November 21st, 2010
NBC TV Press Release Cameron Mitchell
Cameron Mitchell coudn’ t be happier with his role in the new NBC-TV western series, The High Chaparral. In fact, he gave up a promising career in European features to return to the United States to portray Buck Cannon in the series, The High Chaparral is a Sunday color feature.
Born in Dallastown, Penn, one of seven children, Mitchell’s strict Scotch-German parents discouraged any interest in the theater. His father and all the men in the Mitchell family were ministers as far back as he can remember. After high school he went to his principal and borrowed $250 with no more security than his enthusiasm and took off for New York City.
He worked as an usher, mail clerk, dish washer and Radio City sight-seeing guide with another unknown, Gregory Peck. Mitchell wrote a letter criticizing the acting of Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne, and the Lunts asked the upstart to read. They were impressed enough to offer him a part in their play, “The Taming of the Shrew,” and in the 1939-1940 season he appeared in ‘Christopher Sty.”
During World War II he served in the Air Corps as a bombardier until 1944 when he was put under MGM contract and made his first film, “They Were Expendable,” with John Wayne.