Daryl Mitchell

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Daryl Mitchell
DarylMitchellEmmysSept09.jpg
Mitchell in September 2009
Born(1965-07-16) July 16, 1965 (age 49)
The Bronx, New York, U.S.
Other namesChill Mitchell
OccupationActor
Years active1985–present
Spouse(s)Carol (m. 1998)
 
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For the English cricketer, see Daryl Mitchell (cricketer).
Daryl Mitchell
DarylMitchellEmmysSept09.jpg
Mitchell in September 2009
Born(1965-07-16) July 16, 1965 (age 49)
The Bronx, New York, U.S.
Other namesChill Mitchell
OccupationActor
Years active1985–present
Spouse(s)Carol (m. 1998)

Daryl "Chill" Mitchell (born July 16, 1965 in The Bronx, New York, United States)[1] is an American actor. He is best known for his roles as Dexter Walker on The John Larroquette Show, Leo Michaels on Veronica's Closet, and Eli Goggins on Ed.

Early life and career[edit]

Mitchell was born in The Bronx, New York to a secretary mother and a bus driver father.[1] After a career in hip hop in the 1980s with Groove B. Chill, Mitchell had considerable success as an actor, appearing in House Party and its sequel, Sgt. Bilko, Galaxy Quest, 10 Things I Hate About You, and the TV sitcoms The John Larroquette Show and Veronica's Closet. He has also made appearances in the sitcoms Becker, and in The Game and Desperate Housewives. In 2009, he co-starred in the short-lived sitcom Brothers.

In September 2009, Mitchell was profiled on TV One's biographical documentary program Life After, a series that examines the lives of celebrities following a career turning point.

Personal life[edit]

In November 2001, Mitchell was paralyzed from the waist down in a motorcycle accident, in South Carolina. "It was dark and I didn't know the roads really well," said Mitchell, "I went around a bend and on the other side there was gravel and loose pavement and bam, the bike shot right underneath me. I woke up five days later in the hospital." "It was a blessing," explained Mitchell, to have his friend, who was once shot in a random act of violence, be "one of the first people to show up at the hospital." Spending much time with him previously, doing things and going places, had really helped Mitchell open his eyes with the circumstances.[2] Mitchell got full support from his family and friends, including Denzel Washington and Chris Tucker, to continue his career. Mitchell advises other wheelchair users to hold on to something they believe in. "You cannot do this by yourself. You need your family, your friends, faith, and love," he said.

After the accident, he appeared on the TV program Ed between 2002 and 2004 as a bowling alley manager who was paralyzed after an accident similar to Mitchell's own.[3] He later started the Daryl Mitchell Foundation to raise awareness of spinal cord injuries and serves as the Minority Outreach spokesperson for the Christopher Reeve Foundation. He has also become a strong advocate for employing actors with disabilities.[4]

Today, Mitchell resides in Sugar Hill, Georgia[2] with his wife and three children. Two of his sons play football for North Gwinnett High School, while his daughter also cheers for North Gwinnett High.[1] Mitchell won an NAACP Image Award on February 26, 2010.

Daryl's cousin, Alvin Brown is mayor of Jacksonville, Florida.[citation needed]

Filmography[edit]

Film
YearFilmRoleNotes
1990House PartyChill
1991House Party 2Chill
1992BoomerangStreet PhotographerCredited as Daryl "Chill" Mitchell
1993Fly by NightKayam
1996White LiesMarkCredited as Daryl "Chill" Mitchell
Sgt. BilkoPfc. Walter T. Holbrook
A Thin Line Between Love and HateEarlCredited as Daryl M. Mitchell
1997Quiet Days in HollywoodAngelAlternative title: The Way We Are
1998Home FriesRoy
199910 Things I Hate About YouMr. MorganCredited as Daryl "Chill" Mitchell
Galaxy QuestTommy Webber
2000Lucky NumbersDet. Chambers
2001Black KnightSteve
200213 MoonsLenny
The Country BearsOfficer HammCredited as Daryl "Chill" Mitchell
2006Inside ManMobile Command Officer RourkeCredited as Daryl "Chill" Mitchell
Television
YearTitleRoleNotes
1985–1991The Cosby ShowOld Head
Guy in Club
Episodes: "Clair's Case"
"Warning: A Double-Lit Candle Can Cause a Meltdown"
1992Law & OrderReginald BeggsEpisode: "The Fertile Fields"
Here and NowT15 episodes
1993QueenAbnerMiniseries
Credited as Daryl "Chill" Mitchell
1993–1996The John Larroquette ShowDexter Walker84 episodes Credited as Daryl "Chill" Mitchell
1994Cosmic SlopTelevision movie
The Fresh Prince of Bel-AirChillEpisode: "The Philadelphia Story"
Credited as Daryl "Chill" Mitchell
1996In the HouseMilitant Guy1 episode
Rebound: The Legend of Earl "The Goat" ManigaultDean MemmingerTelevision movie
1997CosbyMike1 episode
ToothlessRaulTelevision movie
Credited as Daryl "Chill" Mitchell
1997–2000Veronica's ClosetLeo Michaels64 episodes
2000The Pooch and the PauperMoocher (Voice)Television movie
2002–2004EdEli Goggins39 episodes
2004Law & Order: Criminal IntentPlayer in WheelchairEpisode: "Mad Hops"
2005EveDamienEpisode:Wheels and Deals
2007The Suite Life of Zack & CodyDarylEpisode: "Back in the Game"
The GameChris ClementsEpisodes: "Media Blitz", "The Truth Hurts"
2009BrothersChill TrainorCo-stars with Michael Strahan
NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series
Canceled after 13 episodes
2010Desperate HousewivesRonEpisodes: "The Glamorous Life"
2010Wizards of Waverly PlaceScientist 1Episode:"Wizards Exposed"
2011Traffic LightLiamEpisode:"Help Wanted"
2012The Cleveland ShowMaurice1 episode, Voice only

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Daryl Mitchell Biography (1969-)
  2. ^ a b "Daryl "Chill" Mitchell". ABILITY Magazine. Aug–Sep 2010. Retrieved August 17, 2010. 
  3. ^ Straka, Mike (2003-03-13). "Ed Star Daryl Mitchell on Rolling With Life's Punches". foxnews.com. Retrieved 2008-10-23. 
  4. ^ "Ability Magazine: Daryl "Chill" Mitchell" (2010)". Retrieved 2012-04-03. 

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