Talking about actors who have spent a long time on our screens, the count will definitely not be complete without paying homage to Scoey Mitchell, a famous American actor, producer, writer, and director. Scoey’s acting career spanned from 1967 on the set of The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour to 2017 in A Kindred Soul. In between, the famed actor has played some notable roles on both the big and small screens.
Scoey Mitchell has indeed come a long way in Hollywood, leaving a trail of film and TV projects to remember him by. Below are all the interesting facts about the legendary actor you didn’t know.
Scoey Mitchell – Biography
Scoey Mitchell came into the world on the 12th of March 1930 under the star sign of Pisces, his place of birth which is Newburgh, New York, United States points to his American nationality and his ethnicity is African-American. Relevant information on his early life, parents, and siblings are not public notice but it is known that Scoey grew up as the son of a minister.
There is equally no information on his educational qualifications, including the institutions he attended but it is believed that he attained a reasonable level in his academics for him to achieve his present level of success.
The records have it that he played professional baseball in the past before deciding to settle for a career in acting. His debut as an actor was accomplished on the set of 1967 The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour. He was depicted as himself in What’s It All About in 1969.
As his career progressed, Scoey Mitchell guest starred in several TV series like Here Come the Brides, The Mothers-in-Law and The Odd Couple. He was also a guest on the set of That Girl, as well as The Six Million Dollar Man. More than a few made-for-television-movies cast him in a starring role, notable among them are Voyage of the Yes, Cindy and Cops. The versatile entertainer also tried his hands at TV directing with the likes of Me & Mrs. C. which was released in 1984, as well as some episodes of 13 East from 1989–90. He also functioned as a writer on television which is evidenced in his work in 1983’s Just a Little More Love, The Scoey Mitchlll Show of 1972 and Handsome Harry’s.
Moreover, the multitalented artist also made a foray into TV production as can be seen in the 1981 Grambling’s White Tiger, Miracle at Beekman’s Place (1988) and Gus Brown and Midnight Brewster of 1985. Some TV shows where he made appearances as himself include Match Game which lasted from 1974 to ’79, The Joey Bishop Show which took off in 1968 and stayed through to 1969 and the 1988 show Super Password. Scoey Mitchell also came in as himself in Tattletales in 1974 and 1968 saw him appear in The Hollywood Squares.
Barefoot in the Park, a sitcom which was taken from Neil Simon’s Broadway play of similar name cast him in a role in September 1970. The ABC sitcom was the first American-based TV sitcom since Amos ‘n’ Andy to sport a predominantly black cast with Vito Scotti picking up the role of the only main white character.
The series, however, developed a major behind the scene strife during a few of its first episodes which sealed its fate. Scoey Mitchell was disengaged due to some difference in opinion that arose between him and the producers but instead of getting a replacement for him, ABC made the decision to cancel the series in December 1970 due to their disenchantment with its low ratings. 1986 saw Scoey as part of the cast of a semi-autobiographical movie about Richard Pryor titled Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling. He did not entirely leave acting after this role because 2017 saw him back on the screen in A Kindred Soul.
His Wife – Claire T. Thomas and Family
Scoey Mitchell and his spouse Claire T. Thomas have been keeping the details of their current relationship status a top secret from the press and the general public since nobody is sure whether they are still together, separated or divorced. However, the duo began their connubial life after a wedding ceremony that took place on the 7th of April 1973, the details of their married life is not known, neither do we have information on the number of children they have.