Mixed-Race Celebrity: 'Brian Stokes-Mitchell'
Brian Stokes Mitchell says [that] his
[African-American] 'Ethnicity' has been
a "Mixed -Blessing" for him as an actor.
He has won a variety of roles in part due
to his looks, but sometimes because of
those looks, directors and producers
"don't know what to do with me."
Since his father was a civilian electronics
engineer working for the Navy, his family
traveled throughout the Far East, living for
several years in the Philippines and Guam .
At age 14, Mitchell's family moved to San Diego
where he began appearing in plays in high school.
He began his studies at the San Diego Junior
Theatre and performed at the San Diego Civic
Light Opera and the Old Globe Theatre.
It was the Twelfth Night Repertory Company,
an Emmy-Award winning, Multicultural
improvisational group, which brought
Stokes to Los Angeles in 1977.
Stokes' television career took off with a
memorable role on the critically acclaimed series,
"Roots: The Next Generations" -- as well as
his seven year stint on "Trapper John , MD."
Additional television credits include recurring
roles on "Crossing Jordan" and "Frasier," PBS'
"Great Performances," DreamWorks' "The Prince
of Egypt," and his "Presidential Debut" in "The
Singer and the Song" from the White House.
Numerous film and TV appearances more recently
include "One Last Thing" which debuted at this
year's Toronto Film Festival, Dubbed "The Last
Leading Man" by the New York Times, Brian
Stokes Mitchell has enjoyed a rich and varied
career on Broadway, television and film, along with
appearances in the great American concert halls.
His musical versatility has kept him in
demand by some of the country's
finest conductors and orchestras.
He has performed selections with the
San Francisco Symphony at Carnegie Hall;
Performed works by Aaron Copland and various
contemporary composers with the L.A.
Philharmonic under the batons of Leonard
Slatkin and John Mauceri; Broadway tunes
at Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center in
Washington DC under the baton of Marvin
Hamlisch (most recently at the National
Symphony Orchestra's 75th season Pops
concert debut), and Jazz and standards
with Maestro John Williams at Disney
Hall and with the Boston Pops.
He reprised his Tanglewood performance in
John Williams' Jazz version of "My Fair Lady"
at Disney Hall singing with Dianne Reeves.
His Broadway career include performances
in "Man of La Mancha" (Tony nomination and
Helen Hayes Award); "Kiss Me Kate" (Tony,
Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards);
"Ragtime" (Tony nomination); August Wilson's
"King Hedley II" (Tony nomination); "Jelly's
Last Jam;" David Merrick's "Oh, Kay!" and
"Mail," which earned him a Theatre World
award for outstanding Broadway Debut.
At Encores he has starred in "Do, Re,
Mi" and "Carnival" and this upcoming
season will star in "Kismet."
In 2005 he made his cabaret debut as both singer
and musical arranger in New York at Feinstein's
at the Regency in his critically acclaimed one-man
show "Love/Life" which then moved to the
Vivian Beaumont Theater at Lincoln Center.
Since then he has headlined the Carnegie
Hall concert presentation of Rodgers and
Hammerstein's "South Pacific" with Reba
McEntire (scheduled to air on PBS in 2006).
In 1998 he joined the likes of Helen Hayes,
Sir John Gielgud, Alec Guinness and James
Earl Jones when he became the sole recipient
of that year's Distinguished Performance Award
from the Drama League, the nation's oldest
theatrical honor, for his performance in "Ragtime."
He also won a Tony award for his starring
performance in a revival of Cole Porter's musical
Kiss Me Kate! in it's first Broadway revival.
Stokes is married to actress Allyson
Tucker-Mitchell (they have a son);
has enjoyed working with numerous
charitable organizations from the
March of Dimes to the USO; is President
of the Actors' Fund and currently divides
his time between New York and Los Angeles .
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