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Thomas Mitchell

Highest Rated:   100% The Long Voyage Home (1940)
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Birthplace:   Elizabeth, New Jersey, USA
The son of Irish immigrants, Thomas Mitchell came from a family of journalists and civic leaders; his nephew, James Mitchell, later became the U.S. Secretary of Labor. Following the lead of his father and brother, Mitchell became a newspaper reporter after high school, but derived more pleasure out of writing comic theatrical skits than pursuing late-breaking scoops. He became an actor in 1913, at one point touring with Charles Coburn's Shakespeare Company. Even when playing leads on Broadway in the 1920s, Mitchell never completely gave up writing; his play Little Accident, co-written with Floyd Dell, would be filmed by Hollywood three times. Entering films in 1934, Mitchell's first role of note was as the regenerate embezzler in Frank Capra's Lost Horizon (1937). Many film fans assume that Mitchell won his 1939 Best Supporting Oscar for his portrayal of Gerald O'Hara in the blockbuster Gone With the Wind; in fact, he won the prize for his performance as the drunken doctor in Stagecoach -- one of five Thomas Mitchell movie appearances in 1939 (his other films that year, classics all, were Only Angels Have Wings, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, and The Hunchback of Notre Dame). Those who watch TV only during the Christmas season are familiar with Mitchell's portrayal of the pathetic Uncle Billy in Capra's It's a Wonderful Life (1946). In the 1950s, Mitchell won an Emmy in 1952, a Tony award (for Wonderful Town) in 1954, and starred in the TV series Mayor of the Town (1954). In 1960, Mitchell originated the role of Lieutant Columbo (later essayed by Peter Falk) in the Broadway play Prescription Murder. Thomas Mitchell died of cancer in December of 1962, just two days after the death of his Hunchback of Notre Dame co-star, Charles Laughton.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
49% RoboCop
  • Omnicorp Technician
$50.7M 2014
No Score Yet Cold Blooded
  • Actor
2012
No Score Yet Teddy Bear
  • Actor
2011
70% Red
  • Lone Agent
$89M 2010
No Score Yet Our Fathers
  • Gary Bergeron
2005
No Score Yet Trilogy of Terror II
  • Lew
1996
0% Getting Away with Murder
  • Nazi Sympathizer
1996
14% Another Stakeout
  • Seattle Det Gilliam
1993
47% PCU
  • Bantam Draper
1993
63% Pocketful of Miracles
  • Judge Henry G. Blake
1961
No Score Yet By Love Possessed
  • Noah Tuttle
1961
89% While the City Sleeps
  • John Day Griffith
1955
No Score Yet Hour of Stars
  • Kris Kringle
1955
No Score Yet Secret of the Incas
  • Ed Morgan
1954
No Score Yet Big Moment
  • Actor
1954
96% High Noon
  • Henderson
1952
No Score Yet The Toast of New Orleans
  • Actor
1950
No Score Yet The Big Wheel
  • Arthur 'Red' Stanley
1949
No Score Yet Alias Nick Beal
  • Joseph Foster
1949
No Score Yet Alias Nick Beal
  • Actor
1949
No Score Yet Silver River
  • John Plato Beck
1948
No Score Yet Romance of Rosy Ridge
  • Gill MacBean
1947
No Score Yet High Barbaree
  • Capt. Thad Vail
1947
94% It's a Wonderful Life
  • Oncle Billy
1946
No Score Yet The Dark Mirror
  • Lt. Stevenson
1946
No Score Yet Adventure
  • Mudgin
1945
No Score Yet The Keys of the Kingdom
  • Dr. Willie Tullock
1944
No Score Yet Dark Waters
  • Mr. Sydney
1944
88% Wilson
  • Joseph Tumulty
1944
No Score Yet The Fighting Sullivans
  • Mr. Sullivan
1944
No Score Yet Buffalo Bill
  • Ned Buntline
1944
No Score Yet Flesh And Fantasy
  • Septimus Podgers
1943
No Score Yet Bataan
  • Cpl. Jake Feingold
1943
89% The Outlaw
  • Pat Garrett
1943
No Score Yet Immortal Sergeant
  • Sgt. Kelly
1943
No Score Yet Howard Hughes: The Outlaw
  • Actor
1943
80% The Black Swan
  • Tommy Blue
1942
No Score Yet Tales of Manhattan
  • John Halloway
1942
No Score Yet This Above All
  • Monty
1942
No Score Yet Song of the Islands
  • Dennis O'Brien
1942
No Score Yet Joan of Paris
  • Father Antoine
1942
No Score Yet Moontide
  • Tiny
1942
No Score Yet Out of the Fog
  • Jonah Goodwin
1941
No Score Yet Flight from Destiny
  • Prof. Henry Todhunter
1941
100% The Long Voyage Home
  • Driscoll
1940
83% Our Town
  • Dr. Gibbs
1940
No Score Yet Three Cheers for the Irish
  • Peter Casey
1940
No Score Yet Swiss Family Robinson
  • William Robinson
1940
60% Angels over Broadway
  • Gene Gibbons
1940
93% Gone With the Wind
  • Gerald O'Hara
1939
94% Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
  • Diz Moore
1939
100% Only Angels Have Wings
  • Kid Dabb
1939
100% Stagecoach
  • Dr. Josiah Boone
1939
100% The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • Clopin
1939
No Score Yet Trade Winds
  • Commissioner Blackton
1938
100% Lost Horizon
  • Henry Barnard
1937
100% Make Way for Tomorrow
  • George
1937
No Score Yet When You're in Love
  • Hank Miller
1937
No Score Yet The Hurricane
  • Dr. Kersaint
1937
No Score Yet Theodora Goes Wild
  • Jed Waterbury
1936
No Score Yet Adventure in Manhattan (Manhattan Madness)
  • Phil Bane
1936
No Score Yet Craig's Wife
  • Fergus Passmore
1936

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Rookie Blue
2010-2015
  • Darren
  • 2010

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