Brian Stokes Mitchell
From Dust to Dreams: Opening Night at The Smith Center For The Performing Arts 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)
A commanding stage presence with a rich baritone voice, Brian Stokes Mitchell was touted as an overnight success when he starred in the stage musical "Ragtime" in Toronto in 1996 and on Broadway in 1998. In reality, the handsome, trim actor had been working toward that goal since he was a teenager in San Diego. The youngest son of a former Tuskegee airman and a policewoman, Mitchell began his career with the San Diego Junior Youth Theatre. By the time he was 14, he made his professional debut in the chorus of "Godspell" at the Old Globe Theatre. After high school, Mitchell moved to L.A., spending three seasons with the Twelfth Night Repertory Company. In 1979, he answered a casting advertisement in DRAMA-LOGUE and landed his first TV role as John Dolan in the ABC miniseries "Roots: The Next Generation." Shortly thereafter, Mitchell landed the regular role of Dr. Justin 'Jackpot' Jackson on the CBS medical series "Trapper John, M.D." (1979-86) followed by a stint as a cop in "Houston Knights" (CBS, 1987-88).