Biography

Grant Mitchell (born John Grant Mitchell Jr.) was an American stage and screen actor. He is best remembered for his portrayals of fathers, husbands, bank clerks, businessmen, school principals and similar type characters, usually supporting, in films of the 1930s and 1940s.

Mitchell, a Yale post graduate at Harvard Law, gave up his law practice to become an actor, making his stage debut at age 27. He appeared in lead roles on Broadway in such plays as "It Pays to Advertise", "The Champion", "The Whole Town's Talking", and "The Baby Cyclone", the last which was specially written for him by George M. Cohan.

His screen career took off with the advent of sound (years earlier he had appeared in at least two silent films). He appeared primarily in B films, though from time to time enjoyed being a part of A-quality productions such as Dinner at Eight (1933), A Midsummer Night's Dream (1935), Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939), The Man Who Came to Dinner (1942), and Arsenic and Old Lace (1944).

Grant Mitchell retired from show business in 1948. He died, age 82, in Los Angeles in 1957.

Grant Mitchell (born John Grant Mitchell Jr.) was an American stage and screen actor. He is best remembered for his portrayals of fathers, husbands, bank clerks, businessmen, school principals and similar type characters, usually supporting, in films of the 1930s and 1940s.

Mitchell, a Yale post graduate at Harvard Law, gave up his law practice to become an actor, making his stage debut at age 27. He appeared in lead roles on Broadway in such plays as "It Pays to Advertise", "The Champion", "The Whole Town's Talking", and "The Baby Cyclone", the last which was specially written for him by George M. Cohan.

His screen career took off with the advent of sound (years earlier he had appeared in at least two silent films). He appeared primarily in B films, though from time to time enjoyed being a part of A-quality productions such as Dinner at Eight (1933), A Midsummer Night's Dream (1935), Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939), The Man Who Came to Dinner (1942), and Arsenic and Old Lace (1944).

Grant Mitchell retired from show business in 1948. He died, age 82, in Los Angeles in 1957.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 118

