Thursday, April 17, 2014

Mitchell Jason Dead at 92

Mitchell Jason, who appeared onstage, in films and on TV, died in Doylestown, Penn., on March 11. He was 92.

Jason studied acting at the Lee Strasberg Theater Institute, acted in numerous Broadway and Off Broadway shows and appeared in many movies and TV shows. His most recent stage appearance was in the Tony Award-winning production of “Grand Hotel the Musical,” directed and choreographed by Tommy Tune. It ran on Broadway from 1989-92.

His film credits include Network and The Heartbreak Kid, and on TV he made appearances in Doing Life and Contract on Cherry Street and had a role on ABC soap opera Loving as Monsignor Fratellini in 1987.

Born in Philadelphia, Mitchell served in the Army during WWII. Following the war he earned his bachelor’s degree from Temple University under the GI Bill. He pursued a stage career in Pennsylvania initially before heading to New York City.

Jason is survived by a son and a daughter; two grandchildren; and one great grandchild.

Donations in his honor may be made to the Actors Fund.

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