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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 31 October 1957Seattle, Washington, USA
Nickname Stokes
Height 6' 1" (1.85 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Brian Stokes Mitchell was born on October 31, 1957 in Seattle, Washington, USA. He is an actor, known for Trapper John, M.D. (1979), James Bond Jr. (1991) and Ruby's Bucket of Blood (2001). He has been married to Allyson Tucker since September 3, 1994. They have one child.

Spouse (1)

Allyson Tucker (3 September 1994 - present) (1 child)

Trivia (12)

Won Broadway's 2000 Tony Award as Best Actor (Musical) for a revival of Cole Porter's "Kiss Me, Kate." He has been Tony-nominated three other times: twice as Best Actor (Musical), in 1998 for portraying Colehouse Walker in "Ragtime" and in 2003 for playing the Cervantes/Don Quixote character in a revival of "Man of La Mancha;" and once as Best Actor (Play), in 2001 for August Wilson's "King Hedley II."
Was nominated for a 1998 Tony for "Best Actor in a Musical" for his portrayal of "Coalhouse Walker" opposite Audra McDonald.
Added "Stokes" to his name because there were too many Brian Mitchells running around. Stokes is his mother's maiden name.
Began taking piano lessons at age six.
He found work in the mid to late 1970s with the Twelfth Night Repertory Company as both an actor and resident composer.
Was a regular cast member on the medical drama series "Trapper John, M.D." with Pernell Roberts as a cocky intern. He also composed the musical scores for some of the show's episodes.
Mitchell's ethnic background is German, Scottish, African, and Native American.
Trained and first acted at the San Diego Junior Theater, making his debut in a production of "Godspell" in 1974 at the Old Globe.
Born in Seattle, he grew up the youngest of four children in Navy bases in Guam and the Philippines. His father George, a former Tuskegee airman during WWII, was an electronics engineer; mother Lillian Stokes a policewoman and school administrator.
Went to high school with Annette Bening.
Currently co-starring on Broadway with Patti Lupone and Sherie Rene Scott in the new musical version of the classic Pedro Almodovar film "Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown." It is set to open officially on Novermber 4. [October 2010]
It has been announced that he will play Cervantes and Don Quixote in an all-new staging of "Man of La Mancha", opposite Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio as Aldonza/Dulcinea.

Personal Quotes (3)

I'm one of the few lucky actors in the world. I've never waited tables. I never pumped gas. I've always earned a living. I never had to borrow from my parents. I was the first in our family to own a new car.
[T]hey didn't know what to do with me. 'He looks black but kinda white, maybe Hispanic.' And they don't want somebody to think of that when they've got their thirty seconds and $6 million on the line. They're going for very specific markets. In a sense, that is a form of racism, and it is still practiced.
My family's very, very mixed. I am, I guess, a kind of melting pot person.

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