Warren Mitchell, British actor, Died at 89


Warren Mitchell was born Warren Misell on January 14, 1926, and died on November 14, 2015.

He was a British actor. He was a BAFTA TV Award winner and twice a Award winner.

In the 1950s, Warren appeared on the radio programmes Educating Archie and television’s Hancock’s Half Hour.

In the 1960s, he rose to prominence in the role of bigoted cockney Alf Garnett in the BBC television sitcom Till Death Us Do Part (1965–1975), created by Johnny Speight, which won him a Best TV Actor BAFTA in 1967.

Warren reprised the role in the TV sequels Till Death… (ATV, 1981) and In Sickness and in Health (BBC, 1985–92), and in the films Till Death Us Do Part (1969) and The Alf Garnett Saga (1972).

His other film appearances include Three Crooked Men (1958), Carry On Cleo (1964), The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1965), The Assassination Bureau (1969) and Norman Loves Rose (1982).

Warren held both British and Australian citizenship and enjoyed considerable success in stage performances in both countries, winning Olivier Awards in 1979 for Death of a Salesman and 2004 for The Price.

Warren Mitchell was born in Stoke Newington, London.

His father was a glass and china merchant.

Warren was of Russian Jewish descent, (originally surnamed “Misell”) and described himself in an interview as an atheist.

He was interested in acting from an early age, and attended the Gladys Gordon’s Academy of Dramatic Arts in Walthamstow from the age of seven.

Warren did well at Southgate County School (now Southgate School), a state grammar school based in Palmers Green, Middlesex and then read physical chemistry at University College, Oxford, for six months.

There he met his contemporary Richard Burton, and together they joined the RAF in 1944.

Warren completed his navigator training in Canada just as the war ended.

Warren passed away at age 89 in November 2015.