John Cameron Mitchell

John Cameron Mitchell

Highest Rated: 100% Anita O'Day: The Life of a Jazz Singer (2007)

Lowest Rated: 11% Band of the Hand (1986)

Birthday: Apr 21, 1963

Birthplace: El Paso, Texas, USA

Behind every successful transsexual glam rocker there must be a vision, and in the case of Hedwig, the titular transsexual glam rock heroine of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, that vision belonged to actor, director, and writer John Cameron Mitchell. Mitchell, who, with composer Stephen Trask, first brought Hedwig to life back in the early '90s as an act at the Squeezebox, one of New York's most famed drag bars, spent several years on-stage as the star of the successful off-Broadway production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, winning two Obie awards in the process, before adapting the play for the big screen. When the film version of Hedwig premiered at the 2001 Sundance Festival, the story of Hedwig, the East German victim of a botched sex change operation with an unhappy love life and equally disastrous career, won Mitchell both the festival's Directing Award and Audience Award, as well as his greatest recognition to date.Born in El Paso, TX, on April 21, 1963, Mitchell's early life had certain aspects which provided the inspiration for the character of Hedwig. When his father, a U.S. Army general, moved the family to Berlin, Mitchell's babysitter, a German army wife who was also a prostitute, became the visual model for Mitchell's later creation.Mitchell broke into the entertainment business in the mid-'80s, appearing on a variety of television shows and little-seen films. During the 1990s, while he was appearing on-stage in Hedwig, he also popped up in films such as Spike Lee's Girl 6 (1996) and the TV spin-off of Party Girl, Daisy von Scherler Mayer's 1995 cult film starring Parker Posey. Mitchell's real screen breakthrough came courtesy of Hedwig and the Angry Inch; following its release, he began to receive attention from both critics and industry figures, many of whom wondered how Mitchell would choose to follow up such a unique and cult-inspiring directing debut.


Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Time Warp: The Greatest Cult Films of All-Time Volume 3: Comedy and Camp Actor 2020
47% How to Talk to Girls at Parties Producer Director Screenwriter 2018
85% My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea Brent Daniels $65.8K 2017
74% Danny Says Actor $44.2K 2016
No Score Yet Sigur Ros: Valtari Film Experiment Director 2012
86% Rabbit Hole Director Screenwriter $2.3M 2010
No Score Yet SqueezeBox! Actor 2008
No Score Yet Indie Sex: Censored Actor 2007
100% Anita O'Day: The Life of a Jazz Singer Actor 2007
68% Shortbus Screenwriter Director Producer $1.9M 2006
No Score Yet Follow My Voice: With the Music of Hedwig Actor 2006
92% Tarnation Executive Producer $0.5M 2004
92% Hedwig and the Angry Inch Hedwig Director $1.6M 2001
No Score Yet David Searching Man With Fruit 1997
33% Girl 6 Rob 1996
No Score Yet Daybreak Lennie 1993
No Score Yet Book of Love Floyd 1991
No Score Yet A Friendship in Vienna Actor 1988
No Score Yet One More Saturday Night Teenager 1986
11% Band of the Hand J.L. 1986
No Score Yet American Playhouse Calvin Fitch 1984


87% Shrill
Gabe 2020
97% The Good Fight
Felix Staples 2019
89% Girls
David 2014
No Score Yet Last Call With Carson Daly
Guest 2010
No Score Yet Law & Order
Eddoe Eddie 1995
No Score Yet MacGyver
Guest Aaron 1988
No Score Yet American Playhouse
Calvin Fitch 1986
No Score Yet The Equalizer
Ed 1986
17% Party Girl


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