Grant Mitchell (actor)
in The Garden Murder Case (1936)
|Born||John Grant Mitchell, Jr.
June 17, 1874
Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
|Died||May 1, 1957
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Grant Mitchell (June 17, 1874 – May 1, 1957) was an American stage actor on Broadway and mainly a character actor on film. He appeared on Broadway from 1902 to 1939 and appeared in more than 125 films between 1930 and 1948.
Mitchell was born John Grant Mitchell, Jr. in Columbus, Ohio, the only son of American Civil War general John G. Mitchell. His paternal grandmother, Fanny Arabella Hayes, was the sister of President Rutherford B. Hayes. He attended Yale University, where he served as feature editor of campus humor magazine The Yale Record.
Like his father, he became an attorney, graduating from the Harvard Law School. However, by his mid-to-late 20s, he tired of his legal practice and turned a long term dream into a reality by becoming an actor on Broadway. He played lead roles in plays such as It Pays to Advertise, The Whole Town's Talking, The Champion, and The Baby Cyclone.
Mitchell was a brother of the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity (Phi chapter).
Mitchell's Broadway credits include Tide Rising (1936), All the King's Men (1928), One of the Family (1925), Spooks (1925), The Habitual Husband (1924), The Whole Town's Talking (1923), The School for Scandal (1923), Kempy (1921), The Hero (1920), The Champion (1920), and A Tailor-Made Man (1917).
In film, Mitchell initially made an appearance in 1916 and one or two other silents amidst his theater work, but Mitchell's screen career really took off with the advent of sound. Grant Michell often played the father of the heroine, businessmen, bank clerks or school principals. He usually played supporting characters, but also had a rare lead role in the B film comedy Father Is a Prince (1940).
He made many notable appearances in high-profile films such as A Midsummer Night's Dream (1935, as Egeus), Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939, as a Washington senator), The Man Who Came to Dinner (1942, as the Stanley family's father), and Arsenic and Old Lace (1944, as Cary Grant's father-in-law Reverend Harper). He was also notable as Georges Clemenceau in the Oscar-winning film biography The Life of Emile Zola (1937). In John Ford's film classic The Grapes of Wrath (1940), based on John Steinbeck's book, Mitchell played the friendly caretaker of a migrant campground.
Grant Mitchell retired from the film business in 1948 and died a bachelor on May 1, 1957.
- The Misleading Lady (1916) as Stephen Weatherbee
- Radio-Mania (1922) as Arthur Wyman
- Man to Man (1930) as John Martin Bolton - Barber
- The Star Witness (1931) as Pa Leeds
- Big City Blues (1932) as Station Agent
- A Successful Calamity (1932) as Conners, Wilton's Butler
- 20,000 Years in Sing Sing (1932) as Tester of Convicts' IQ (uncredited)
- Three on a Match (1932) as Mr. Gilmore
- Week-End Marriage (1932) as Doctor
- The Famous Ferguson Case (1932) as Martin Collins
- No Man of Her Own (1932) as Charlie Vane
- Convention City (1933) as J. B. Honeywell
- Central Airport (1933) as Mr. Blaine
- Lilly Turner (1933) as Dr. Hawley
- Dancing Lady (1933) as Jasper Bradley, Sr.
- Heroes for Sale (1933) as George Gibson
- Our Betters (1933) as Thorton Clay
- Dinner at Eight (1933) as Ed Loomis
- Wild Boys of the Road (1933) as Mr. James Smith
- King for a Night (1933) as Rev. John Williams
- Saturday's Millions (1933) as Ezra Fowler
- The Stranger's Return (1933) as Allen Redfield
- I Love That Man (1933) as Dr. Crittenden - Dentist
- Tomorrow at Seven (1933) as Austin Winters
- He Learned About Women (1933) as Appleby
- One Exciting Adventure (1934) as Fussli
- We're Rich Again (1934) as Wilbur Page
- Twenty Million Sweethearts (1934) as Chester A. Sharpe
- The Case of the Howling Dog (1934) as Claude Drumm
- 365 Nights in Hollywood (1934) as J. Walter Delmar
