John Cameron Mitchell

Actor, Director, Screenwriter
John Cameron Mitchell was not afraid to knock down walls and break taboos in the name of filmmaking. He began his career as a theater-trained actor before going behind the camera and helming some of the most talked ... Read more »
Born: 04/20/1963 in El Paso, Texas, USA

Filmography

Actor (26)

SqueezeBox! 2007 (Movie)

(Actor)

Follow My Voice: With the Music of Hedwig 2005 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Hedwig and the Angry Inch 2001 (Movie)

Hedwig/ Hansel Schmidt (Actor)

Sundance20 2000 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Curtain Call 1998 (Movie)

(Actor)

David Searching 1998 (Movie)

Man With Fruit (Actor)

Party Girl 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Girl 6 1996 (Movie)

Rob (Actor)

Law & Order 1995 (Tv Show)

Actor

Larry Kramer 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Book of Love 1991 (Movie)

Floyd (Actor)

Misplaced 1990 (Movie)

Jacek Nowak (Actor)

Teach 109 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Band of the Hand 1986 (Movie)

J L (Actor)

One More Saturday Night 1986 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Roommate 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

A Friendship in Vienna (TV Show)

Actor

Daybreak (TV Show)

Actor

Indie Sex: Censored (TV Show)

Actor

Indie Sex: Extremes (TV Show)

Actor

Nothing Sacred (TV Show)

Actor

The Stepford Children (TV Show)

Actor
Director (5)

Food Factory 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Director

Nurse Jackie 2013 (Tv Show)

Director

Rabbit Hole 2010 (Movie)

(Director)

Shortbus 2006 (Movie)

(Director)

Hedwig and the Angry Inch 2001 (Movie)

(Director)
Writer (4)

Seraph 2012 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Shortbus 2006 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Hedwig and the Angry Inch 2001 (Movie)

(Play) (Source Material)

Hedwig and the Angry Inch 2001 (Movie)

(Adaptation) (Screenplay)
Producer (3)

Seraph 2012 (Movie)

(Producer)

Shortbus 2006 (Movie)

(Producer)

Tarnation 2004 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)
Music (1)

Hedwig and the Angry Inch 2001 (Movie)

from musical play("Hedwig and the Angry Inch") (Music)

Biography

John Cameron Mitchell was not afraid to knock down walls and break taboos in the name of filmmaking. He began his career as a theater-trained actor before going behind the camera and helming some of the most talked about films in cinematic history. Mitchell wrote, directed and starred in "Hedwig and the Angry Inch" (2001), a love letter to the drag-punk club scene. The film's central character, an Eastern European transsexual rocker pining for a young man who broke her heart, gained a cult following for its larger-than-life characters, stunning imagery, and remarkable soundtrack. His follow-up feature, "Shortbus" (2006), blurred the line between art-house film and pornography with scenes of un-simulated sex and intimate plotlines set in a bohemian New York club. Mitchell eschewed his theatrical, glam-punk roots with 2010's "Rabbit Hole," a gripping look at a suburban family torn to emotional shreds after a tragic car accident. No matter what his subject matter was, Mitchell approached his work with a keen eye for authenticity and no inhibitions, both of which served the filmmaker well throughout his illustrious career.

Relationships

John Mitchell

Father

Joan Mitchell

Mother
Scottish

Colin Mitchell

Brother
Mitchell based the character of Hedwig on a woman who used to babysit his younger brother

Jack Steeb

Companion
Mitchell referred to his companion in his acceptance speech at Sundance

EDUCATION

Northwestern University

Evanston , Illinois 1981 - 1985

Attended a Scottish Benedictine boys boarding school; portrayed the Virgin Mary in a school play

Milestones

2011

Nominated for the 2011 Independent Spirit Award for Best Director ("Rabbit Hole")

2011

Nominated for the 2011 Independent Spirit Award for Best Director

2010

Directed the indie drama, "Rabbit Hole," starring Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart as parents grieving the death of their young son

2006

Directed the feature "Shortbus," which incorporates explicit sex in a naturalistic way; presented out of competition at the Cannes Film Festival

2005

Directed the Scissor Sisters video of "Filthy/Gorgeous," which was banned from American MTV for its explicitly sexual content

2003

Executive produced the documentary film, "Tarnation"

2001

Made his directorial debut with the feature adaptation of "Hedwig and the Angry Inch"; also scripted and reprised role as an East German transgender rock musician

1997

Co-wrote (along with composer Stephen Trask) and starred in the off Broadway musical, "Hedwig and Angry Inch"

1996

Cast as the title character's gay best friend in the short-lived FOX sitcom, "Party Girl"

1996

Played a small role as an aspiring actor in Spike Lee's "Girl 6"

1994

Had featured role in "Hello Again," Michael John LaChiusa's off-Broadway musical adaptation of "La Ronde"

1994

Met musician Stephen Trask on an airplane flight; later collaborated on idea that developed into "Hedwig and the Angry Inch"

1992

Portrayed Ned Weeks in Larry Kramer's autobiographical stage drama, "The Destiny of Me"

1991

Cast as Dickon in the Broadway musical adaptation of "The Secret Garden"

1990

Appeared in the off-Broadway and Broadway productions of John Guare's "Six Degrees of Separation"

1990

Had leading role in "Teach 109," a presentation of PBS' "American Playhouse"

1989

Starred as a Polish violinist in "Misplaced"

1988

Co-starred in the Disney Channel movie, "A Friendship in Vienna"

1986

Made TV acting debut in "The Roommate," a PBS' "American Playhouse" presentation

1986

First film role, "One More Saturday Night"; filmed first but released after "Band of the Hand"

1985

Made Broadway debut as an understudy to the lead role in the musical, "Big River"

Portrayed Huck Finn in a Chicago production at the Goodman Theater

Acted in industrial films, "Just Along for the Ride" and "My Father's Son"

Appeared in the L.A. production of "Our Country's Good"

Bonus Trivia

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In 1985, Mitchell came out as gay to his family and friends. He came out publicly in a New York Times profile in 1992.

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Mitchell is a founding member of the Drama Department Theater Company.

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