Brian Stokes Mitchell
Mitchell in 2018
Born (1957-10-31) October 31, 1957 (age 65)
Occupation(s)Actor, composer, vocalist
Years active1979–present
Allyson Tucker
(m. 1994)

Brian Stokes Mitchell (born October 31, 1957) is an American actor and singer. A powerful baritone, he has been one of the central leading men of the Broadway theater since the 1990s.[1] He won the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical in 2000 for his performance in Kiss Me, Kate.

Early life

Mitchell was born in Seattle, Washington, the youngest of four children of George Mitchell, an electronics engineer, and his wife Lillian (née Stokes), a school administrator. Mitchell grew up at various U.S. military bases overseas, where his father was a civilian engineer for the U.S. Navy. As a young boy, he lived in San Diego, California, where he began acting in school musicals.[2] He did not attend college, having begun performing professionally while a student at Patrick Henry High School, although he did have private teachers in both acting and voice in his teen years.[3] He has said that he studied film scoring, orchestration, and conducting through UCLA.[4] Prior to Ragtime, he was known professionally as Brian Mitchell.



Mitchell first performed on Broadway in the musical Mail in 1988, with music by Michael Rupert and lyrics by Jerry Cocker, winning the Theatre World award.[5] His Broadway credits include an all-black revival of George and Ira Gershwin's Oh, Kay! (1990),[6] Jelly's Last Jam (1992) based on the works of jazz artist Jelly Roll Morton, and Kander and Ebb's Kiss of the Spider Woman (1993).[7]

He originated the role of Coalhouse Walker Jr, in the musical Ragtime, which opened on Broadway in January 1998. He received a 1998 Tony Award nomination for Best Actor in a Musical.[8] He appeared in the 1999 revival of Cole Porter's Kiss Me, Kate as Fred Graham / Petruchio, winning the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical.[7][9] He appeared on Broadway in King Hedley II in 2001 (Tony Award nomination) and Man of La Mancha in 2002 (Tony Award nomination).[7]

He appeared in the New York City Center Encores! staged concert productions of Jule Styne's Do Re Mi (1999), Bob Merrill's Carnival! (2002), Kismet (2006), and The Band Wagon in 2014.[10]

He played the title role in the 2002 Kennedy Center production of Sweeney Todd, part of the Stephen Sondheim celebration.[11][12]

On June 9, 2005, Mitchell appeared in a concert version of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical South Pacific at Carnegie Hall. He starred as Emile, alongside Reba McEntire as Nellie Forbush and Alec Baldwin as Luther Billis. The production was taped and telecast by PBS in 2006.[13] Of his performance, Ben Brantley wrote in The New York Times, "As for Mr. Mitchell, his place in the pantheon of romantic musical leads is now guaranteed."[14]

Brian Stokes Mitchell Concert Marquee outside the Winspear Opera House in Dallas, Texas, September 1, 2011
Brian Stokes Mitchell Concert Marquee outside the Winspear Opera House in Dallas, Texas, September 1, 2011

Playbill Records released his debut solo CD, Brian Stokes Mitchell on June 6, 2006.[15][16] Mitchell has also performed in a Christmas concert with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir later released as a CD and DVD entitled Ring Christmas Bells. His second solo CD, Simply Broadway, was released October 30, 2012, by CD Baby.[17]

Mitchell returned to Broadway to star with Patti LuPone in the musical version of the Pedro Almodóvar film Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, which opened at the Belasco Theatre in November 2010.[18]

A new musical titled Shuffle Along, or, the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed, based on the making of Shuffle Along opened on Broadway on March 14, 2016 in previews, officially on April 21 at the Music Box Theatre. Mitchell played "F.E. Miller", with Audra McDonald as "Lottie Gee", Billy Porter, Joshua Henry and Brandon Victor Dixon.[19]

Television and film

Mitchell has a number of television and film credits, including the role of John Dolan in Roots: The Next Generations (1979), and a seven-year stint as Dr. Justin 'Jackpot' Jackson on Trapper John, M.D. from 1979 to 1986. Mitchell made several appearances as a celebrity panelist on episodes of $25,000 Pyramid and $100,000 Pyramid in the 1980s, and was considered one of the game's better celebrity players, helping a contestant win the $100,000 grand prize on the latter show in February 1986.[20][21][22] Mitchell also participated as a celebrity panelist in four weeks' worth of episodes of The Match Game-Hollywood Squares Hour, a short-lived NBC game show that ran from 1983-1984. He played recurring roles as Hilary Banks' news anchor fiancé Trevor Newsworthy/Collins on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and on Frasier as Dr. Frasier Crane's upstairs neighbor and nemesis Cam Winston. He supplied the singing voice of Jethro in the animated feature The Prince of Egypt (1998). He guest starred in March 2010 in Ugly Betty as Wilhelmina Slater's ex-boyfriend, Don.[23]

He appeared on the 57th episode of Glee, titled "Heart" in 2012,[24] and the 58th, titled "On My Way," as one of Rachel's dads (LeRoy) along with Jeff Goldblum.

