James Mitchell Dead At 89

January 25th, 2010 - 9:07 pm ICT by GD  

By Ranjan Bhaduri
james5Jan 25, (THAINDIAN NEWS) James Mitchell, best known for essaying the role of a ruthless tycoon named Palmer Cortland on All MY Children, a popular US daytime soap passed away on Friday. He played the role which made him a household name for almost three decades. The news was confirmed by Albert Wolsky, his partner. The actor had been suffering from a chronic obstructive pulmonary ailment for several years. He died at Los Angeles’s Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. A bout of pneumonia also added to his woes. His stint in the popular ABC soap opera is still remembered by many TV viewers. He was 89 at the time of his demise.

As a matter of fact, James Mitchell played the role of Palmer Cortland in over 300 episodes, starting from the year 1979. He continued with the show till 2008. His partner said that he loved playing the mean character who had a dominating streak. Earlier in his career, he rose to fame as a dancer. He also performed in a number of Broadway shows. In the 1950s, he dabbled with movies as well. He also taught dance movements to the aspiring actors in Drake University and Yale University.

The demise of the actor has saddened his fans, who will certainly miss the onscreen icy, mean patriarch. As an actor, he loved to experiment with roles and he donned various hats in his prolific career. There are very few actors who stared in a TV series for such a long period as he did. The funeral of the actor is slated to be arranged shortly.

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