking by Judson and helping him through the confusing road to success in the entertainment industry. Over the next ten or twelve years, Mills would Guest star on 25 or 30 TV shows including “NYPD Blue” (1993), “JAG” (1995), “Murder, She Wrote” (1984), “Beverly Hills, 90210” (1990), “The X-Files” (1993), and “CSI: Miami”(2002). He also broke into feature films, starting in independents like American Perfekt (1997) with Paul Sorvino, Robert Forester, Amanda Plummer, and David Thewlis, Joyride (1997) starring Tobey Maguire, ‘Benicio DelToro’, and Adam West. Judson’s first starring role in a “Studio Film” was as the surfer dude pitcher Hog Ellis, in the third installment in the Major League trilogy, Morgan Creek’s Major League: Back to the Minors (1998). He also went on to work with such greats as Cuba Gooding Jr., in Chill Factor (1999), Sir Ian McKellen and Brendan Fraser in the Academy Award nominated Gods and Monsters (1998), and Charlize Theron and Bill Paxton in Disney’s Mighty Joe Young (1998).
Most recently the up-and-coming star spent two years in Dallas with Chuck Norris filming the last 52 episodes of “Walker, Texas Ranger”(1993). The Norris family (Chuck, his brother Aaron, and son Eric) proved to be a valuable friendship when after finishing “Walker,” they continued working together filming the movie of the week The President’s Man: A Line in the Sand (2002) (TV). The movie drew 16 million plus viewers opposite the Golden Globe Awards in the Sunday evenings line-up and was set to be a series, only to be shelved amidst the country’s anguish over the horrors of 9-11.