January 26, 2010

James Mitchell, R.I.P.

The actor-dancer James Mitchell, best known of late for portraying Palmer Cortland in All My Children for more than 30 years, has died. I did some consulting on All My Children, many moons ago. I met Mitchell several times, and exchanged pleasantries, but never spoke to him alone. What I can tell you is that he was beloved by his castmates and crew. He was known not just for his kindness and courtliness, but for his wit and wicked sense of humor.

Here's a video tribute. He was unbearably handsome in some of these photos, with a facial bone structure that served him well into his old age. This is a huge loss for the world of soaps, his partner, and all of his many friends and admirers.