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Thomas Mitchell (actor)

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Thomas Mitchell (July 11, 1892December 17, 1962) was an American film actor.

Born in Elizabeth, New Jersey, Mitchell began his film career in 1923, and went on to become one of the screen's most successful character actors. He won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for Stagecoach (1939), an Emmy Award as the Best Actor of 1953, and a Tony Award in 1953 for the musical Hazell Flagg (based on the Carole Lombard film Nothing Sacred)

He is also remembered as Scarlett's father, Gerald O'Hara in Gone With the Wind (1939).

Some other notable films in which he appeared include Theodora Goes Wild (1936), Lost Horizon (1937), Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Only Angels Have Wings (all in 1939), The Long Voyage Home (1940), Our Town (1940), The Devil and Daniel Webster (1941), Wilson (1944), The Keys of the Kingdom (1944), It's a Wonderful Life (1946), and High Noon (1952).

In the early 1960s, he originated the stage role of "Colombo," later made famous on television by Peter Falk.

Thomas Mitchell passed away in 1962 from cancer in Beverly Hills, California. He was cremated and his ashes stored in the vault at the Chapel of the Pines Crematory in Los Angeles.

Thomas Mitchell has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, for Motion Pictures at 1651 Vine St, and for television at 6100 Hollywood Boulevard.


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