He also played a recurring role on the USA Network series Mr. Robot as Scott Knowles, CTO of E Corp. The series began in June 2015 and ended in December 2019.[25]

He has also done voice-overs for animation including Animaniacs, Capitol Critters, Tiny Toon Adventures, A Pup Named Scooby-Doo, The Further Adventures of SuperTed, Kid 'n Play, New Kids on the Block, Scooby-Doo! and the Reluctant Werewolf, Gravedale High, Potsworth & Co., Captain Planet and the Planeteers, The Tom and Jerry Kids Show, Yo Yogi!, Fantastic Max, Pound Puppies, The Addams Family, California Raisins, The Angry Beavers, James Bond Jr., Batman: The Animated Series, Paddington Bear, Pinky and the Brain, Defenders of Dynatron City, The Hot Rod Dogs and Cool Car Cats, Droopy, Master Detective, Denver, the Last Dinosaur, Mighty Max, Don Coyote & Sancho Panda, Vampirina, and the two Flintstones animated movies Hollyrock-a-Bye Baby and I Yabba-Dabba Do!.

Mitchell plays Nicholas Prophet in Wolverine: The Long Night, a scripted podcast serial.

Personal life

He has been married to actress Allyson Tucker since 1994[26] and has a son, Ellington.



Year Title Role(s) Notes
1990 Ghost Dad Teacher
1998 The Prince of Egypt Jethro Singing voice
2001 Call Me Claus Cameron
2001 Ruby’s Bucket of Blood Earl Delacroix
2005 One Last Thing... Dr. Emerson
2011 Jumping the Broom Mr. Watson
2018 Mapplethorpe Father Stack
2021 Tick, Tick... Boom! "Sunday" Legend


Year Title Role(s) Notes
1979 The White Shadow Lucius Robinson Episode: "Spare the Rod"
1979 Roots: The Next Generations John Dolan Episode: "Part 1 (1882-1883)"
1979−86 Trapper John, M.D. Dr. Justin "Jackpot" Jackson 151 episodes
1985 Hotel Lucas Todd Episode: "Resolutions"
1985 The Love Boat Jeffrey Niver Season 6 - Episode: 16
1987 227 Ed Episode: "The Honeymoon's Over"
1987 Pound Puppies Nahook Episode: "Snow Puppies"
1987 Houston Knights Nat Holliday Episode: "Moving Violation"
1987 Foofur Various roles Voice; 13 episodes
1987 ALF Nathan Pearl Episode: "Hail to the Chief"
1988 Night Court Mr. Morley Episode: "Another Day in the Life"
1988 Scooby-Doo! and the Reluctant Werewolf Bonejangles Voice; Television movie
1989 The Further Adventures of SuperTed Narrator Voice; 13 episodes
1989 Generations David Jeffries 2 episodes
1989 A Pup Named Scooby-Doo Buddy Chillner Voice; Episode: "The Spirit of Rock'n Roll"
1989 The California Raisin Show Red Voice; Episode: "The Apple, Raisin Style"
1988–89 Fantastic Max Additional voices Voice; 3 episodes
1989–90 Paddington Bear Additional voices Voice; 2 episodes
1990 Mancuso, F.B.I. Performer 2 episodes
1990 Midnight Patrol: Adventures in the Dream Zone Various roles Voice; 13 episodes
1990 Tiny Toon Adventures Vinnie Voice; Episode: "Mr. Popular's Rules of Cool"!
1990 New Kids on the Block Danny Wood Voice; 16 episodes
1991 James Bond Jr. Coach Mitchell Voice; 14 episodes
1992 Batman: The Animated Series Brian Rogers Voice; Episode: "Fear of Victory"
1992 Animaniacs Noodles 2 episodes
1992–93 The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Trevor 6 episodes
1992–93 The Addams Family Additional roles Voices; 21 episodes
1992–95 Capitol Critters Various roles Voice; 6 episodes
1996 In the House Dr. Stone Clarke Episode: "Three the Hard Way"
1999 Double Platinum Adam Harris Television movie
2001 Call Me Claus Cameron Television movie
2002 Frasier Cam Winston 3 episodes
2002 Crossing Jordan D.A. Jay Myers 2 episodes
2010 Ugly Betty Don Jones Episode: "Fire and Nice"
2014 Madam Secretary Vincent Marsh Episode: "So it Goes"
2012−15 Glee LeRoy Berry 3 episodes[27]
2015–16 Mr. Robot Scott Knowles 8 episodes
2016–18 The Path Bill 7 episodes
2017 The Blacklist David Levine 2 episodes
2017 Bull Perry Sinclair Episode: "School for Scandal"
2017–21 Vampirina Grandpop Voice; 13 episodes
2018 Billions Alvin Epstein 2 episodes
2018 The Good Fight Rod Habercore 2 episodes
2018 Elementary Dominic Voth Episode: "Bits and Pieces"
2019 Fam Walt 13 episodes[28]
2020 Prodigal Son Everett Sterling 2 episodes
2021 Evil Father Mulvehill 4 episodes
2021 Centaurworld The Nowhere King/Elktaur Voice; 4 episodes

