Thomas Mitchell

thomas_mitchellBorn: 11 July 1892
Died: 17 December 1962











Academy Award winning actor Thomas Mitchell was born on this day in 1892.

He began his career on the stage but his breakthrough into film was in Frank Capra‘s Lost Horizon (1937), a role that catapulted him to stardom. In the same year he starred in John Ford‘s The Hurricane and received a Best Supporting Actor Academy Award nomination.

During 1939 he starred in a host of films including Only Angels Have Wings, The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. Also in this year he starred in one of his most memorable roles as Scarlett O’Hara’s father in Gone with the Wind, yet it was the role of drunken Doc Boone in Stagecoach that earned him the Best Supporting Actor Academy Award.

Mitchell’s most memorable role is possibly that of Uncle Billy in Frank Capra’s It’s a Wonderful Life (1946).

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