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Daryl Mitchell
Mitchell in September 2009
Born (1965-07-16) July 16, 1965 (age 56)
OccupationActor, rapper
Years active1985–present
(m. 1998)

Daryl "Chill" Mitchell (born July 16, 1965)[1] is an American actor and rapper. He is known for such roles as Dexter Walker on The John Larroquette Show, Tommy Webber in Galaxy Quest, Leo Michaels on Veronica's Closet, Eli Goggins III on Ed, and Patton Plame on NCIS: New Orleans.

Early life

Mitchell was born in The Bronx, New York to a secretary mother and a bus driver father.[1] He grew up in Wyandanch.[2]


After a career in hip hop in the 1980s with Groove B. Chill, Mitchell had considerable success as an actor, appearing in House Party and its sequel, Sgt. Bilko, Galaxy Quest, 10 Things I Hate About You, and the TV sitcoms The John Larroquette Show and Veronica's Closet. He has also made appearances in the sitcom Becker, and in The Game and Desperate Housewives. In 2009, he co-starred in the short-lived sitcom Brothers. From 2014 to 2021 he starred in NCIS: New Orleans as recurring-turned-main character Patton Plame, a computer specialist for NCIS. In 2018, he joined the cast of Fear the Walking Dead portraying Wendell.

In September 2009, Mitchell was profiled on TV One's biographical documentary program Life After, a series that examines the lives of celebrities following a career turning point.


On November 10, 2001, Mitchell was paralyzed from the waist down after a motorcycle crash in South Carolina, in which he lost control of his bike after turning a corner and encountering gravel and loose pavement. He woke up five days later in the hospital.[3] Mitchell got full support from his family and friends, including Denzel Washington and Chris Tucker, to continue his career.[2] He had a recurring role thereafter on the TV program Ed between 2002 and 2004 as a bowling alley manager who was paralyzed after an accident.[4]

Mitchell later started the Daryl Mitchell Foundation to raise awareness of spinal cord injury, and serves as the Minority Outreach spokesman for the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation.[5] He has also become a strong advocate for employing actors with disabilities.[3]

He currently resides in Sugar Hill, Georgia, with his wife and three children.[3] His two sons play football for North Gwinnett High School, while his daughter cheers for North Gwinnett High.[1] Mitchell won an NAACP Image Award on February 26, 2010.[6]


Year Film Role Notes
1990 House Party Chill
1991 House Party 2
1992 Boomerang Street Photographer Credited as Daryl "Chill" Mitchell
1993 Fly by Night [fr] Kayam
1996 White Lies Mark Credited as Daryl "Chill" Mitchell
Sgt. Bilko Pfc. Walter T. Holbrook
A Thin Line Between Love and Hate Earl Credited as Daryl M. Mitchell
1997 Quiet Days in Hollywood Angel Alternative title: The Way We Are
1998 Home Fries Roy
1999 10 Things I Hate About You Mr. Morgan Credited as Daryl "Chill" Mitchell
Galaxy Quest Tommy Webber
2000 Lucky Numbers Det. Chambers
2001 Black Knight Steve
2002 13 Moons Lenny
The Country Bears Officer Hamm Credited as Daryl "Chill" Mitchell
2006 Inside Man Mobile Command Officer Rourke
2012 Playback Wylie
Year Title Role Notes
1985–91 The Cosby Show Old Head
Guy in Club
Episodes: "Clair's Case"
"Warning: A Double-Lit Candle Can Cause a Meltdown"
1992 Law & Order Reginald Beggs Episode: "The Fertile Fields"
Here and Now T 15 episodes
1993 Alex Haley's Queen Abner Miniseries
Credited as Daryl "Chill" Mitchell
1993–96 The John Larroquette Show Dexter Walker 84 episodes
Credited as Daryl "Chill" Mitchell
1994 Cosmic Slop Television movie
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Chill Episode: "The Philadelphia Story"
Credited as Daryl "Chill" Mitchell
1996 Rebound: The Legend of Earl "The Goat" Manigault Dean Memminger Television movie
In the House Militant Guy 1 episode
1997 Cosby Mike
Toothless Raul Television movie
Credited as Daryl "Chill" Mitchell
1997–2000 Veronica's Closet Leo Michaels 64 episodes
2000 The Pooch and the Pauper Moocher (Voice) Television movie
2001 Slacker Cats Eddie (Voice) Pilot
2002–04 Ed Eli Goggins III 39 episodes
2004 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Player in Wheelchair Episode: "Mad Hops"
2005 Eve Damien Episode: "Wheels and Deals"
2007 The Suite Life of Zack & Cody Himself Episode: "Back in the Game"
The Game Chris Clements Episodes: "Media Blitz", "The Truth Hurts"
2009 Brothers Chill Trainor Co-stars with Michael Strahan
NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series
Canceled after 13 episodes
2010 Desperate Housewives Ron Episodes: "The Glamorous Life"
Wizards of Waverly Place Scientist 1 Episode: "Wizards Exposed"
2011 Traffic Light Liam Episode: "Help Wanted"
2012 The Cleveland Show Maurice 1 episode, Voice only
2014–2021 NCIS: New Orleans Computer Specialist Patton Plame Main role credit in 155 episodes
2018–present Fear the Walking Dead Wendell Recurring (Season 4–present)
2018-19 Talking Dead Himself 2 episodes

Studio album


  1. ^ a b c "Daryl Mitchell Biography (1969-)".
  2. ^ a b "Moving Man". People. July 29, 2002. Retrieved September 30, 2019.
  3. ^ a b c "Daryl "Chill" Mitchell". Ability. Aug–Sep 2010. Retrieved August 17, 2010.
  4. ^ Straka, Mike (March 13, 2003). "Ed Star Daryl Mitchell on Rolling With Life's Punches". Fox News. Retrieved 2008-10-23.
  5. ^ "Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation Ambassador Daryl "Chill" Mitchell Nominated for NAACP Image Award" (Press release). Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation. January 8, 2020.
  6. ^ "Celebrity Circuit: Daryl Mitchell Accepts NAACP Award". CBS News. February 27, 2010. Retrieved September 30, 2019.