Earlier in his career, Mr. Mitchell, an accomplished dancer, played leading roles in a number of Broadway musicals — among them Mack and Mable
, Paint Your Wagon
, and Bloomer Girl
He appeared with the American Ballet Theater in New York, Europe and South America, and with the Agnes DeMille Dance Theater on tour throughout the United States.
His films include That's Dancing
, a retrospective of great dance numbers in movie musicals; The Turning Point
, in which he played the artistic director; The Bandwagon
with Fred Astaire, Oklahoma
and Deep in My Heart
with Cyd Charisse. He also danced with Miss Charisse in both her 1965 television special and in the Academy Awards Presentation program in 1966.
From 1969 to 1973, he played the role of Professor Hathaway on the daytime series, Where the Heart Is
. Mr. Mitchell also appeared in the primetime series, Charlie's Angels
He starred on tour in Funny Girl
with Carol Lawrence, in The Threepenny Opera
with Chita Rivera and in The King and I
with Ann Blyth. Additionally, he served as assistant to the director of the Los Angeles Civic Light Opera production of Annie Get Your Gun
with Debbie Reynolds.
James taught movement for actors to theater arts students, which he described as "an exchange of the disciplines of dancing and acting." He also taught at Yale University and at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, which awarded him an honorary doctorate in fine arts.
James Mitchell died on January 22, 2010 from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), complicated by pneumonia. For more on the passing of James Mitchell, please click here
All My Children
June 1, 1979 to August 18, 2008
; January 5, 2010
; April 20, 2010
Where the Heart Is
What Waits Below
Laura, les ombres de l'été
Paul Thomas Wyler
The Turning Point
La Femme de Jean
The Spook Who Sat by the Door
Deep in My Heart
Dance Specialty in 'The Desert Song'
The Band Wagon
The Toast of New Orleans
Stars in My Crown
Dr. Daniel Kalbert Harris, Jr.
The House Across the Street
Nomination, Best Actor (1979)
Nomination, Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series (1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1988)
PLACE OF BIRTH: Sacramento, California
DATE OF BIRTH: February 29, 1920
DATE OF DEATH: January 22, 2010
Has taught movement for actors to theater arts students at Yale University
: Mitchell to return to AMC for anniversary. [Dec 7, 2009]
: James Mitchell, AMC's Palmer Cortlandt, dead at 89. [Jan 22, 2010]
: Co-stars recast to the death of James Mitchell. [Jan 25, 2010]
: Pine Valley mourns the loss of Palmer. [Apr 18, 2010]