Millard Mitchell

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Millard Mitchell
Millard Mitchell in Singin in the Rain trailer.jpg
Mitchell in Singin' in the Rain (1952).
Born (1903-08-14)August 14, 1903
Havana, Cuba
Died October 13, 1953(1953-10-13) (aged 50)
Santa Monica, California, U.S.
Cause of death Lung Cancer
Resting place Holy Cross Cemetery
Culver City, California
Occupation Actor
Years active 1931-1953
Spouse(s) Peggy Gould
(m.?-1953; his death)[1]
Children Mary Ellis Mitchell
Margaret Mitchell

Millard Mitchell (August 14, 1903 – October 13, 1953) was an American character actor whose credits include roughly thirty feature films and two television appearances.

Born in Havana, Cuba, he appeared as a bit player in eight films between 1931 and 1936. Mitchell returned to film work in 1942 after a six-year absence. Between 1942 and 1953, he was a successful supporting actor.

For his performance in the film, My Six Convicts (1952), Mitchell won the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture. He is also known for his role as Col. Rufus Plummer in Billy Wilder's A Foreign Affair (1948), as Gregory Peck's commanding officer in the war drama Twelve O'Clock High (1949), and as the fictional movie mogul R. F. Simpson in the musical comedy Singin' in the Rain (1952).

Mitchell also appeared frequently on Broadway, often playing a fast-talking Broadway character, he played the starring role in The Great Campaign (1947).[2][3]

Mitchell died at the age of fifty from lung cancer at St. John's Hospital in Santa Monica, [1][4][5] and was interred in Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City.

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  1. ^ a b "Millard Mitchell is taken by death". Spokane Daily Chronicle. Associated Press. October 13, 1953. p. 6. 
  2. ^ "Millard Mitchell". IBDb (Internet Broadway Database). Retrieved February 22, 2017. 
  3. ^ Leon Morse (April 5, 1947). "Experimental Theater". Billboard. p. 44. Retrieved February 22, 2017. 
  4. ^ "Millard Mitchell, actor, is in coma". Reading Eagle. Associated Press. October 13, 1953. p. 32. 
  5. ^ "Millard Mitchell, film actor, dies". Quebec Chronicle-Telegraph. Associated Press. October 14, 1953. p. 10. 

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Preceded by
Peter Ustinov
for Quo Vadis
Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor - Motion Picture
for My Six Convicts
Succeeded by
Frank Sinatra
for From Here to Eternity