Brian Stokes Mitchell

Brian Stokes Mitchell

Oct. 31st, 1957
Born in
Seattle, Washington
6' 1

Brian Stokes Mitchell's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
Fam TV Show
Trapper John, M.D. TV Show
Trapper John, M.D.
New Kids On The Block TV Show
New Kids On The Block

Main Movie Roles

Guest TV Roles

[none found]


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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