- The Secret Bride (1934) as Willis Martin
- The Cat's-Paw (1934) as Silk Hat McGee
- Gridiron Flash (1934) as Howard Smith
- The Show-Off (1934) as Mr. 'Pa'
- The Poor Rich (1934) as Tom Hopkins
- Seven Keys to Baldpate (1935) as Thomas Hayden
- In Person (1935) as Judge Thaddeus Parks
- It's in the Air (1935) as W. R. Gridley
- One More Spring (1935) as Mr. Sheridan
- Redheads on Parade (1935) as Minor Role
- Men Without Names (1935) as Andrew Webster
- Traveling Saleslady (1935) as Rufus Twitchell
- Straight from the Heart (1935) as Austin
- Gold Diggers of 1935 (1935) as Louis Lamson
- Broadway Gondolier (1935) as E. V. Richards, Radio Producer
- A Midsummer Night's Dream (1935) as Egeus
- Piccadilly Jim (1936) as Herbert Pitt
- My American Wife (1936) as Robert Cantillon
- Parole! (1936 film) (1936) as Marty Crawford
- Moonlight Murder (1936) as Dr. Adams
- Next Time We Love (1936) as Michael Jennings
- The Garden Murder Case (1936) as Inspector Markham
- The Ex-Mrs. Bradford (1936) as John Sumers, Luxury's Owner
- The Devil Is a Sissy (1936) as Paul Krumpp
- Lady Behave! (1937) as Burton Williams
- Hollywood Hotel (1937) as B. L. Baulkin
- The Last Gangster (1937) as Warden
- Music for Madame (1937) as District Attorney Ernest Robinson
- The Life of Emile Zola (1937) as Georges Clemenceau
- First Lady (1937) as Ellsworth T. Banning
- Peck's Bad Boy with the Circus (1938) as Henry Peck
- The Headleys at Home (1938) as Ernest Headley
- That Certain Age (1938) as Jeweler
- Reformatory (1938 film) (1938) as Arnold Frayne
- Women Are Like That (1938) as Mr. Snell
- Youth Takes a Fling (1938) as Duke
- 6,000 Enemies (1939) as Warden Parkhurst
- Hell's Kitchen (1939) as Krispin
- Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) as Senator MacPherson
- My Love Came Back (1940) as Dr. Knobbe
- We Who Are Young (1940) as Jones
- New Moon (1940) as Governer of New Orleans
- Castle on the Hudson (1940) as Psychologist Dr. Ames (uncredited)
- The Grapes of Wrath (1940) as Caretaker
- It All Came True (1940) as Mr. Rene Salmon
- Edison, the Man (1940) as Snade
- Father Is a Prince (1940) as John Bower
- The Bride Wore Crutches (1941) as E.J. Randall
- Tobacco Road (1941) as George Payne
- Footsteps in the Dark (1941) as Wellington Carruthers
- The Great Lie (1941) as Joshua Mason
- Nothing But the Truth (1941) as Mr. Bishop
- Skylark (1941) as Frederick Vantine
- One Foot in Heaven (1941) as Clayton Potter
- The Feminine Touch (1941) as Dean Hutchinson
- The Penalty (1941) as Judge
- Meet the Stewarts (1942) as Mr. Pierce Goodwin
- Cairo (1942) as O.H.P. Boggs
- The Man Who Came to Dinner (1942) as Ernest W. Stanley
- Larceny, Inc. (1942) as Mr. Aspinwall
- The Gay Sisters (1942) as Gilbert Wheeler
- Orchestra Wives (1942) as Dr. Ward
- My Sister Eileen (1942) as Walter Sherwood
- The Amazing Mrs. Holliday (1943) as Edgar Holiday
- All by Myself (1943)
- Dixie (1943) as Mr. Mason
- Arsenic and Old Lace (1944) as Reverend Harper
- Step Lively (1944) as Dr. Gibbs
- And Now Tomorrow (1944) as Uncle Wallace
- The Impatient Years (1944) as Hotel Clerk
- When the Lights Go on Again (1944) as Mr. Arnold Benson
- See Here, Private Hargrove (1944) as Uncle George
- Leave Her to Heaven (1945) as Carlson (uncredited)
- Crime, Inc. (1945) as Wayne Clark
- Wonder Man (1945) as Mr. Wagonseller (uncredited)
- A Medal for Benny (1945) as Mayor of Pantera
- Conflict (1945) as Dr. Grant
- Guest Wife (1945) as House Detective
- Conflict (1945) as Dr. Grant
- Bedside Manner (1945) as Mr. Pope
- Bring on the Girls (1945) as Uncle Ralph
- Easy to Wed (1946) as Homer Henshaw
- Colonel Effingham's Raid (1946) as Maj. Anthony T. Hickock (uncredited)
- Blondie's Anniversary (1947) as Samuel Breckenridge
- The Corpse Came C.O.D. (1947) as Mitchell Edwards
- Honeymoon (1947) as Congressman Crenshaw
- Blondie's Holiday (1947) as Samuel Breckenridge
- It Happened on 5th Avenue (1947) as Farrow
- Who Killed Doc Robbin (1948) as Judge
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