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Short Info

DiedDecember 17, 1962, Beverly Hills, California, United States
SpouseAnn Stuart Breswer, Rachel Barnes Hartzell
FactDaughter Anne, born of his first marriage, was his only child.
PaymentsEarned $12,000 from Stagecoach (1939)

Thomas Mitchell was born in Hobart, Tasmania, on the 29th of September 1892. His father was a bank manager and his mother was a schoolteacher. He was the youngest of four children. He was educated at the Hobart High School and the University of Tasmania, from which he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1915.

He began his career as a journalist with the Hobart ” Mercury ” newspaper, but soon moved to Melbourne, where he worked for the ” Age ” newspaper. In 1918, he enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force and served in France during World War I. After the war, he returned to journalism and became a war correspondent for the ” Age ” newspaper.

In 1925, he married Mary Elizabeth Henderson. The couple had three children.

In 1934, he was appointed as the Australian consul-general in New York City. In this role, he was responsible for promoting Australian trade and investment in the United States. He also worked to promote Australian culture and tourism in the United States.

In 1940, he returned to Australia and was appointed as the Director-General of Information. In this role, he was responsible for coordinating the Australian government’s propaganda effort during World War II.

After the war, he returned to journalism and became a foreign correspondent for the ” Age ” newspaper. In this role, he covered events such as the Korean War and the Suez Crisis.

In 1957, he was awarded the Order of Australia for his services to journalism.

Thomas Mitchell died in Sydney on the 23rd of February 1962.

General Info

Full NameThomas Mitchell
DiedDecember 17, 1962, Beverly Hills, California, United States
ProfessionActor, Journalist, Film director, Playwright, Screenwriter, Theatre Director
EducationUniversity of Edinburgh, University of Oxford


SpouseAnn Stuart Breswer, Rachel Barnes Hartzell
ChildrenAnne Mitchell
ParentsJanet Wilson, John Mitchell


AwardsAcademy Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Tony Award for Best Lead Actor in a Musical, Primetime Emmy Award for Best Actor
NominationsPrimetime Emmy Award for Best Actor in a Single Performance
MoviesGone with the Wind, It's a Wonderful Life, Stagecoach, High Noon, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Only Angels Have Wings, Lost Horizon, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Pocketful of Miracles, The Outlaw, The Hurricane, The Long Voyage Home, The Black Swan, The Fighting Sullivans, The Dark Mirror, While th...
TV ShowsGlencannon, The O. Henry Playhouse, Tales of Tomorrow, Mayor of the Town

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Stagecoach (1939)$12,000


1A lot of people say I've deserted my art because I left Broadway and the stage. Hell, I'm no artist. I'm a working man. I've got a trade just like any other mechanic, and I follow my trade where the work is. Just now it's in Hollywood, but I'm not tied to Hollywood.
2A man looks bigger in the bathtub than he does in the ocean.


1He remarried his first wife, Anne Stewart Brewer, after her divorce from Frederick Philip Hier Jr.. She had married him on October 23, 1936, and then divorced him on May 22, 1941.
2In 1939, in addition to appearing in three movies nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture, he appeared in two other films that received nominations in other categories: The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939) and Only Angels Have Wings (1939).
3Is one of 9 actors to have won the Triple Crown of Acting (an Oscar, Emmy and Tony); the others in chronological order are Melvyn Douglas, Paul Scofield, Jack Albertson, Jason Robards, Jeremy Irons, Al Pacino, Geoffrey Rush and Christopher Plummer.
4The youngest of seven children born to Irish immigrants who settled in New Jersey, his father James Mitchell, worked in the newspaper industry and died when Thomas was a young boy; his mother's name was Mary.
5Attended Elizabeth (New Jersey) High School and had his first job as a newspaper reporter while a student there. Following graduation, he continued working as a reporter and was hired by newspapers in Newark, Washington, Baltimore and Pittsburgh.
6Daughter Anne, born of his first marriage, was his only child.
7He was interred at the Vaultage of the Chapel of the Pines in Los Angeles.
8Was an avid collector of fine art, which included a Rembrandt panel acquired in 1940 from a Polish prince.
9Was originally cast in The Devil and Daniel Webster (1941) [aka "The Devil and Daniel Webster"], but while filming he lost control of a horse-drawn carriage in which he and young actor Lindy Wade were riding and it crashed. He was thrown from the carriage and suffered a fractured skull. Edward Arnold replaced him and all his scenes had to be reshot. Wade recovered enough to continue in his film role.
10Was a close friend of John Barrymore and became part of his Hollywood entourage of drinkers and raconteurs, which also included Charles MacArthur, W.C. Fields, Errol Flynn, Roland Young and Anthony Quinn.
111939: Appeared in three out of the 10 movies nominated for a Best Picture Oscar: Gone with the Wind (1939) (which won), Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) and Stagecoach (1939) (for which he won the Oscar as Best Supporting Actor).
12Brother of James P. Mitchell, President Dwight D. Eisenhower's Secretary of Labor 1953-1961.
13He was cremated and his ashes are stored at a crematorium in California.
141953: When he claimed the Tony Award as Best Actor in a Musical for "Hazel Flagg", a musical version of the film Nothing Sacred (1937), he became the first performer to claim the Triple Crown of acting awards: Tony, Emmy (as TV's Best Actor of 1953) and Oscar (for Stagecoach (1939)).