Birthday 1874-06-17

Day of Death 1957-05-01

Place of Birth Columbus, Ohio, USA

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Also Known As

  • John Grant Mitchell Jr.
  • Грант Митчелл

Acting TV ShowsMovies

1975 Brother, Can You Spare a Dime? as (archive footage)
1947 Blondie's Anniversary as Samuel Breckenbridge
1947 The Corpse Came C.O.D. as Mitchell Edwards
1947 Honeymoon as Congressman Crenshaw
1947 It Happened on Fifth Avenue as Al Farrow
1947 Blondie's Holiday as Samuel Breckenridge
1946 Easy to Wed as Homer Henshaw
1945 Leave Her to Heaven as Carlson (uncredited)
1945 Guest Wife as House Detective
1945 Conflict as Dr. Grant
1945 A Medal For Benny as Mayor Smiley
1945 Crime, Inc. as Wayne Clark
1945 Bring on the Girls as Ralph Neely
1945 Watchtower Over Tomorrow as (uncredited)
1944 And Now Tomorrow as Uncle Wallace
1944 When the Lights Go On Again as Arnold Benson
1944 Arsenic and Old Lace as Reverend Harper
1944 The Impatient Years as Hotel Clerk
1944 Step Lively as Dr. Gibbs
1944 See Here, Private Hargrove as Uncle George
1943 Dixie as Mr. Mason
1943 All by Myself as J.D. Gibbons
1943 The Amazing Mrs. Holliday as Edgar Holliday
1942 My Sister Eileen as Walter Sherwood
1942 Orchestra Wives as Dr. Ward
1942 Cairo as Mr. O.H.P. Boggs
1942 The Gay Sisters as Gilbert Wheeler
1942 March On, America! as John Quincy Adams
1942 Meet the Stewarts as Pierce Goodwin
1942 Larceny, Inc. as Mr. Aspinwall
1942 The Man Who Came to Dinner as Mr. Ernest Stanley
1941 Skylark as Frederick Vantine
1941 One Foot in Heaven as Clayton Potter
1941 Nothing But the Truth as Mr. Bishop
1941 The Feminine Touch as Dean Hutchinson, Digby College
1941 The Great Lie as Joshua Mason
1941 The Penalty as Judge
1941 Footsteps in the Dark as Wellington Carruthers
1941 Tobacco Road as George Payne
1940 Father Is A Prince as John W. Bower
1940 We Who Are Young as Jones
1940 My Love Came Back as Dr. Kobbe
1940 New Moon as Governor of New Orleans
1940 Edison, the Man as Snade
1940 It All Came True as Mr. Rene Salmon
1940 The Grapes of Wrath as Caretaker
1940 Castle on the Hudson as Dr. Ames - the Psychologist
1939 The Secret of Dr. Kildare as John Xerxes Archley
1939 Mr. Smith Goes to Washington as Sen. MacPherson
1939 The Monroe Doctrine as John Quincy Adams
1939 On Borrowed Time as Mr. Pilbeam
1939 Hell's Kitchen as Hiram Krispan
1939 6,000 Enemies as Warden Alan Parkhurst
1938 Peck's Bad Boy with the Circus as Henry Peck
1938 That Certain Age as Jeweler
1938 Youth Takes a Fling as Duke
1938 Women Are Like That as Mr. Snell
1937 Lady Behave! as Burton Williams
1937 Hollywood Hotel as B.L. Faulkin
1937 First Lady as Ellsworth T. Banning
1937 The Last Gangster as Warden
1937 Music for Madame as District Attorney Ernest Robinson
1937 The Life of Emile Zola as Georges Clemenceau
1936 The Devil Is a Sissy as Paul Krumpp
1936 Piccadilly Jim as Herbert Pett
1936 My American Wife as Robert Cantillon
1936 Parole! as Marty Crawford
1936 The Ex-Mrs. Bradford as John Summers, Luxury's Owner
1936 Moonlight Murder as Dr. Paul Adams
1936 The Garden Murder Case as District Attorney Markham
1936 Next Time We Love as Michael Jennings
1936 Her Master's Voice as Horace J. Twilling
1935 A Dream Comes True as Egeus (archive footage) (uncredited)
1935 Seven Keys To Baldpate as Thomas Hayden
1935 Things You Never See on the Screen as Himself
1935 In Person as Judge Thaddeus Parks
1935 It's in the Air as W. R. Gridley
1935 A Midsummer Night's Dream as Egeus, Father to Hermia
1935 Redheads on Parade as Minor Role (uncredited)
1935 Broadway Gondolier as E.V. Richards, Radio Producer
1935 Men Without Names as Andrew Webster
1935 Traveling Saleslady as Rufus Twitchell
1935 Gold Diggers of 1935 as Louis Lamson
1935 One More Spring as Mr. Henry Sheridan
1934 The Secret Bride as Willis Martin
1934 365 Nights in Hollywood as J. Walter Delmar
1934 Gridiron Flash as Howard Smith
1934 The Case of the Howling Dog as District Attorney Claude Drumm
1934 One Exciting Adventure as Fussli
1934 The Cat's-Paw as Silk Hot McGee
1934 We're Rich Again as Wilbur Page
1934 Twenty Million Sweethearts as Sharpe
1934 The Show-Off as Mr. 'Pa'
1934 The Poor Rich as Tom Hopkins
1933 Convention City as J.B. Honeywell
1933 King for a Night as Rev. John Williams
1933 Dancing Lady as Jasper Bradley, Sr.
1933 Wild Boys of the Road as James Smith
1933 Saturday's Millions as Ezra Fowler
1933 Dinner at Eight as Ed Loomis
1933 The Stranger's Return as Allen
1933 I Love That Man as Dr. Crittenden - Dentist
1933 Heroes for Sale as George Gibson
1933 Tomorrow at Seven as Austin Winters
1933 Lilly Turner as Dr. Hawley
1933 Central Airport as Mr. Blaine
1933 Our Betters as Thornton Clay
1933 He Learned About Women as Appleby
1932 No Man of Her Own as Charlie Vane
1932 20,000 Years in Sing Sing as Tester of Convicts' IQs (uncredited)
1932 If I Had a Million as Prison Priest (uncredited)
1932 Three on a Match as Mr. Gilmore
1932 Big City Blues as Station Agent
1932 A Successful Calamity as Connors, Wilton's Butler
1932 Week-End Marriage as Doctor
1932 The Famous Ferguson Case as Martin Collins
1931 The Star Witness as Pa Leeds
1930 Man to Man as Barber John Martin Bolton

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