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Brian Stokes Mitchell Biography

Also Credited As: Brian Mitchell
 
Date Of Birth:
October 31, 1957 (63)
Birth Place:
Seattle, WA
Bio:
Dubbed “the last leading man” by The New York Times, Tony Award-winner Brian Stokes Mitchell has enjoyed a career that spans Broadway, television, film, and concert appearances with the country’s finest conductors and orchestras. He received Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle ... (read complete bio)
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Date of Birth: October 31, 1957 (63)

Birth Place: Seattle, WA

Bio:
Dubbed “the last leading man” by The New York Times, Tony Award-winner Brian Stokes Mitchell has enjoyed a career that spans Broadway, television, film, and concert appearances with the country’s finest conductors and orchestras. He received Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle ... (read complete bio)

Dubbed “the last leading man” by The New York Times, Tony Award-winner Brian Stokes Mitchell has enjoyed a career that spans Broadway, television, film, and concert appearances with the country’s finest conductors and orchestras.

He received Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle awards for his star turn in Kiss Me, Kate. He also gave Tony-nominated performances in Man of La Mancha, August Wilson’s King Hedley II, and Ragtime. Other notable Broadway shows include Kiss of the Spider Woman, Jelly’s Last Jam, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown and Shuffle Along. In 2016 he was awarded his second Tony Award, the prestigious Isabelle Stevenson Tony for his Charitable work with The Actors Fund. That same year Stokes was inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame.

An extremely versatile and in-demand singer, Stokes has performed at venues spanning jazz, opera, pops, country, and musical theater worlds. He has worked with John Williams, Marvin Hamlisch, Gustavo Dudamel, Keith Lockhart, Michael Tilson Thomas, The Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Big Band, The Mormon Tabernacle choir and the Muppets. Stokes has made multiple appearances at Carnegie Hall beginning with his debut with the San Francisco Symphony through his televised performance in South Pacific opposite Reba McEntire to his sold-out solo concert, which he continues to perform throughout the U.S. He has been invited twice to perform at the White House (both times aired on PBS’s “Great Performances”) and has performed multiple times for Presidents Clinton and Obama.

​Stokes has delved deeply into various music disciplines. In addition to singing he began piano studies at the age of 6. A self-professed autodidact, his musical curiosity lead him to teach himself composing, arranging and orchestration, starting in his teens. He later studied, Film scoring, orchestration, and conducting both privately and through UCLA and subsequently scored and conducted a number of “Trapper John, MD” episodes, a series on which he was also a regular cast member. His musical talent has extended to the present day as producer, arranger and orchestrator on his three solo albums including his last recording, “Simply Broadway” and his upcoming recording “Plays With Music”, which is slated to be released this Fall. Stokes has appeared on more than 20 albums.

​His extensive screen credits began with a guest starring role on “Roots:The next Generations”, followed by a 7-year stint on Trapper John, MD and have continued with memorable appearances on everything from PBS’ Great Performances to The Fresh Prince, Frasier, Glee, Jumping the Broom and his most recent recurring roles on Madam Secretary, Mr. Robot, The Path, Billions and The Good Fight. Other recent TV appearances include The Blacklist, Elementary, and Bull. As a voice-over artist he has played dozens of characters on animated TV episodes including performing “Through Heaven’s Eyes” in Dreamwork’s “The Prince of Egypt."

As a writer Stokes has contributed to the book Hirschfeld’s Harlem, wrote the preface to At This Theatre, and co-authored the children’s book Lights on Broadway.

For fun he has been known to fly planes and jump out of them (usually not at the same time), and he can ride a bicycle on a high wire.

Stokes has enjoyed working with numerous charitable organizations from the March of Dimes to the USO. He is on the board of Americans For the Arts and is serving his 14th term as Chairman of the Board of the Actors Fund.

Brian Stokes Mitchell Awards and Nominations

(winners are in red)

 
Tony Awards - 2016 - Isabelle Stevenson Award Gold Star
Brian Stokes Mitchell
 
Helen Hayes Awards - 2003 - Outstanding Lead Actor, Non-Resident Production Gold Star
Brian Stokes MitchellMan of La Mancha
 
Helen Hayes Awards - 2003 - Outstanding Lead Actor, Resident Musical
Brian Stokes Mitchell Sweeney Todd
 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2003 - Outstanding Actor in a Musical
Brian Stokes Mitchell, Man of La Mancha
 
Tony Awards - 2003 - Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical
Brian Stokes Mitchell, Man of La Mancha
 
Drama Desk Awards - 2002 - Outstanding Actor - Musical Gold Star
Brian Stokes Mitchell, Man of La Mancha
 
Helen Hayes Awards - 2002 - Outstanding Lead Actor, Non-Resident Production
Brian Stokes MitchellKing Hedley II
 
Drama Desk Awards - 2001 - Outstanding Actor - Play Gold Star
Brian Stokes Mitchell, King Hedley II
 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2001 - Outstanding Actor in a Play
Brian Stokes Mitchell, King Hedley II
 
Tony Awards - 2001 - Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play
Brian Stokes Mitchell, King Hedley II
 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2000 - Outstanding Actor in a Musical Gold Star
Brian Stokes Mitchell, Kiss Me Kate
 
Tony Awards - 2000 - Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical Gold Star
Brian Stokes Mitchell , Kiss Me, Kate
 
Drama Desk Awards - 1998 - Outstanding Actor - Musical
Brian Stokes Mitchell, Ragtime
 
Drama League Awards - 1998 - Distinguished Performance Award Gold Star
Brian Stokes Mitchell, Ragtime
 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 1998 - Best Actor - Musical
Brian Stokes Mitchell, Ragtime
 
Tony Awards - 1998 - Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical
Brian Stokes Mitchell, Ragtime
 
Theatre World Awards - 1988 - Performance Gold Star
Brian Stokes Mitchell, Mail