We have sad news to report. James Mitchell, who played Palmer Cortlandt on All My Children since 1979, has passed away. He was 89.
James joined the cast of AMC in 1979 as controlling, manipulative millionaire Palmer Cortlandt. Palmer's rivalry with Adam Chandler, unconventional (and charming) relationships with wives Daisy and Opal, and his omnipresent (some would say suffocating) control over his daughter Nina's love life (how Palmer hated Cliff Warner!) provided fodder for some of AMC's richest stories.
James was born and raised in Sacramento, CA. He starred in a number of Broadway musicals, including Brigadoon, Carnival, Carousel and Billion Dollar Baby, among many others. Co-stars over the years included Carol Lawrence, Chita Rivera, and future AMC co-star Frances Heflin (Mona). On film, James starred in The Turning Point with Anne Bancroft, The Bandwagon with Fred Astaire, and Oklahoma! James was an accomplished dancer, who worked with esteemed choreographers like Agnes de Mille and Jerome Robbins. He also taught movement to actors, including a stint teaching at Yale.
James appeared less frequently on All My Children in the last few years, but made his final onscreen appearance on January 5th, for the show's 40th anniversary.
The show has confirmed they will acknowledge his passing in the show, but the details remain TBD.
Goodbye, James ... You were so good at being bad -- and in doing so, brought joy to millions of people for over 30 years. That will not soon be forgotten. Rest in peace.