Video games

Year Title Role(s) Notes
2014 Watch Dogs Additional voices Voice


Year Title Role(s) Venue
1988 Mail Franklin Music Box Theatre, Broadway
1991 Oh, Kay! Jimmy Winter Richard Rogers Theatre, Broadway
1992−93 Jelly's Last Jam Jelly Roll Morton Virginia Theatre, Broadway
1993−95 Kiss of the Spider Woman Valentin Broadhurst Theatre, Broadway
1997 Ragtime Coalhouse Walker, Jr. Shubert Theatre
1998−99 Ford Center for the Performing Arts, Broadway
1999−2001 Kiss Me, Kate Fred Graham/Petruchio Martin Beck Theatre, Broadway
2001 King Hedley II King Virginia Theatre, Broadway
2002 Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street Sweeney Todd Kennedy Center
2002−03 Man of La Mancha Don Quixote Martin Beck Theatre, Broadway
2003 The Exonerated Performer Bleecker Street Theater, Off-Broadway
2005 South Pacific Emile de Becque Carnegie Hall
2008 Les Miserables Javert Hollywood Bowl
2010−11 Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown Ivan Belasco Theatre, Broadway
2014 Much Ado About Nothing Don Pedro Delacorte Theater, Off-Broadway
2016 Shuffle Along F.E. Miller Music Box Theatre, Broadway
2016 White Rabbit Red Rabbit Performer Westside Theatre, Off-Broadway
2019 The Light in the Piazza Signor Naccarelli Los Angeles Opera


  1. "Something's Coming" (West Side Story)
  2. "The Best Is Yet to Come" (Cy Coleman)
  3. "Pretty Women" (Sweeney Todd)
  4. "Just In Time" (Bells are Ringing)
  5. "Lazy Afternoon" (The Golden Apple)
  6. "Another Hundred People" (Company)/"Take the 'A' Train"
  7. "How Long Has This Been Going On?" (Funny Face)
  8. "Life is Sweet" (Wonderful Town)
  9. "Losing My Mind" (Follies)
  10. "Being Alive" (Company)
  11. "How Glory Goes" (Floyd Collins)
  12. "Grateful"

Awards and nominations

Sources: Playbill[29] BroadwayWorld[30]

Year Award Category Title Result Ref.
2001 Grammy Award Best Spoken Word Album The Complete Shakespeare Sonnets Nominated [31]
1998 Tony Award Best Actor in a Musical Ragtime Nominated [32]
2000 Kiss Me, Kate Won
2001 Best Actor in a Play King Hedley II Nominated
2003 Best Actor in a Musical Man of La Mancha Nominated
2016 Isabelle Stevenson Award Won [33]
1998 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Actor in a Musical Ragtime Nominated [32]
2000 Outstanding Actor in a Musical Kiss Me, Kate Won
2001 Outstanding Actor in a Play King Hedley II Nominated
2003 Outstanding Actor in a Musical Man of La Mancha Nominated
2011 Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown Nominated
1998 Outer Critics Circle Awards Outstanding Actor in a Musical Ragtime Nominated
2000 Kiss Me, Kate Won
2001 Outstanding Actor in a Play King Hedley II Nominated
2003 Outstanding Actor in a Musical Man of La Mancha Nominated
1988 Theatre World Award Mail Won



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