Brian Stokes Mitchell

Actor, Singer, Musician
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 ... Read more »
Born: 10/31/1957 in Seattle, Washington, USA

Filmography

Actor (37)

Glee 2012, 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

In the House 1995 - 1996, 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Madam Secretary 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air 1992 - 1993, 1995 - 1996, 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Lottery 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Jumping the Broom 2011 (Movie)

Mr. Watson (Actor)

Ugly Betty 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

A Capitol Fourth 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

One Last Thing 2006 (Movie)

Dr. Emerson (Actor)

Great Performances: Walt Disney Concert Hall 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The 58th Annual Tony Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Crossing Jordan 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Frasier 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Great Streets 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The First Ten Awards: Tony 2001 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

America's Millennium 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Carnegie Hall Opening Night 1998 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Broadway 98: Launching the Tony Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Creating Ragtime 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The 52nd Annual Tony Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Kid 'N' Play 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Voice

Ghost Dad 1990 (Movie)

Teacher (Actor)

The Raisins Sold Out! 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Voice

Trapper John, M.D. 1979 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Circus of the Stars 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1st Annual CBS Easter Parade 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

CBS All-American Thanksgiving Day Parade 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Battle of the Network Stars XII 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

Call Me Claus (TV Show)

Actor

Double Platinum (TV Show)

Actor

Mr. Robot (Tv Show)

Actor

Roots: The Next Generations (TV Show)

Actor

Ruby's Bucket of Blood (TV Show)

Actor

The Ernest Green Story (TV Show)

Actor
Music (1)

The Prince of Egypt 1998 (Movie)

("Through Heaven's Eyes") (Song Performer)

Biography

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).

Relationships

George Mitchell

Father
of German and African-American descent was a Tuskegee airman and one of the first black pilots to fly combat missions for the US Air Force in WWII

Lilian Mitchell

Mother
was one of the first black female cops in Seattle died in 1985

George Mitchell

Brother
older

John Mitchell

Brother
older

Lorna Mitchell

Sister
older

Allyson Tucker

Wife
met when they appeared together in "Oh, Kay!" in 1990 married in 1994 was in the ensemble of the Broadway musical "Ragtime"

EDUCATION

attended high school in San Diego, California

Milestones

2006

Performed on stage in the "Encores!" concert staging of "Kismet," at the City Center in New York

2002

Played Paul Berthalet in the Encores! staging of "Carnival"

2002

Cast in title role of the Kennedy Center production of "Sweeney Todd"

2001

Returned to Broadway as the star of August Wilson's "King Hedley II"; garnered Tony nomination

1998

Opened on Broadway in "Ragtime"; received Tony nomination as Actor in a Musical

1998

Provided singing voice of Moses' father-in-law for the DreamWorks animated film "The Prince of Egypt"

1997

Moved with "Ragtime" to Los Angeles

1996

Played Coalhouse Walker Jr in the Toronto premiere of "Ragtime"

1995

Cast in the role of Coalhouse Walker Jr in the staged reading of "Ragtime"; also appeared in the workshop and on the concept album recording; changed billing to Brian Stokes Mitchell

1994

Co-starred opposite Melba Moore in a production of the Duke Ellington musical "Queenie Pie" at the Brooklyn Academy of Music

1994

Replaced Anthony Crivello as Valentin in the Broadway musical "Kiss of the Spider Woman"

1993

Succeeded Gregory Hines as Jelly Roll Morton in the Broadway musical "Jelly's Last Jam"

1992

Played recurring role on the NBC sitcom "Fresh Prince of Bel Air"

1990

Feature acting debut in "Ghost Dad"

1990

Starred in short-lived all-black revival of the Gershwin musical "Oh, Kay!"

1988

Broadway debut in "Mail"; had originated the role in Southern California

1979

TV acting debut, as John Dolan in the ABC miniseries "Roots: The Next Generation", credited as Brian Mitchell

1979

Had regular role of Dr Justin 'Jackpot' Jackson on the CBS medical series "Trapper John, M.D."

1977

Moved to Los Angeles (date approximate)

1974

First professional role as a disciple in an Old Globe Theatre production of "Godspell" (date approximate)

1965

Studied piano from age six (date approximate)

Played Fred Grahame to Marin Mazzie's Lili Vanessi in the revival of Cole Porter's "Kiss Me Kate"; garnered Tony Award as Actor in a Musical

Played recurring role of Cam Winston, a neighbor of the titular psychiatrist, in the NBC sitcom "Frasier"

Played regular role of Officer Nat Holliday on the CBS police drama "Houston Knights"

Began performing as a teenager in San Diego, California

Spent three seasons with the Twelfth Night Repertory Company in L.A.

Raised in Guam and The Philippines

Bonus Trivia

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He prefers to be called Stokes by his family and friends

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There is an official website at www.brianstokes.com

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Mitchell has his pilot's license.

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"He moves with an extraordinary grace. Yet he is very centered, able to be very focused and still. His voice is resonant and warm in color and very rich, and when it lifts up into the atmosphere it has a brilliance and a steady burning intensity." --"Ragtime" director Frank Galati to THE NEW YORK TIMES, January 28, 1998

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"There really hasn't been a big break. There's been a lot of little breaks. But I could trace this show ["Ragtime"] back to the very first thing I did at San Diego Junior Theater when I was 14 years old. I could trace the lineage of how one role leads to another and because somebody saw you doing this thing they hired you for this thing. It's been my path. This is another stopover on the path, and a wonderful one." --Mitchell on playing Coalhouse Walker Jr, quoted in LOS ANGELES TIMES, June 29, 1997

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"I love doing theater. It's what I grew up in and is my roots. I get a huge fulfillment from it. Bit if my path is to go someplace else, hey, I'm there. I don't know what's up ahead. If it stays on stage, great. If it goes to films, great. I've always felt my career was in wiser hands than mine. Whatever in its good time is supposed to happen will happen. . . ." --Mitchell to LOS ANGELES TIMES. June 29, 1997

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On advice to aspiring performers, Mitchell told DRAMA-LOGUE in 1997: "I think the first three rules are: know your craft, know your craft, know your craft. If you want any kind of longevity in the business, you have to know what you're doing. Closely following that is, know thyself. Who are you, what do you bring? Take an honest look at yourself--am I a character type, am I a leading man, am I a personality, am I an artist, am I a musical theatre performer? What category do you fit in, ethnical, size wise, vocally--on all the ways you can analyze it, figure out who you are. If you don't know who you are, you're going to have a really hard competing, because you don't know who you're going to compete with."

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"Another really important point is, be honest with yourself on how talented you are and when you're really ready to compete. And that goes back to the first thing--know your craft, because to know what you're doing, you really do have to study. The last piece of advice--live life! Acting is about life, it's about human nature, it's about the way you think, our strengths and our weaknesses. Don't forget to be a human being--that's what people respond to in the theatre."

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"I love theater; I get a huge fulfillment from it. But if my path is to go somewhere else, hey I'm there. I've always felt that my career was in wiser hands than mine."-- Brian Stokes Mitchell, Ebony Magazine 8/2002

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