Mitchell, Cameron McDowell, 2nd Lt

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Last Rank
Second Lieutenant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
M 1035-Bombardier
Last AFSC Group
USAAF
Service Years
1943 - 1945
Second Lieutenant

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Home State
Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania
Year of Birth
1918
 
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Home Town
Dallastown
Last Address
Pacific Palisades, CA

Date of Passing
Jul 06, 1994
 
Location of Interment
Desert Memorial Park - Cathedral City, California
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Not Specified

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Born Cameron MacDowell Mitzel in Dallastown, Pennsylvania to Rev. Charles and Kathryn Mitzel, Mitchell served as a bombardier with the United States Army Air Forces during World War II. His film career began with minor roles in films dating back to 1945, but he quickly rose to young leading man status opposite such stars as Wallace Beery in The Mighty McGurk, Doris Day and James Cagney in Love Me or Leave Me, Lana Turner and Spencer Tracy in Cass Timberlane, Clark Gable and Jane Russell in The Tall Men, and Marlon Brando, Merle Oberon, and Jean Simmons in Desiree.

Some of his best-known films included the 1951 adaptation of Death of a Salesman (he originated the role of Happy on Broadway), the 1953 comedy How to Marry a Millionaire (with Marilyn Monroe), and 1956's film version of Carousel.

During the 1960s, Mitchell starred in numerous Italian horror, fantasy, and thriller films, several of which were directed by Mario Bava, including Erik the Conqueror (1961), Blood and Black Lace (1964), and Knives of the Avenger (1966).

It was on TV where Mitchell had the greatest effect during the latter part of his career, and he is best remembered for starring as Uncle Buck in the 1960s western series, The High Chaparral. He had also made an appearance on an episode of Bonanza & S.W.A.T., & guest starred on the short lived TV series The Swiss Family Robinson in 1975. He also provided the voice of Jesus in The Robe.

Between the first and second world wars, during his years as a young actor in Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne's National Theater Company, Fontanne suggested that Cameron's surname sounded "a bit too much like the Hun" and insisted he change it to "Mitchell".
   
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