Daryl Mitchell (actor)

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Daryl Mitchell

Mitchell in September 2009
Born (1965-07-16) July 16, 1965
The Bronx, New York, U.S.
Other names Chill Mitchell
Occupation Actor
Years active 1985present
Spouse(s) Carol (m. 1998)

Daryl "Chill" Mitchell (born 16 July 1965)[1] is an American actor. He is known for such roles as Dexter Walker on The John Larroquette Show, Leo Michaels on Veronica's Closet, Eli Goggins III on Ed, and Patton Plame on NCIS: New Orleans.

Early life and career

Mitchell was born in The Bronx, New York to a secretary mother and a bus driver father.[1] He grew up in Wyandanch.[2] After a career in hip hop in the 1980s with Groove B. Chill, Mitchell had considerable success as an actor, appearing in House Party and its sequel, Sgt. Bilko, Galaxy Quest, 10 Things I Hate About You, and the TV sitcoms The John Larroquette Show and Veronica's Closet. He has also made appearances in the sitcom Becker, and in The Game and Desperate Housewives. In 2009, he co-starred in the short-lived sitcom Brothers. Since 2014 he has guest-starred in NCIS: New Orleans as recurring character Patton Plame, a computer specialist.

In September 2009, Mitchell was profiled on TV One's biographical documentary program Life After, a series that examines the lives of celebrities following a career turning point.

Personal life

In November 2001, Mitchell was paralyzed from the waist down in a motorcycle accident in South Carolina. "It was dark and I didn't know the roads really well," said Mitchell, "I went around a bend and on the other side there was gravel and loose pavement and bam, the bike shot right underneath me. I woke up five days later in the hospital." "It was a blessing," explained Mitchell, to have his friend, who was once shot in a random act of violence, be "one of the first people to show up at the hospital." Spending much time with him previously, doing things and going places, had really helped Mitchell open his eyes with the circumstances.[3] Mitchell got full support from his family and friends, including Denzel Washington and Chris Tucker, to continue his career. Mitchell advises other wheelchair users to hold on to something they believe in. "You cannot do this by yourself. You need your family, your friends, faith, and love," he said.

After the accident, he appeared on the TV program Ed between 2002 and 2004 as a bowling alley manager who was paralyzed after an accident similar to Mitchell's own.[4] He later started the Daryl Mitchell Foundation to raise awareness of spinal cord injuries and serves as the Minority Outreach spokesperson for the Christopher Reeve Foundation. He has also become a strong advocate for employing actors with disabilities.[5]

Today, Mitchell resides in Sugar Hill, Georgia[3] with his wife and three children. Two of his sons play football for North Gwinnett High School, while his daughter also cheers for North Gwinnett High.[1] Mitchell won an NAACP Image Award on February 26, 2010.


Year Film Role Notes
1990 House Party Chill
1991 House Party 2
1992 Boomerang Street Photographer Credited as Daryl "Chill" Mitchell
1993 Fly by Night Kayam
1996 White Lies Mark Credited as Daryl "Chill" Mitchell
Sgt. Bilko Pfc. Walter T. Holbrook
A Thin Line Between Love and Hate Earl Credited as Daryl M. Mitchell
1997 Quiet Days in Hollywood Angel Alternative title: The Way We Are
1998 Home Fries Roy
1999 10 Things I Hate About You Mr. Morgan Credited as Daryl "Chill" Mitchell
Galaxy Quest Tommy Webber
2000 Lucky Numbers Det. Chambers
2001 Black Knight Steve
2002 13 Moons Lenny
The Country Bears Officer Hamm Credited as Daryl "Chill" Mitchell
2006 Inside Man Mobile Command Officer Rourke
Year Title Role Notes
1985–91 The Cosby Show Old Head
Guy in Club
Episodes: "Clair's Case"
"Warning: A Double-Lit Candle Can Cause a Meltdown"
1992 Law & Order Reginald Beggs Episode: "The Fertile Fields"
Here and Now T 15 episodes
1993 Alex Haley's Queen Abner Miniseries
Credited as Daryl "Chill" Mitchell
1993–96 The John Larroquette Show Dexter Walker 84 episodes Credited as Daryl "Chill" Mitchell
1994 Cosmic Slop Television movie
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Chill Episode: "The Philadelphia Story"
Credited as Daryl "Chill" Mitchell
1996 Rebound: The Legend of Earl "The Goat" Manigault Dean Memminger Television movie
In the House Militant Guy 1 episode
1997 Cosby Mike
Toothless Raul Television movie
Credited as Daryl "Chill" Mitchell
1997–2000 Veronica's Closet Leo Michaels 64 episodes
2000 The Pooch and the Pauper Moocher (Voice) Television movie
2001 Slacker Cats Eddie (Voice) Pilot
2002–04 Ed Eli Goggins III 39 episodes
2004 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Player in Wheelchair Episode: "Mad Hops"
2005 Eve Damien Episode: "Wheels and Deals"
2007 The Suite Life of Zack & Cody Daryl Episode: "Back in the Game"
The Game Chris Clements Episodes: "Media Blitz", "The Truth Hurts"
2009 Brothers Chill Trainor Co-stars with Michael Strahan
NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series
Canceled after 13 episodes
2010 Desperate Housewives Ron Episodes: "The Glamorous Life"
Wizards of Waverly Place Scientist 1 Episode: "Wizards Exposed"
2011 Traffic Light Liam Episode: "Help Wanted"
2012 The Cleveland Show Maurice 1 episode, Voice only
2014–present NCIS: New Orleans Computer Specialist Patton Plame Credited as Daryl "Chill" Mitchell


  1. 1 2 3 "Daryl Mitchell Biography (1969-)". filmreference.com.
  2. Moving Man - Personal Tragedy, Veronica's Closet, Coping and Overcoming Illness, Daryl Mitchell : People.com Retrieved 2014-09-23.
  3. 1 2 "Daryl "Chill" Mitchell". ABILITY Magazine. Aug–Sep 2010. Retrieved August 17, 2010.
  4. Straka, Mike (2003-03-13). "Ed Star Daryl Mitchell on Rolling With Life's Punches". foxnews.com. Retrieved 2008-10-23.
  5. "Ability Magazine: Daryl "Chill" Mitchell" (2010)". Retrieved 2012-04-03.

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