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Scoey Mitchell

Scoey Mitchell

92 (passed away Mar. 19th, 2022)
Mar. 12th, 1930
Born in
Newburgh, New York, USA

Scoey Mitchell's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
The Mothers-In-Law TV Show
The Mothers-In-Law
A New Kind of Family TV Show
A New Kind of Family
Tattletales TV Show
Barefoot In The Park TV Show
Barefoot In The Park

Main Movie Roles

Guest TV Roles

[none found]


Scoey Mitchell, often credited as Scoey Mitchlll, is an American comedian and actor. Mitchell started his career as a stand-up comedian before getting his big break in 1970 on the television adaptation of Barefoot in the Park opposite Tracy Reed. The ABC sitcom ran for just 12 episodes before being canceled but was the first American sitcom to have a predominantly Black cast since the early 1950s.

Mitchell also created two short lived NBC TV series, Me and Mrs. C and 13 East, and portrayed Richard Pryor's father in the film Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling.

Mitchel guest starred in series such as The Mothers-in-Law, Here Come the Brides, That Girl, The Odd Couple, The Six Million Dollar Man, and Baretta. Mitchell starred in several made-for-TV movies, such as Voyage of the Yes, Cops, and Cindy. He also turned to directing television with such as Me & Mrs. C. in 1984 and episodes of 13 East in 1989–90. Mitchell wrote for television and made-for-TV movies such as The Scoey Mitchell Show, Just a Little More Love and Handsome Harry's. In addition, he ventured into production of television and made-for-TV movies such as Grambling's White Tiger, Gus Brown and Midnight Brewster, and Miracle at Beekman's Place.

In September 1970, ABC cast Mitchell in Barefoot in the Park based on Neil Simon's Broadway play of the same name. The series cast members were predominantly black, making it the first American television sitcom since Amos 'n' Andy to have a predominantly black cast (Vito Scotti was the sole major white character). During its first few episodes, Barefoot in the Park developed behind-the-scenes strife that sealed its fate: Mitchell was fired due to "differences of opinion" with the series' producers. Rather than replace Mitchell with another actor -- and already disenchanted with the low ratings -- ABC decided to cancel Barefoot in the Park in December 1970.
In 1986, Mitchell was in Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling, a semi-autobiographical film about Richard Pryor. In 2017, after a hiatus of thirty years, Mitchell returned to acting in A Kindred Soul.

Scoey Mitchell died of kidney failure in Torrance, California, USA


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