Grant Mitchell

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John Grant Mitchell Jr. (born June 17, 1874 in Columbus , Ohio , † May 1, 1957 in Los Angeles , California ) was an American actor .

life and career

Grant Mitchell was born as the son of Civil War General John G. Mitchell (1838-1894) into wealthy and respected circumstances. His great uncle was US President Rutherford B. Hayes . During his school career, he attended Yale College and Harvard University . Mitchell initially worked as a lawyer for a few years before making his theater debut at the age of 27. Mitchell began working on Broadway in 1902 , where he became a popular performer and played leading roles for many years. By November 1938 he was seen on Broadway in a total of over 25 productions. George M. Cohan wrote The Baby Cyclone around 1927 specifically as a vehicle for Mitchell, who was considered one of Cohan's favorite actors. His first films were The Misleading Lady (1916) and Radio Mania (1922); But it wasn't until the early 1930s, with the start of talkies, that the actor was regularly seen in films.

After a few minor roles, the white-haired Mitchell became a very busy actor in supporting roles, especially for Warner Bros. he worked regularly. Mitchell usually embodied serious and serious figures such as businessmen, bankers, lawyers and politicians, but sometimes with a funny touch. He was also cast several times as the father of the main female character. Mitchell played very often in B-films, including in Father is a Prince from 1939, where he held one of his few leading roles. His films, which are still better known today, include Max Reinhardt 's Shakespeare adaptation A Midsummer Night's Dream (1935), where he played the role of Hermia's strict father Egeus, and Frank Capra's classic comedy Arsen and Lace Cap (1944), in which Mitchell played the conservative Pastor Harper. In Capra's political satire Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) he played a Washington senator, in John Ford's award-winning literary film The Fruits of Wrath (1940) he was seen as the kind hearted director of a reception center for victims of the Great Depression .

In 1948 Mitchell ended his acting career. He had acted in over 125 films, rarely was a role without mentioning in the credits. Mitchell was never married and had no children when he died in 1957 at the age of 82.

Filmography (selection)

Web links

Commons : Grant Mitchell  - Collection of Pictures, Videos and Audio Files

Individual evidence

  1. Where Was Grant Mitchell Born? Grant Mitchell Hometown, Birthplace. Retrieved September 10, 2018 (American English).