Scoey Mitchell: Pioneering Comedian And ‘Barefoot In The Park’ Star Dies At 92

Legendary actor, Scoey Mitchell, who acted in Barefoot in the Park died, 92.

Scoey’s brother who is a jazz pianist broke this news to the internet via Hollywood reporter. He mentioned that Scoey was suffering from kidney failure which caused his death. Mitchell was a pioneering comedian and pioneer for Black performers.

As per the Hollywood reporter,

Mitchell began his career as a stand-up comedian and performer, starring on several shows such as The Ed Sullivan Show, The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour (which featured a skit in which Tommy Smothers and Mitchell kissed each other, challenging racial barriers), and What’s It All About, World?.

Mitchell also acted in Neil Simon’s Barefoot in the Park

He was opposite Tracy Reed in this series. It was based on Broadway play and the 1967 film starring Robert Redford and Jane Fonda. This sitcom also was the first one to have the most black cast. t also showed Black characters beyond stereotypes, unlike Amos ‘n’ Andy.

Actor Scoey Mitchell poses for a portrait in circa 1968. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

The series was very short-lived and only lasted 12 episodes, but was one of its kind.

Another classic Mitchell did includes ‘Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life is Calling.’

He also acted as the host of his own variety special in 1972 as well as appearing on various game shows, sketch comedy shows, and popular sitcoms including Match Game, Tattletales, Hollywood Squares, The Carol Burnett Show, That Girl and others.