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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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Stagecoach Doc Josiah Boone
Gone with the Wind
Gone with the Wind Gerald O'Hara
It's a Wonderful Life
It's a Wonderful Life Uncle Billy


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 1961 Pocketful of Miracles
Judge Henry G. Blake
 1961 By Love Possessed
Noah Tuttle
 1961 The Joke and the Valley (TV Movie)
Truman Winters
 1961 Adventures in Paradise (TV Series)
Hubert Willis
 1958-1961 Zane Grey Theater (TV Series)
Nick Finn / Cason Thomas / Ben Cary
 1961 Stagecoach West (TV Series)
Ethan Blount
 1961 Our American Heritage (TV Series)
Joseph Murray
 1960 The Islanders (TV Series)
Tom Todd
 1960 The Right Man (TV Movie)
Grover Cleveland
 1960 World Wide '60 (TV Series)
 1960 The Untouchables (TV Series)
Milo Sullivan
 1960 Too Young to Love
Judge Bentley
 1960 Sunday Showcase (TV Series)
 1959 Glencannon (TV Series)
Capt. Colin Glencannon / Sgt. Harry Mork (dual role)
 1959 Goodyear Theatre (TV Series)
 1959 Laramie (TV Series)
Judge Matthew Hedrick
 1958 Playhouse 90 (TV Series)
Mr. Carson
 1958 Handle with Care
Mayor Dick Williston
 1958 Shirley Temple's Storybook (TV Series)
 1958 Kraft Theatre (TV Series)
 1957 The O. Henry Playhouse (TV Series)
O. Henry
 1956-1957 Telephone Time (TV Series)
Andrew Hamilton
 1954-1957 The Ford Television Theatre (TV Series)
Henry Miller / Silas Burton / Elmo / ...
 1956 While the City Sleeps
Jon Day Griffith
 1951-1956 Lux Video Theatre (TV Series)
Johnny Reynolds Sr. / Judge Calvin Cook / Sam Partridge / ...
 1955-1956 Schlitz Playhouse (TV Series)
Carl Smith / Sam Hawkins
 1955-1956 The Star and the Story (TV Series)
Alistair Reeks-Machrihanish / Victor Parry
 1956 Chevron Hall of Stars (TV Series)
 1956 Celebrity Playhouse (TV Series)
Cal Logan
 1954-1956 General Electric Theater (TV Series)
Mender McClure
 1955 The 20th Century-Fox Hour (TV Series)
Kris Kringle
 1955 The Alcoa Hour (TV Series)
Cap'n Jarvis
 1955 Screen Directors Playhouse (TV Series)
Dr. Joseph H. Walton
 1955 Climax! (TV Series)
Old Man Finn
 1955 The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (TV Movie)
'Pap' Finn
 1954-1955 Mayor of the Town (TV Series)
Mayor Thomas Russell
 1955 Damon Runyon Theater (TV Series)
 1954-1955 The United States Steel Hour (TV Series)
Scotty / Silas Lapham
 1954 Destry
Rags Barnaby
 1954 Fireside Theatre (TV Series)
 1954 Secret of the Incas
Ed Morgan
 1954 Medallion Theatre (TV Series)
 1954 Omnibus (TV Series)
Shark Wicks (segment "Nobody's Fool")
 1953 The Backbone of America (TV Movie)
Fred Tupple
 1953 Of Time and the River (II) (TV Movie)
William Oliver Gant
 1953 Of Time and the River (TV Movie)
William Oliver Gant
 1953 The Doctor (TV Series)
Matthew Day
 1952 Suspense (TV Series)
Henry Brown / Dr. Paul Morgan
 1952 The Gulf Playhouse (TV Series)
 1951-1952 Studio One in Hollywood (TV Series)
Jack Guzzow / Hank Morgan / William Mallory
 1952 High Noon
Mayor Jonas Henderson
 1951-1952 Pulitzer Prize Playhouse (TV Series)
Mr. Antrobus
 1951-1952 Betty Crocker Star Matinee (TV Series)
 1952 Lights Out (TV Series)
 1951-1952 Tales of Tomorrow (TV Series)
Captain Nemo / Professor Frederick Vaneck
 1952 Robert Montgomery Presents (TV Series)
 1951 Armstrong Circle Theatre (TV Series)
 1951 Celanese Theatre (TV Series)
Uncle Sid
 1951 Journey Into Light
 1950 Showtime, U.S.A. (TV Series)
 1949 The Big Wheel
Red Stanley
 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 It's a Wonderful Life
Uncle Billy
 1946 The Dark Mirror
Police Lt. Stevenson
 1946 Three Wise Fools
Terence Alaysius O'Davern
 1945 Adventure
 1945 Within These Walls
Warden Michael Howland
 1945 Captain Eddie
Ike Howard
 1944 The Keys of the Kingdom
Willie Tulloch
 1944 Dark Waters
Mr. Sydney
 1944 Wilson
Joseph Tumulty
 1944 Buffalo Bill
Ned Buntline
 1944 The Sullivans
Mr. Thomas F. Sullivan
 1943 Flesh and Fantasy
Septimus Podgers (Episode 2)
 1943 Bataan
Corp. Jake Feingold
 1943 The Outlaw
Pat Garrett
 1943 Immortal Sergeant
Sgt. Kelly
 1942 The Black Swan
Tommy Blue
 1942 Tales of Manhattan
John Halloway
 1942 This Above All
 1942 Moontide
 1942 Song of the Islands
Dennis O'Brien
 1942 Joan of Paris
Father Antoine
 1941 The Devil and Daniel Webster
Daniel Webster in some long shots (uncredited)
 1941 Out of the Fog
Jonah Goodwin
 1941 Flight from Destiny
Professor Henry Todhunter
 1940 The Long Voyage Home
 1940 Angels Over Broadway
Gene Gibbons
 1940 Our Town
Dr. Gibbs
 1940 3 Cheers for the Irish
Peter Casey
 1940 Swiss Family Robinson
William Robinson
 1939 Gone with the Wind
Gerald O'Hara
 1939 Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
Diz Moore
 1939 Only Angels Have Wings
Kid Dabb
 1939 Stagecoach
Doc Josiah Boone
 1938 Trade Winds
Police Commissioner Blackton
 1938 Love, Honor and Behave
Dan Painter
 1937 The Hurricane
Dr. Kersaint
 1937 Make Way for Tomorrow
George Cooper
 1937 I Promise to Pay
District Attorney J.E. Curtis
 1937 Lost Horizon
 1937 When You're in Love
Hank Miller
 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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Personal Details

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He acted in J.B. Priestley's play, "An Inspector Calls," at the Hanna Theatre in Cleveland, Ohio. See more »

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A man looks bigger in the bathtub than he does in the ocean. See more »


Attended Elizabeth (New Jersey) High School and had his first job as a newspaper reporter while a student there. Following graduation, he continued working as a reporter and was hired by newspapers in Newark, Washington, Baltimore and Pittsburgh. See more »



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