Don Mitchell (actor)

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Don Mitchell
Don Mitchell 1968.JPG
Mitchell in 1968.
Born Don Michael Mitchell
(1943-03-17)March 17, 1943
Houston, Texas, U.S.
Died December 8, 2013(2013-12-08) (aged 70)
Encino, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Nationality American
Education UCLA
Occupation Actor
Years active 1965–1993
Emilie Blake (m. 1969–1970)
(1 child)
Judy Pace (m. 1972–1986)
(2 children)

Don Michael Mitchell (March 17, 1943 – December 8, 2013) was an American actor, best known for appearing with Raymond Burr in the NBC television series Ironside (1967-1975). He played the role of Mark Sanger, and reprised the role in the made-for-TV "reunion" film in 1993 – his last TV appearance.

Early years

Mitchell, who was a native of Houston, grew up on his grandfather's farm.[1] He "excelled in both football and basketball" at his high school in Houston. His post-secondary education began at Los Angeles City College,[2] from which he transferred to the University of California, Los Angeles,[3] where he studied acting.[4] His acting at UCLA led to his role in Ironside, as producer Collier Young saw Mitchell on stage in a production of Poor Bitos and signed him for the show three weeks before production began.[1]


Mitchell's other television roles include McMillan & Wife and playing Ed Lawrence on the CBS daytime soap opera Capitol. He also appeared as a policeman in Bewitched.

He also co-starred in the film Scream Blacula Scream (1973).[3]

Personal life

From 1969 to 1970, Mitchell was married to the model Emilie Blake, with whom he had a daughter, Dawn Mitchell. In 1972, Mitchell married actress Judy Pace. They divorced in 1986. He and Pace have two daughters; actress Julia Pace Mitchell, who appears on the CBS daytime soap opera The Young and the Restless, and attorney Shawn Meshelle Mitchell.[5]


Mitchell died of natural causes at his home in Encino, Los Angeles on December 8, 2013 at age 70.


  1. ^ a b "Mitchell Gets Break". The Pittsburgh Courier. Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh. April 1, 1967. p. 13. 
  2. ^ Penton, Edgar (February 18, 1968). "Burr to Keep Rolling". The Post-Crescent. Wisconsin, Appleton. p. 85. Retrieved July 15, 2017 – via  open access publication – free to read
  3. ^ a b "'Ironside' Actor Don Mitchell Dies at 70". The Hollywood Reporter. December 11, 2013. Archived from the original on 15 July 2017. Retrieved 15 July 2017. 
  4. ^ Slotnik, Daniel E. (December 13, 2013). "Don Mitchell, a Co-Star on TV's 'Ironside,' Dies". The New York Times. Archived from the original on 15 July 2017. Retrieved 15 July 2017. 
  5. ^ Harris M. Lentz III (2014). "Obituaries in the Performing Arts, 2013". McFarland. p. 259. 

External links

  • Don Mitchell on IMDb
  • Obituary Los Angeles Times

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