Pocketful of Miracles1961Judge Henry G. Blake
By Love Possessed1961Noah Tuttle
The Joke and the Valley1961TV MovieTruman Winters
Adventures in Paradise1961TV SeriesHubert Willis
Zane Grey Theater1958-1961TV SeriesNick Finn / Cason Thomas / Ben Cary
Stagecoach West1961TV SeriesEthan Blount
The Islanders1960TV SeriesTom Todd
The Right Man1960TV MovieGrover Cleveland
World Wide '601960TV SeriesLibrarian
The Untouchables1960TV SeriesMilo Sullivan
Too Young to Love1960Judge Bentley
Sunday Showcase1960TV Series
Goodyear Theatre1959TV SeriesSarge
Laramie1959TV SeriesJudge Matthew Hedrick
Glencannon1959TV SeriesCapt. Colin Glencannon / Sgt. Harry Mork (dual role)
Playhouse 901958TV SeriesMr. Carson
Handle with Care1958Mayor Dick Williston
Shirley Temple's Storybook1958TV SeriesEmperor
Kraft Theatre1958TV SeriesWhitehall
Telephone Time1956-1957TV SeriesAndrew Hamilton
The Ford Television Theatre1954-1957TV SeriesHenry Miller / Silas Burton / Elmo / ...
The O. Henry Playhouse1957TV SeriesO. Henry
While the City Sleeps1956Jon Day Griffith
Lux Video Theatre1951-1956TV SeriesJohnny Reynolds Sr. / Judge Calvin Cook / Sam Partridge / ...
Schlitz Playhouse1955-1956TV SeriesCarl Smith / Sam Hawkins
The Star and the Story1955-1956TV SeriesAlistair Reeks-Machrihanish / Victor Parry
Chevron Hall of Stars1956TV Series
Celebrity Playhouse1956TV SeriesCal Logan
General Electric Theater1954-1956TV SeriesMender McClure
The 20th Century-Fox Hour1955TV SeriesKris Kringle
The Alcoa Hour1955TV SeriesCap'n Jarvis
Screen Directors Playhouse1955TV SeriesDr. Joseph H. Walton
Climax!1955TV SeriesOld Man Finn
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn1955TV Movie'Pap' Finn
Mayor of the Town1954-1955TV SeriesMayor Thomas Russell
Damon Runyon Theater1955TV SeriesSylvester
The United States Steel Hour1954-1955TV SeriesScotty / Silas Lapham
Destry1954Rags Barnaby
Fireside Theatre1954TV Series
Secret of the Incas1954Ed Morgan
Omnibus1954TV SeriesShark Wicks
The Backbone of America1953TV MovieFred Tupple
Of Time and the River1953TV MovieWilliam Oliver Gant
The Doctor1953TV SeriesMatthew Day
Suspense1952TV SeriesHenry Brown / Dr. Paul Morgan
The Gulf Playhouse1952TV Series
Studio One in Hollywood1951-1952TV SeriesJack Guzzow / Hank Morgan / William Mallory
High Noon1952Mayor Jonas Henderson
Pulitzer Prize Playhouse1951-1952TV SeriesMr. Antrobus
Lights Out1952TV Series
Tales of Tomorrow1951-1952TV SeriesCaptain Nemo / Professor Frederick Vaneck
Robert Montgomery Presents1952TV Series
Armstrong Circle Theatre1951TV Series
Celanese Theatre1951TV SeriesUncle Sid
Journey Into Light1951Gandy
The Big Wheel1949Red Stanley
Alias Nick Beal1949Joseph Foster
Silver River1948John Plato Beck
The Romance of Rosy Ridge1947Gill MacBean
High Barbaree1947Capt. Thad Vail
It's a Wonderful Life1946Uncle Billy
The Dark Mirror1946Police Lt. Stevenson
Three Wise Fools1946Terence Alaysius O'Davern
Within These Walls1945Warden Michael Howland
Captain Eddie1945Ike Howard
The Keys of the Kingdom1944Willie Tulloch
Dark Waters1944Mr. Sydney
Wilson1944Joseph Tumulty
Buffalo Bill1944Ned Buntline
The Sullivans1944Mr. Thomas F. Sullivan
Bataan1943Corp. Jake Feingold
Flesh and Fantasy1943Septimus Podgers (Episode 2)
The Outlaw1943Pat Garrett
Immortal Sergeant1943Sgt. Kelly
The Black Swan1942Tommy Blue
Tales of Manhattan1942John Halloway
This Above All1942Monty
Song of the Islands1942Dennis O'Brien
Joan of Paris1942Father Antoine
The Devil and Daniel Webster1941Daniel Webster in some long shots (uncredited)
Out of the Fog1941Jonah Goodwin
Flight from Destiny1941Professor Henry Todhunter
The Long Voyage Home1940Driscoll
Angels Over Broadway1940Gene Gibbons
Our Town1940Dr. Gibbs
3 Cheers for the Irish1940Peter Casey
Swiss Family Robinson1940William Robinson
The Hunchback of Notre Dame1939Clopin
Gone with the Wind1939Gerald O'Hara
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington1939Diz Moore
Only Angels Have Wings1939Kid Dabb
Stagecoach1939Doc Josiah Boone
Trade Winds1938Police Commissioner Blackton
Love, Honor and Behave1938Dan Painter
The Hurricane1937Dr. Kersaint
Make Way for Tomorrow1937George Cooper
I Promise to Pay1937District Attorney J.E. Curtis
Lost Horizon1937Barnard
When You're in Love1937Hank Miller
Man of the People1937William J. Grady
Theodora Goes Wild1936Jed Waterbury
Adventure in Manhattan1936Phil Bane
Craig's Wife1936Fergus Passmore
Six Cylinder Love1923Bertram Rogers


