James Mitchell joined “All My Children” in the role of grouchy millionaire Palmer Cortlandt
in 1979. The actor, who began his career in films and on the Broadway stage, has been honored with seven Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series.
Mitchell is an accomplished dancer and has appeared in such memorable films as “Oklahoma,” and “Deep in My Heart” with Cyd Charisse. He has also appeared in numerous Broadway musicals, including playing and dancing the role of Harry Beaton, the rejected suitor, in the original Broadway stage version of "Brigadoon" in 1947. When "Brigadoon" was filmed in 1954, and Hugh Laing played the role, the famous "Sword Dance" was not used in the film.
Mitchell’s talent for performing on the stage led him to the American Ballet Theater in New York, Europe and South America. He also toured with the Agnes DeMille Dance Theater and performed in "Funny Girl" with Carol Lawrence. He has also appeared in many television series, including the primetime series 'Charlie’s Angels."
Taking his talents to the audio realm, he played the role of the Soldier in Kapp Records' English-language complete recording of Stravinsky's "The Soldier's Tale" (L' Histoire du Soldat), issued on CD by MCA.
In addition to his performing, Mitchell enjoys teaching movement to actors, which he describes as “an exchange of the disciplines of dancing and acting.” He has taught at Yale University and at Drake University in Iowa. He is also a produced screenwriter, crafting both original screen or teleplays, and adaptations. His writing credits include Anzacs" (1985) (mini) TV Series, "Spyship" (1983) (mini) TV Series, "Wet Job" (1981) (TV) from the novel, "Callan (1974) from the novel, "A Red File for Callan," "Innocent Bystanders" (1972), "The Last Grenade" (1970), "A Magnum for Schneider, (1967) (TV), and "The Avengers" (1961) TV Series.
James currently resides in New York. He is 5’10.
DID YOU KNOW?
James Mitchell is a Leap Year Baby.