Warren Mitchell

Highest Rated: 92% Help! (1965)
Lowest Rated: 50% Jabberwocky (1977)
Birthday: Jan 14, 1926
Birthplace: Not Available
Warren Mitchell might be the finest actor in England of his generation, which overlaps with Laurence Olivier, Ralph Richardson, John Gielgud, Albert Finney, Michael Caine, Ben Kingsley, and Alan Bates. Mitchell is certainly among the best of his profession from that era and the rival to any of those actors; the difference is that Mitchell has made his career almost exclusively in England. Born Warren Misell to an Orthodox Jewish family in London in 1926, he grew up over his grandmother's fish-and-chips shop in the East End. Misell's mother died when he was 13 and his father did his best holding the family together on his own. At around the same time, young Misell was partly alienated from his family when he chose to fulfill his obligation to the football team for which he was playing by participating in a game on Yom Kippur, the most sacred day in the Jewish calendar. Misell made it on his own as an actor through some lean years; after training at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, he married, had a family, and watched as his wife got steadier work than he did for many years while he raised the family. Misell's earliest professional credits on stage and screen date from 1954, when the 29-year-old actor, having changed his name to Warren Mitchell, appeared in a production of Can-Can at the Coliseum in London and made an appearance in the feature film Passing Stranger. He did The Threepenny Opera at the Royal Court Theatre, found some television work, and played ever larger roles in movies through the 1950s. Science fiction fans will remember him as Professor Crevett in The Crawling Eye; it was one of many avuncular and older-man roles that Mitchell played successfully in his thirties, following a pattern slightly similar to that of his colleague Lionel Jeffries. His screen work fairly exploded in the late '50s and kept Mitchell busy in character roles for the next decade. American audiences of a certain age may remember him as Abdul in the Beatles's feature film Help! (1965), and he also did some delightful work in episodes of The Avengers. In 1966, Mitchell got the role that turned him into a star when he won the lead in the television series Till Death Us Do Part. In the series, created by Johnny Speight, Mitchell played belligerent, bigoted, working-class, right-wing zealot Alf Garnett, head of a family that included his long-suffering wife, slightly bubble-headed daughter, and dedicated socialist son-in-law. Mitchell became an instant star on the series, which was an immediate hit in England and was popular enough to attract attention from America, where it was translated by producers Norman Lear and Bud Yorkin into All in the Family and became a star vehicle for Carroll O'Connor, in Alf's transatlantic equivalent, Archie Bunker. Mitchell ended up playing the role of Alf Garnett in numerous follow-up seasons and revivals, as well as a feature film, and the part became a defining point in his career. It also proved to be very controversial, as Mitchell brought so much humanity, and just enough gentleness, to the role of Alf Garnett that one could not be entirely repulsed by the character. Many pundits and columnists felt that he made the bigoted, racist figure too appealing, but others found him to be a compelling presence in the highly repulsive, deeply flawed character, which is the goal of any real actor. Luckily for his career, Mitchell was able to quickly move into other, better, and different roles, on stage and television, and now he had the recognition to get the offers. This culminated with a wave of recognition, highlighted by the Society of West End Theatre Award (the British equivalent of the Tony Award) for his portrayal of Willy Loman in Death of a Salesman in 1979. Amid essaying roles in a vast range of modern and classical works, Mitchell also portrayed Shylock in the public television production of Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice. In more recent years, Mitchell has been acclaimed for his King Lear as we

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet The Sandwich Man Gypsy Syd 2013
No Score Yet Gormenghast Barquentine 2000
No Score Yet Crackers Albert Hall 1998
No Score Yet Ain't Misbehavin' Actor 1997
No Score Yet Brahms and the Little Singing Girls Brahms 1996
No Score Yet Kokoda Crescent Stan 1989
No Score Yet Knights and Emeralds Mr. Krikpatrick 1986
No Score Yet Foreign Body I.Q. Patel 1986
No Score Yet The Chain Bamber 1985
No Score Yet Last Bastion Actor 1984
60% The Plague Dogs Tyson 1983
No Score Yet Waterfront Actor 1983
No Score Yet Norman Loves Rose Morris 1982
No Score Yet Meetings with Remarkable Men Gurdjieff's Father 1979
50% Jabberwocky Mr. Fishfinger 1977
No Score Yet Stand Up Virgin Soldiers Morris-Morris 1977
No Score Yet What Changed Charley Farthing? (El tramposo)(The Bananas Boat)(The Swindler) MacGregor 1976
No Score Yet Innocent Bystanders Omar 1972
No Score Yet All The Way Up Actor 1970
No Score Yet Moon Zero Two J.J. Hubbard 1969
71% The Assassination Bureau Weiss 1969
No Score Yet Diamonds for Breakfast Popov 1968
No Score Yet The Jokers Lennie 1967
No Score Yet Night Caller from Outer Space Lilburn 1966
60% Arrivederci, Baby! Conte de Rienzi/Maximilian 1966
92% Help! Abdul 1965
No Score Yet The Intelligence Men Prozoroff 1965
87% The Spy Who Came In from the Cold Mr. Zanfrello 1965
No Score Yet Carry on Cleo (Caligula: Funniest Home Videos) Spencius 1964
No Score Yet Unearthly Stranger Dr. Munro 1964
No Score Yet Promise Her Anything Panelist 1964
No Score Yet The Small World of Sammy Lee Lou 1963
No Score Yet Postman's Knock Rupert 1962
50% The Curse of the Werewolf Pepe Valiente 1961
No Score Yet The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone Giorgio 1961
No Score Yet The Pure Hell of St. Trinian's Actor 1961
No Score Yet Two Way Stretch Tailor 1960
No Score Yet Hell Is a City Traveller 1960
No Score Yet Tommy the Toreador Waiter 1959
63% The Crawling Eye (The Trollenberg Terror) Prof. Crevett 1958
No Score Yet Barnacle Bill Artie White 1957

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet The Avengers (1961)
1969
Capt. Jason Ambassador Brodny Keller Brodny
  • 1967
  • 1965
  • 1964
  • 1963
No Score Yet Till Death Do Us Part
1966
No Score Yet Waking the Dead
2011

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