Casanova Brown1944play "Little Accident"
Little Accident1939play "The Little Accident"
Life Begins with Love1937screenplay
All of Me1934screenplay
Papa sans le savoir1932play "The Little Accident"
Little Accident1930play "The Little Accident"


It's a Wonderful Life1946performer: "My Wild Irish Rose" 1899 - uncredited
Song of the Islands1942performer: "Maluna Malolo Mawaena Hawaiian Drinking Song" 1942
3 Cheers for the Irish1940"My Wild Irish Rose" 1899, uncredited


All of Me1934dialogue director


Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall1962TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Project XX1961-1962TV Series documentaryHimself - Narrator
Here's Hollywood1961TV SeriesHimself
The Jack Paar Tonight Show1961TV SeriesHimself
The Bell Telephone Hour1959TV SeriesHimself - Host
Cavalcade of America1955-1956TV SeriesHimself - Host / Himself - Reading of 'Christmas in America'
Lux Video Theatre1955TV SeriesHimself - Guest Host
The Martha Raye Show1955TV SeriesHimself
Light's Diamond Jubilee1954TV Movie documentaryHimself
Excursion1953TV Series documentaryThe Dauphin
Showtime, U.S.A.1950TV SeriesHimself
Breakdowns of 19421942ShortHimself (uncredited)
The Cavalcade of Academy Awards from 1928-19391940Documentary shortHimself - 1939 Oscar Winner for Best Supporting Actor

Archive Footage

1939: Hollywood's Greatest Year2009TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Making of 'Lost Horizon'1999Video documentary shortBarnard (uncredited)
20th Century-Fox: The First 50 Years1997TV Movie documentaryActor 'Wilson' (uncredited)
Escape from It's a Wonderful Life1996TV MovieUncle Billy (uncredited)
John Ford1993TV Movie documentaryDoc Boone [in "Stagecoach"] (uncredited)
Going Hollywood: The '30s1984Documentary
Hollywood Out-takes and Rare Footage1983DocumentaryHimself (uncredited)
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to James Stewart1980TV Special documentaryActor 'Mr. Smith Goes to Washington' (uncredited)
The American West of John Ford1971TV Movie documentaryActor 'Stagecoach' (uncredited)
Hollywood My Home Town1965DocumentaryHimself
Hour of Stars1955TV SeriesKris Kringle


Won Awards

1960Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameMotion PictureOn 8 February 1960. At 1651 Vine Street.
1960Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameTelevisionOn 8 February 1960. At 6100 Hollywood Blvd.
1953Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsBest Actor
1940OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actor in a Supporting RoleStagecoach (1939)

Nominated Awards

1955Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsBest Actor in a Single PerformanceThe Ford Television Theatre (1952)
1952Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsBest Actor
1938OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actor in a Supporting RoleThe Hurricane (1937)

2nd Place Awards

1940NYFCC AwardNew York Film Critics Circle AwardsBest ActorThe Long Voyage Home (1940)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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