Mitch Leery

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Mitch Leery
First appearance "Pilot"
(episode 1.01)
Last appearance "The Long Goodbye"
(episode 5.04)
Created by Kevin Williamson
Portrayed by John Wesley Shipp
Nickname(s) Mitch (by everyone)
Occupation English teacher
Football coach
Spouse(s) Gail Leery (widow)
Children Dawson Leery (son)
Lily Leery (daughter)

Mitchell "Mitch" Leery is a fictional character from the American television series, Dawson's Creek, portrayed by John Wesley Shipp.

Fictional biography[edit]


Mitch Leery is the husband of Gail Leery. The couple have two children - Dawson Leery and Lily Leery.

Season one[edit]

Unemployed Mitch spends his days adding the finishing touches to his restaurant plans which include scuba-suited waitresses.

Season two[edit]

Mitch and Gail begin counseling to try to save their marriage. The open marriage fails to revive their marriage and Mitch and Gail decide to divorce, with Gail leaving Capeside to work in Philadelphia.

Season 3[edit]

Mitch has started a new job as a substitute English teacher at Capeside High School, and goes on to become the school's football coach. As Gail and his friendship and professional relationship continues, they realize they still have feelings for one another and start seeing each other again before eventually remarrying in the final episode of the season.

Season 4[edit]

Mitch and Gail welcome their second child, Lily. They continue to run their restaurant - Leery's Fresh Fish. Mitch continues to coach the Capeside High School football team and takes over as the school guidance counselor.

Season 5[edit]

After a large disagreement with Dawson over Dawson's decision to drop out of film school, Mitch tells Dawson that he is very disappointed in him. Dawson leaves an angry Mitch to move to Boston. That night, on his way home from buying an ice cream cone, Mitch is killed in a car accident on October 24, 2001, at the age of 46.