|Thomas Mitchell Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 9¾ in|
|Date of Birth||July 11, 1892|
|Date of Death||December 17, 1962|
Thomas Mitchell was a renowned American actor and writer who was regarded as one of the greatest character actors of Hollywood’s Golden Age due to his work in classic films like It’s a Wonderful Life (1946), Gone with The Wind (1939), High Noon (1952), The Hurricane (1937), Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939), Stagecoach (1939), The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939), The Outlaw (1943), Only Angels Have Wings (1939), Lost Horizon (1937), to name a few.
Thomas John Mitchell
He was born on July 11, 1892.
He passed away from peritoneal mesothelioma (a type of cancer) on December 17, 1962, in Beverly Hills, California at the age of 70 years.
Elizabeth, New Jersey, United States
- Father – James E. Mitchell (Newspaper Reporter)
- Mother – Mary Donnelly
- Siblings – He had 6 older siblings including John Mitchell (Older Brother).
- Others – James P. Mitchell (Nephew) (Businessman, Politician, President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s Secretary of Labor from 1953 until 1961)
5 ft 9¾ in or 177 cm
82 kg or 180.5 lbs
Girlfriend / Spouse
Thomas Mitchell had dated –
- Ann Stuart Breswer (1915-1935; 1941-1962) – The Love, Honor and Behave (1938) actor tied the knot with Ann Stuart Breswer in 1915. However, they filed for divorce after 20 years of marriage in 1935. Furthermore, the couple decided to give marriage a second try and wed again on June 30, 1941. This time, they stayed together until Mitchell’s death in 1962.
- Rachel Hartzell (1936-1939) – Between his marriages to Ann, Mitchell was wedded to Rachel Hartzell from August 27, 1937, until 1939. During their short marriage, the couple welcomed a daughter named Anne Mitchell.
Race / Ethnicity
He had Irish ancestry.
However, his hair had turned ‘Gray’ by the time of his death.
Intense, expressive eyes
Thomas Mitchell Facts
- He was the first male actor to win the ‘Triple Crown of Acting’ (an Oscar, Emmy, and Tony Award). He won the ‘Best Supporting Actor’ Oscar for Stagecoach (1939) in 1940, the ‘Best Actor’ Emmy for The Doctor (1952-1953) in 1953, and the Tony Award for ‘Distinguished Musical Actor’ for Hazel Flagg in 1953. Moreover, Mitchell achieved this remarkable feat in a span of just 13 years.
- He was passionate about collecting fine art, and his prized collection included a Rembrandt panel that once belonged to a Polish prince.
- Throughout his career, Mitchell appeared in 8 ‘Best Picture’ Oscar-nominated films. These were Lost Horizon (1937), Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939), Stagecoach (1939), The Long Voyage Home (1940), Our Town (1940), Wilson (1944), It’s a Wonderful Life (1946), and High Noon (1952). Furthermore, he starred in 1 ‘Best Picture’ Oscar-winning film: Gone with the Wind (1939).
- His films Gone with the Wind (1939), Make Way for Tomorrow (1937), Lost Horizon (1937), Only Angels Have Wings (1939), Stagecoach (1939), High Noon (1952), Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939), and It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) were added to the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress for being ‘culturally, historically or aesthetically’ significant.
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