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Grant Mitchell

You would think stage and film veteran Grant Mitchell was born to play stern authoritarians; his father after all was General John Grant Mitchell. But Mitchell would actually be better known for his portrayals of harangued husbands, bemused dads and bilious executives in 30s and 40s films. Born June 17, 1874, in Columbus, Ohio, and a Yale post graduate at Harvard Law, Mitchell gave up his law practice to become an actor and made his stage debut at age 27. He appeared in many leads on Broadway in such plays as "It Pays to Advertise," "The Champion," "The Whole Town's Talking," and "The Baby Cyclone," the last of which was specially written for him by George M. Cohan. Mitchell's screen career officially got off the ground with the advent of sound, though he did show up in a couple of silents. The beefy, balding actor appeared primarily in "B" films, and actually had a rare lead in the totally forgotten Father Is a Prince (1940). From time to time, however, he enjoyed being a part of "A" quality classic films such as Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939), The Man Who Came to Dinner (1942), Laura (1944), and Arsenic and Old Lace (1944). Unmarried, he died at age 82 on May 1, 1957, in Los Angeles, California, USA  (cerebral thrombosis)

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Jun 17, 1874 In Columbus, OH
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Man to Man 1930-12-05
Latest Project:
Movie Brother, Can You Spare a Dime? 1975-08-06
Known For
Poster of Traveling Saleslady
Poster of Convention City
Poster of Lilly Turner
Poster of The Famous Ferguson Case
Movie Brother, Can You Spare a Dime? (archive footage) 1975-08-06
Movie The Big Parade of Comedy 1964-09-02
Movie Blondie's Holiday Samuel Breckenridge 1947-04-10
Movie Honeymoon Congressman Crenshaw 1947-05-17
Movie It Happened on Fifth Avenue Al Farrow 1947-04-17
Movie The Corpse Came C.O.D. Mitchell Edwards 1947-06-02
Movie Blondie's Anniversary Samuel Breckenbridge 1947-12-18
Movie Easy to Wed Homer Henshaw 1946-07-25
Movie Crime, Inc. Wayne Clark 1945-04-15
Movie Bring on the Girls Ralph Neely 1945-03-30
Movie Conflict Dr. Grant 1945-06-15
Movie A Medal for Benny Mayor Smiley 1945-04-16
Movie Leave Her to Heaven Carlson (uncredited) 1945-12-25
Movie Guest Wife House Detective 1945-07-27
Movie Her Favorite Patient Mr. Pope 1945-06-22
Movie See Here, Private Hargrove Uncle George 1944-03-18
Movie Step Lively Dr. Gibbs 1944-07-26
Movie Arsenic and Old Lace Reverend Harper 1944-09-01
Movie And Now Tomorrow Uncle Wallace 1944-11-22
Movie When the Lights Go On Again Arnold Benson 1944-10-22
Movie The Impatient Years Hotel Clerk 1944-09-10
Movie All by Myself J.D. Gibbons 1943-06-11
Movie Dixie Mr. Mason 1943-06-23
Movie Meet the Stewarts Pierce Goodwin 1942-05-21
Movie Larceny, Inc. Mr. Aspinwall 1942-04-24
Movie The Gay Sisters Gilbert Wheeler 1942-08-01
Movie The Man Who Came to Dinner Ernest W. Stanley 1942-01-01
Movie Cairo Mr. O.H.P. Boggs 1942-08-17
Movie My Sister Eileen Walter Sherwood 1942-09-24
Movie Orchestra Wives Dr. Ward 1942-09-04
Movie The Penalty Judge 1941-03-13
Movie Tobacco Road George Payne 1941-02-20
Movie The Great Lie Joshua Mason 1941-04-05
Movie Footsteps in the Dark Wellington Carruthers 1941-03-08
Movie The Feminine Touch Dean Hutchinson 1941-10-01
Movie Nothing But the Truth Mr. Bishop 1941-10-10
Movie Skylark Frederick Vantine 1941-11-21
Movie One Foot in Heaven Clayton Potter 1941-11-01
Movie It All Came True Mr. Rene Salmon 1940-04-06
Movie Castle on the Hudson Dr. Ames - the Psychologist (uncredited) 1940-02-17
Movie The Grapes of Wrath Caretaker 1940-03-15
Movie Edison, the Man Snade 1940-05-10
Movie New Moon Governor of New Orleans 1940-06-28
