- Warren Mitchell
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name = Warren Mitchell
birthname = Warren Misel
birthdate = Birth date and age|1926|1|14|df=y
Stoke Newington, London
yearsactive = 1951 – present
spouse = Connie (1950 – present)
notable role =
Alf Garnettin " Till Death Us Do Part"
olivierawards = Best Performance in a Supporting Role 2004 "The Price"
Warren Mitchell (born
14 January 1926) is an English actor.
Mitchell was born Warren Misel in
Stoke Newington, London. He is of Russian Jewish descentcite news | last =| first =| coauthors=| title =Variety Club - Jewish Chronicle colour supplement "350 years"| pages=28-29| publisher =The Jewish Chronicle| date = 2006-12-15| url =| accessdate =2006-12-24 ] , but typically describes himself as an atheistin interviews.cite web |last=Deveney |first=Catherine |title=The pride of prejudice |accessdate=2007-07-20 |work= Scotland on Sunday|url=http://scotlandonsunday.scotsman.com/features/The-pride-of-prejudice.2570786.jp |date= 2007-10-10] His father was a glass and china merchant. He was interested in acting from an early age, and attended the "Gladys Gordon's Academy of Dramatic Arts" in Walthamstowfrom the age of seven. He did well at school and read physical chemistry at University College, Oxfordfor six months. There he met his contemporary Richard Burton, and together they joined the RAF in 1944. He completed his navigator training in Canada just as the war ended [http://www.screenonline.org.uk/people/id/465537/index.html BFI screen online biography] accessed 27 Jun 2007] .
Richard Burton's description of the acting profession had convinced him that it would be better than completing his chemistry degree and so Mitchell attended RADA for two years, performing in the evening with the Unity Theatre. After a short stint as a DJon Radio Luxembourg, in 1951, Mitchell became a versatile professional actor with straight and comedy roles on stage, radio, film and television. His first broadcast was as a regular on the radio show " Educating Archie", and this led to appearances on " Hancock's Half Hour". By the late fifties, he regularly appeared on television: as Sean Connery's trainer in boxing drama " Requiem for a Heavyweight" (1957), with Charlie Drakein the sitcom"Drake's Progress" (BBC, 1957) and a title role in "Three 'Tough' Guys" (ITV, 1957), in which he played a bungling criminal. He also appeared in "The Avengers" and many ITC drama series, for ITV: " William Tell", " The Four Just Men", " Sir Francis Drake", " Danger Man" and as a recurrent guest in " The Saint".
His cinema début came in 1956, when he played the part of a sailor aboard a British warship in
Powell and Pressburger's " The Battle of the River Plate", a role in which he is hard to spot and which went uncredited. He then appeared in 1957 in Guy Hamilton's "Manuela", and he began a career of minor roles as sinister foreign agents, assisted by his premature baldness and facility with eastern European accents. He appeared in " The Roman Spring of Mrs Stone" ( José Quintero, 1961), and "Help!" ( Richard Lester, 1965) and played leads in "All The Way Up" ( James MacTaggart, 1970), "The Chain" ( Jack Gold, 1984), "The Dunera Boys" ( Ben Lewin, 1985) and "Foreign Body" ( Ronald Neame, 1986).
In 1965, he was cast as
Alf Garnettin a play for the BBC " Comedy Playhouse" series, broadcast on 22 July 1965. This was the pilot edition of the long-running series "Till Death Us Do Part" with Gretchen Franklin, Una Stubbsand Anthony Booth(later Tony Blair's father-in-law). The part of Mum played by Gretchen Franklin was taken by Dandy Nicholswhen the programme was commissioned as a series. Mitchell may be best known for his role as the bigoted cockney West Ham United F.C.supporter, Alf Garnett, but ironically, his real life persona is quite the opposite, being a left-winger, Jewish, and a staunch supporter of Tottenham Hotspur F.C.. The show ran from 1966 to 1975, in seven series, making a total of 53 30-minute episodes [ [http://www.screenonline.org.uk/tv/id/465503/index.html Till Death Us Do Part (1966-75)] accessed 27 Jun 2007] .
He has a long and distinguished career on stage and television. Other small screen roles include performances in "
The Sweeney" ( Thames Televisionfor ITV, 1978), " Lovejoy" (BBC), " Waking the Dead(BBC)", " Kavanagh QC" "( Carlton Televisionfor ITV), " The Merchant of Venice" (BBC, 1980) and "Gormenghast".
On stage he received extensive critical acclaim for his performances in
Arthur Miller's " Death of a Salesman" and Harold Pinter's " The Caretaker" at the National Theatre; and Pinter's " The Homecoming" and Miller's "The Price" in the West End, also appearing in Visiting Mr. Greenin 2007 and 2008.
Even after the cancellation of the Alf Garnett sequel series "
In Sickness And In Health", Mitchell still played him on a number of occasions. ITV aired a series of mini episodes called "A Word With Alf" featuring Alf and his friends. When Johnny Speightdied in 1998, the series was cancelled at the request of Mitchell saying he no longer wanted to play Alf now that Speight was dead.
Warren was voted TV Actor of the Year in 1965, for his portrayal of Alf Garnett, in "Til Death Do Us Part"'. For his 2003 performance in "The Price", he was awarded the 2004
Laurence Olivier Theatre Awardfor Best Performance in a Supporting Role, and also nominated for a London Evening StandardAward for Best Actor. In 1982, he received an Australian Film InstituteAward for Best Actor in a Supporting Role, for the film, "Norman Loves Rose".
Mitchell is a Distinguished Supporter of the
British Humanist Association.
He has been married since 1950 to Connie (Constance Wake), an actress who appeared in early 1960s television dramas such as "Maigret". They have three children; Rebecca, Daniel and Anna (also known as Georgia Mitchell). He is a naturalised citizen of
Australia. [cite news
title=Warren Mitchell is a winner
The 7.30 Report
Australian Broadcasting Corporation
24 February 2004
For over twenty years, Mitchell has suffered pain from nerve damage, caused by a virus, and is a supporter of the
NeuropathyTrust. [ [http://www.neurocentre.com/gallery-1.php Neuropathy Trust] accessed 27 Jun 2007]
*imdb name|id=0593803|name=Warren Mitchell
* [http://www.screenonline.org.uk/people/id/465537/index.html Screenonline: Warren Mitchell]
* [http://www.timeout.com/film/people/286799/warren-mitchell.html TimeOut: Warren Mitchell]
NAME= Mitchell, Warren
ALTERNATIVE NAMES= Misel, Warren
SHORT DESCRIPTION= TV, Film and stage actor
DATE OF BIRTH=
14 January 1926
PLACE OF BIRTH=
Stoke Newington, London
DATE OF DEATH=
PLACE OF DEATH=
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