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Thomas Mitchell (I) (1892–1962)

Thomas Mitchell was one of the great American character actors, whose credits read like a list of the greatest films of the 20th century: Lost Horizon (1937); Stagecoach (1939); The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939); Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939); Gone with the Wind (1939); It's a Wonderful Life (1946) and High Noon (1952). His portrayals are ... See full bio »

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 1961 By Love Possessed
Noah Tuttle
 1961 The Joke and the Valley (TV Movie)
Truman Winters
 1961 Adventures in Paradise (TV Series)
Hubert Willis
- A Penny a Day (1961) ... Hubert Willis
 1958-1961 Zane Grey Theater (TV Series)
Nick Finn / Cason Thomas / Ben Cary
- A Warm Day in Heaven (1961) ... Nick Finn
- Man Alone (1959) ... Cason Thomas
- Handful of Ashes (1958) ... Ben Cary
 1961 Stagecoach West (TV Series)
Ethan Blount
- Image of a Man (1961) ... Ethan Blount
 1960 The Islanders (TV Series)
Tom Todd
- Deadly Tomorrow (1960) ... Tom Todd
 1960 World Wide '60 (TV Series)
- The Secret of Freedom (1960) ... Librarian
 1960 The Untouchables (TV Series)
Milo Sullivan
- The Underworld Bank (1960) ... Milo Sullivan
 1960 Too Young to Love
Judge Bentley
 1960 Sunday Showcase (TV Series)
 1960 The Right Man (TV Movie)
Grover Cleveland
 1959 Goodyear Theatre (TV Series)
- Lady Bug (1959) ... Sarge
 1959 Laramie (TV Series)
Judge Matthew Hedrick
- Dark Verdict (1959) ... Judge Matthew Hedrick
 1958 Playhouse 90 (TV Series)
Mr. Carson
- Natchez (1958) ... Mr. Carson
 1958 Handle with Care
Mayor Dick Williston
 1958 Shirley Temple's Storybook (TV Series)
- The Nightingale (1958) ... Emperor
 1958 Kraft Theatre (TV Series)
- The Velvet Trap (1958) ... Whitehall
 1956-1957 Telephone Time (TV Series)
Andrew Hamilton
- The Gadfly (1957)
- Grandpa Changes the World (1956) ... Andrew Hamilton
 1954-1957 The Ford Television Theatre (TV Series)
Henry Miller / Silas Burton / Elmo / ...
- Remembrance Day (1956) ... Silas Burton
- Try Me for Size (1956) ... Elmo
- P.J. and the Lady (1955) ... P.J. Reilly
- Shadow of Truth (1954) ... Ralph Woodbury
 1956 While the City Sleeps
Jon Day Griffith
 1951-1956 Lux Video Theatre (TV Series)
Johnny Reynolds Sr. / Judge Calvin Cook / Sam Partridge / ...
- It Started with Eve (1956) ... Johnny Reynolds Sr.
- An Act of Murder (1955) ... Judge Calvin Cook
- The Country Lawyer (1952) ... Sam Partridge
- The Promotion (1952) ... Ralp Burgess
- A Child Is Born (1951) ... Innkeeper
 1955-1956 Schlitz Playhouse (TV Series)
Carl Smith / Sam Hawkins
- The Last Out (1955) ... Sam Hawkins
 1955-1956 The Star and the Story (TV Series)
Alistair Reeks-Machrihanish / Victor Parry
- They (1956)
- The Man Who Was Dead (1955) ... Alistair Reeks-Machrihanish
- The Unforgivable (1955) ... Victor Parry
 1956 Chevron Hall of Stars (TV Series)
- Eminent Domain (1956)
 1956 Celebrity Playhouse (TV Series)
Cal Logan
- They Flee by Night (1956) ... Cal Logan
 1954-1956 General Electric Theater (TV Series)
Mender McClure
- The Ballad of Mender McClure (1956) ... Mender McClure
 1955 The Alcoa Hour (TV Series)
Cap'n Jarvis
- Undertow (1955) ... Cap'n Jarvis
 1955 Screen Directors Playhouse (TV Series)
Dr. Joseph H. Walton
- The Final Tribute (1955) ... Dr. Joseph H. Walton
 1954-1955 Mayor of the Town (TV Series)
Mayor Thomas Russell
- Long May It Wag (1955) ... Mayor Thomas Russell
- War Hero (1954) ... Mayor Thomas Russell