Movie Father Is A Prince John W. Bower 1940-11-18
Movie We Who Are Young Jones 1940-07-19
Movie My Love Came Back Dr. Kobbe 1940-07-13
Movie 6,000 Enemies Warden Alan Parkhurst 1939-06-09
Movie On Borrowed Time Mr. Pilbeam 1939-07-07
Movie Hell's Kitchen Hiram Krispan 1939-07-03
Movie The Monroe Doctrine John Quincy Adams 1939-10-14
Movie The Secret of Dr. Kildare John Xerxes Archley 1939-11-24
Movie Mr. Smith Goes to Washington Senator MacPherson 1939-10-19
Movie Women Are Like That Mr. Snell 1938-04-23
Movie Youth Takes a Fling Duke 1938-09-22
Movie That Certain Age Jeweler 1938-10-06
Movie Peck's Bad Boy with the Circus Henry Peck 1938-12-02
Movie Music for Madame District Attorney Ernest Robinson 1937-10-08
Movie The Life of Emile Zola Georges Clemenceau 1937-10-02
Movie The Last Gangster Warden 1937-11-12
Movie Hollywood Hotel B.L. Faulkin 1937-12-20
Movie Lady Behave! Burton Williams 1937-12-22
Movie First Lady Ellsworth T. Banning 1937-12-04
Movie Moonlight Murder Paul Adams 1936-03-27
Movie Next Time We Love Michael Jennings 1936-01-30
Movie Her Master's Voice Horace J. Twilling 1936-01-17
Movie The Ex-Mrs. Bradford John Summers, Luxury's Owner 1936-05-13
Movie The Garden Murder Case District Attorney Markham 1936-02-21
Movie Parole! Marty Crawford 1936-06-14
Movie Piccadilly Jim Herbert Pett 1936-08-14
Movie The Devil Is a Sissy Paul Krumpp 1936-09-18
Movie My American Wife Robert Cantillon 1936-08-06
Movie Men Without Names Andrew Webster 1935-06-29
Movie Broadway Gondolier E.V. Richards, Radio Producer 1935-07-27
Movie Traveling Saleslady Rufus Twitchell 1935-03-28
Movie Gold Diggers of 1935 Louis Lamson 1935-03-15
Movie Redheads on Parade Minor Role (uncredited) 1935-09-07
Movie One More Spring Henry Sheridan 1935-02-15
Movie Things You Never See on the Screen Himself 1935-12-01
Movie A Dream Comes True Egeus (archive footage) (uncredited) 1935-12-31
Movie A Midsummer Night's Dream Egeus 1935-10-09
Movie Seven Keys to Baldpate Thomas Hayden 1935-12-13
Movie It's in the Air W. R. Gridley 1935-10-10
Movie In Person Judge Thaddeus Parks 1935-11-22
Movie We're Rich Again Wilbur Page 1934-07-13
Movie Twenty Million Sweethearts Sharpe 1934-05-26
Movie The Show-Off Mr. 'Pa' 1934-03-09
Movie The Poor Rich Tom Hopkins 1934-02-25
Movie The Cat's-Paw Silk Hot McGee 1934-08-07
Movie One Exciting Adventure Fussli 1934-09-01
Movie The Case of the Howling Dog District Attorney Claude Drumm 1934-09-22
Movie The Secret Bride Willis Martin 1934-12-22
Movie 365 Nights in Hollywood J. Walter Delmar 1934-12-11
Movie Gridiron Flash Howard Smith 1934-10-06
Movie Heroes for Sale George Gibson 1933-06-17
Movie Lilly Turner Dr. Hawley 1933-05-13
Movie He Learned About Women Appleby 1933-03-02
Movie I Love That Man Dr. Crittenden - Dentist 1933-07-07
Movie Our Betters Thornton Clay 1933-03-17
Movie Central Airport Mr. Blaine 1933-04-15
Movie Tomorrow at Seven Austin Winters 1933-06-01
Movie Dinner at Eight Ed Loomis 1933-12-22
Movie The Stranger's Return Allen 1933-07-28
Movie Convention City J.B. Honeywell 1933-12-14
Movie King for a Night Rev. John Williams 1933-12-09
Movie Saturday's Millions Ezra Fowler 1933-09-30
Movie Wild Boys of the Road James Smith 1933-10-07
Movie Dancing Lady Jasper Bradley Sr. 1933-11-24
Movie Week-End Marriage Doctor 1932-06-18
Movie The Famous Ferguson Case Martin Collins 1932-04-19
Movie A Successful Calamity Connors 1932-09-17
Movie No Man of Her Own Charlie Vane 1932-12-30
Movie Big City Blues Station Agent 1932-09-18
Movie If I Had a Million Prison Priest (uncredited) 1932-12-02
Movie Three on a Match Mr. Gilmore (uncredited) 1932-10-29
Movie The Star Witness Pa Leeds 1931-08-22
Movie Man to Man Barber John Martin Bolton 1930-12-05
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