Fantasy Island actors you may not know have died


The ’70s and’ 80s were a busy time for actor Cameron Mitchell, but he found time to make four appearances on episodes of “Fantasy Island”. He appeared as a resident of Fantasy Island in the second pilot film, “Return to Fantasy Island”, in 1978, and then made three appearances on the series, including “The Devil and Mr. Roarke / Ziegfield Girls / Kid Corey Rides “Season 5 Again”, which places him in a familiar role: a Wild West lawyer.

Mitchell rose to Broadway fame in “Death of a Salesman” and Studio A photos like “How to Marry a Millionaire” in the 1950s. He was then a staple of film and television westerns throughout his career, including the long series “High Chaparral” from 1967 to 1971. Financial problems forced Mitchell to work almost non-stop in the 1970s; in 1979, the year he appeared in “The Chain Gang / The Boss” season of 3, Mitchell was also featured in “Hawaii Five-O”, the forgotten television series “Matt and Jenny”, an Americanized version from an Italian horror film (“The Island of the Fishmen”), a Spanish Superhero Fantasy (“Supersonic Man”) and two coolers in the United States (“The Silent Scream” and “The Demon “).

This mix of low budget drive-in fare and TV appearances summed up Mitchell’s acting career until 1994 when he died of lung cancer at the age of 75. years. However, footage of him filmed between 1970 and 1974 was later included in the 2018 release of Orson Welles’ latest feature film, “The Other Side of the Wind”.


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