John Cameron Mitchell

John Cameron Mitchell (born April 21, 1963) is an American writer, actor, and director. He is best known for his motion pictures Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Shortbus and Rabbit Hole. Mitchell was born in El Paso, Texas. The son of a retired U.S. Army Major General, he grew up on army bases in the U.S., Germany, and Scotland, and generally attended Catholic schools including St. Xavier High School (Junction City, Kansas) and St. Pius X High School (Albuquerque) from which he graduated in 1981. His mother is from Glasgow, Scotland and emigrated to the United States as a young schoolteacher. His brother Colin is also an actor, writer, and filmmaker. Mitchell's first stage role was the Virgin Mary in a Nativity musical staged at a Scottish Benedictine boys boarding school when he was 11 years old. He studied theater at Northwestern University from 1981 to 1985. Mitchell's first professional stage role was Huckleberry Finn in a 1985 Organic Theater adaptation at Chicago's Goodman Theatre. Mitchell's first New York acting role was Huck Finn in the Broadway musical Big River (1985).


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