Sunday, January 16, 2011

RIP Herb Mitchell

Herbert L. Mitchell Jr., 73, of Blue Hill and Los Angeles, died peacefully at his daughter Kathy Hally’s home, surrounded by his loving first family, on Jan. 4, 2011. He was born June 18, 1937, in Bar Harbor, the son of Estella Mae Bourgeois Mitchell and Herbert L. Mitchell, Sr.

He attended Bar Harbor schools, and was an altar boy at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church throughout his school years. He attended the University of Maine and Maine Maritime Academy, eventually becoming an investment banker. Coaxed by his first wife into becoming a member of The Ellsworth Players in the late ’60s, Herb discovered his calling as an actor, which he later developed into a very successful acting career in Los Angeles, appearing in numerous television shows and films.

He is survived by his first wife, Scarlet Kinney of Surry, and their children, Sharon Mitchell Kassity and husband, Chris, of Carson City, Nev., Kelly A. Mitchell of Penobscot, Kathleen Mitchell Hally and husband, Brian, of Blue Hill, and Gerard B. Mitchell of Los Angeles. He leaves behind four grandchildren of this family, Courtney and Tierney Hally of Blue Hill, and Lucas and Kate Kassity of Carson City, Nev. He is also survived by his daughter, Kaitlin Mitchell of Andover Mass., from his second marriage to Janet Ahearn, and by his two brothers, Gerald Mitchell, of Seattle, Wash., and Louis Mitchell, of Los Angeles.

Herb’s family wishes to thank Hancock County HomeCare and Hospice and Dr. Tom Bugby for their attentive care and guidance. We also wish to thank Nadine A. Kassity, MBA, RN, and Jamieson E. Jones, MD, for their book “First Heal Thyself,” which was a great help to the family as they dealt with Herb’s passing.

A funeral Mass will be held 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 7, 2011, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Ellsworth, followed by a reception in the church hall. A private burial will be held in the spring. A service of Bragdon-Kelley Funeral Home, Ellsworth. Condolences may be sent at

MITCHELL, Herb (Herbert L. Mitchell, Jr.)
Born: 6/18/1937, Bar Harbor, Maine, U.S.A.
Died: 1/4/2011, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

Herb Mitchell's westerns - actor:
Little House on the Prairie (TV) - 1981 (workman)
Father Murphy (TV) - 1981, 1982 (guard, pallbearer)

1 comment:

  1. Yes, I did coerce Herb to take over the male lead in a play I was in, when the original lead fell ill, and it was no easy job, he having been an athlete who avoided all things art. However, once he walked out onto the stage and began connecting with the audience, he was smitten. When he was then cast as Tevye in Fiddler in the roof, there was no turning back. A few years before his death, after he had retired in Blue Hill, he reprised the role of Tevye in Ellsworth, the same town in which he had first played it. Scarlet Kinney