In a 50-year show business career, Thomas Mitchell picked up top acting awards in movies, television, radio and stage.
Mitchell, a red-faced heavy-set son of Irish parents, appeared in scores of motion pictures, television programs and Broadway plays as well as many radio programs.
One of seven children, Mitchell went on to win an Academy Award for supporting actor in 1939 for his work in Stagecoach. He is best remembered for playing Scarlet O'Hara's father in "Gone with the Wind" and Uncle Billy in "It's a Wonderful Life."
Mitchell had a scholarly bent and over the years built up an extensive collection of first edition books and art works, including paintings by Whistler, Van Gogh and Rembrandt.
|1937||Best Supporting Actor||The Hurricane||Nomination|
|1939||Best Supporting Actor||Stagecoach||Win|