MGM-Mixed Celebrity: Brian Stokes-Mitchell
Actor Brian Stokes Mitchel and his wife Allyson.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 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; 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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