- The Watchmaker (1954) ... Mayor Thomas Russell
- The School Teacher (1954) ... Mayor Thomas Russell
- The Poet (1954) ... Mayor Thomas Russell
 1955 Damon Runyon Theater (TV Series)
- It Comes Up Money (1955) ... Sylvester
 1954-1955 The United States Steel Hour (TV Series)
Scotty / Silas Lapham
- Freighter (1955) ... Scotty
- The Rise and Fall of Silas Lapham (1954) ... Silas Lapham
 1954 Fireside Theatre (TV Series)
- Afraid to Live (1954)
 1954 Secret of the Incas
Ed Morgan
 1954 Omnibus (TV Series)
Shark Wicks
- Nobody's Fool (1954) ... Shark Wicks
 1953 The Backbone of America (TV Movie)
Fred Tupple
 1953 Of Time and the River (TV Movie)
William Oliver Gant
 1953 The Doctor (TV Series)
Matthew Day
- Desk of Matthew Day (1953) ... Matthew Day
 1952 Suspense (TV Series)
Henry Brown / Dr. Paul Morgan
- A Time of Innocence (1952) ... Henry Brown
- North of Shanghai (1952) ... Dr. Paul Morgan
 1952 The Gulf Playhouse (TV Series)
- Mr. Nothing (1952)
 1951-1952 Studio One in Hollywood (TV Series)
Jack Guzzow / Hank Morgan / William Mallory
- The Square Peg (1952) ... Jack Guzzow
- The Story of Meg Mallory (1952) ... William Mallory
 1951-1952 Pulitzer Prize Playhouse (TV Series)
Mr. Antrobus
- The Skin of Our Teeth (1951) ... Mr. Antrobus
 1952 Lights Out (TV Series)
 1951-1952 Tales of Tomorrow (TV Series)
Captain Nemo / Professor Frederick Vaneck
- The Crystal Egg (1951) ... Professor Frederick Vaneck
 1952 Robert Montgomery Presents (TV Series)
 1951 Armstrong Circle Theatre (TV Series)
- The Long View (1951)
 1951 Celanese Theatre (TV Series)
Uncle Sid
- Ah, Wilderness! (1951) ... Uncle Sid
 1951 Journey Into Light
 1949 Alias Nick Beal
Joseph Foster
 1948 Silver River
John Plato Beck
 1947 The Romance of Rosy Ridge
Gill MacBean
 1947 High Barbaree
Capt. Thad Vail
 1946 The Dark Mirror
Lt. Stevenson
 1946 Three Wise Fools
Terence Alaysius O'Davern
 1945 Adventure
 1945 Captain Eddie
Ike Howard
 1943 Immortal Sergeant
Sgt. Kelly
 1942 Tales of Manhattan
John Halloway
 1942 This Above All
 1942 Moontide
 1941 Out of the Fog
Jonah Goodwin
 1941 Flight from Destiny
Professor Henry Todhunter
 1940 Three Cheers for the Irish
Peter Casey
 1938 Trade Winds
Police Commissioner Blackton
 1938 Love, Honor and Behave
Dan Painter
 1937 The Hurricane
Dr. Kersaint
 1937 I Promise to Pay
District Attorney J.E. Curtis
 1937 Lost Horizon
 1937 Man of the People
William J. Grady
 1936 Theodora Goes Wild
Jed Waterbury
 1936 Adventure in Manhattan
Phil Bane
 1936 Craig's Wife
Fergus Passmore
 1923 Six Cylinder Love
Bertram Rogers
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Stage Play: Crops and Croppers. Written by Theresa Helburn. Belmont Theatre: 12 Sep 1918-Sep 1918 (closing date unknown/20 performances). Cast: Louise Cook, Eleanor Cox, Irene Daly, Georges Flateau, Eileen Huban, Ben Johnson, Vernon Kelso, Charles Kennedy, Thomas Mitchell, Maud Sinclair, Henry Stanford, J.M. Troughton, Madeline Valentine, ... See more »

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Was originally cast in The Devil and Daniel Webster (1941) [aka "The Devil and Daniel Webster"], but while filming he lost control of a horse-drawn carriage in which he and young actor Lindy Wade were riding and it crashed. He was thrown from the carriage and suffered a fractured skull. Edward Arnold replaced him and all his scenes had to be reshot. Wade recovered enough to continue in his film ... See more »



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