Oct. 31st, 1957
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Brian Stokes Mitchell is an American stage, film and television actor and singer,
known for The Prince of Egypt, Trapper John, M.D., The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and Fam.
- Added "Stokes" to his name because there were too many Brian Mitchells running around. Stokes is his mother's maiden name.
- Mitchell's ethnic background is German, Scottish, African, and Native American.
- Was nominated for a 1998 Tony for "Best Actor in a Musical" for his portrayal of "Coalhouse Walker" opposite 'Audra McDonald' (qv).
- Born in Seattle, he grew up the youngest of four children in Navy bases in Guam and the Philippines. His father George, a former Tuskegee airman during WWII, was an electronics engineer; mother Lillian Stokes a policewoman and school administrator.
- Won Broadway's 2000 Tony Award as Best Actor (Musical) for a revival of 'Cole Porter' (qv)'s "Kiss Me, Kate." He has been Tony-nominated three other times: twice as Best Actor (Musical), in 1998 for portraying Colehouse Walker in "Ragtime" and in 2003 for playing the Cervantes/Don Quixote character in a revival of "Man of La Mancha;" and once as Best Actor (Play), in 2001 for 'August Wilson' (qv)'s "King Hedley II."
- Trained and first acted at the San Diego Junior Theater, making his debut in a production of "Godspell" in 1974 at the Old Globe.
- Was a regular cast member on the medical drama series "Trapper John, M.D." with 'Pernell Roberts' (qv) as a cocky intern. He also composed the musical scores for some of the show's episodes.
- He found work in the mid to late 1970s with the Twelfth Night Repertory Company as both an actor and resident composer.
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