Millard Mitchell
Millard Mitchell in Singin in the Rain trailer.jpg
Mitchell in Singin' in the Rain (1952)
Born(1903-08-14)August 14, 1903
Havana, Cuba
DiedOctober 13, 1953(1953-10-13) (aged 50)
Resting placeHoly Cross Cemetery, Culver City, California
Years active1924–1953
Peggy Gould
(m. 1942)
Millard Mitchell inThe Naked Spur (1953)
Millard Mitchell in
The Naked Spur (1953)

Millard Mitchell (August 14, 1903 – October 13, 1953) was an American character actor whose credits include roughly 30 feature films and two television appearances.

He appeared as a bit player in eight films between 1931 and 1936. Mitchell returned to film work in 1942 after a six-year absence. Between 1942 and 1953, he was a successful supporting actor.

For his performance in the film My Six Convicts (1952), Mitchell won the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture. He is also remembered for his role as Col. Rufus Plummer in Billy Wilder's A Foreign Affair (1948), as Gregory Peck's commanding officer in the war drama Twelve O'Clock High (1949), High-Spade Frankie Wilson in Winchester '73 (1950), as the fictional movie mogul R.F. Simpson in the musical comedy Singin' in the Rain (1952), and as a hapless old prospector in The Naked Spur (1953).

Mitchell appeared frequently on Broadway, often playing a fast-talking Broadway character. He played the starring role in The Great Campaign (1947).[1][2]

Personal life

Mitchell was born to American parents in Havana, Cuba. He married actress Peggy Gould in 1942; the couple had two daughters, Mary Ellis and Margaret. Their daughter Maggie Schpak is a noted Hollywood jewelry designer.

Mitchell died at the age of 50 in 1953 from lung cancer at St. John's Hospital in Santa Monica, California, [3][4][5] and was interred in Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City, California.



  1. ^ "Millard Mitchell". IBDb (Internet Broadway Database). Retrieved February 22, 2017.
  2. ^ Leon Morse (April 5, 1947). "Experimental Theater". Billboard. p. 44. Retrieved February 22, 2017.
  3. ^ "Millard Mitchell is taken by death". Spokane Daily Chronicle. Associated Press. October 13, 1953. p. 6.
  4. ^ "Millard Mitchell, actor, is in coma". Reading Eagle. Associated Press. October 13, 1953. p. 32.
  5. ^ "Millard Mitchell, film actor, dies". Quebec Chronicle-Telegraph. Associated Press. October 14, 1953. p. 10.