Millard Mitchell Overview:

Character actor, Millard Mitchell, was born on Aug 14, 1903 in Havana, Cuba. Mitchell died at the age of 50 on Oct 13, 1953 in Santa Monica, CA and was laid to rest in Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City, CA.


Rasp-voiced, short-haired, Cuban-born American actor with sharp, rat-trap, cynical-looking facial features. His image as an acid, but likeable world-weary type had taken him into top featured film roles (such as the producer in Singin' in the Rain) at the time of his death from lung cancer.

(Source: available at Amazon Quinlan's Film Character Actors: an Illustrated Directory).



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Millard Mitchell Quotes:

Phoebe Frost: Really, Colonel Plummer... you should have your brakes relined!
Col. Rufus J. Plummer: [as she leaves, he scratches his nose with the middle finger, apparently flipping her off. it WAS Billy Wilder, after all]

Col. Rufus J. Plummer: Morale! Maybe someday we can send a little committee of our own investigating morale in Washington D.C.

Don Lockwood: Now listen, R.F., the owner of the Coconut Grove may do what Lina tells him to, but you're the head of this studio.
R.F. Simpson: That's right, I'm the head of this studio. She's hired! But don't let Lina know she's on the lot.

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Millard Mitchell Facts
An extremely prolific theatrical actor, he appeared on Broadway from 1925-48, notably in one of its most important flops, Penny Arcade, which led to its stars James Cagney and Joan Blondell being signed by Warner Brothers.

Was in no way trained as a singer, but was made to sing briefly in 'Singin' in the Rain' (1952).

Daughters Mary Ellis and Margaret.

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