Coleman (Chick) Mitchell, writer/producer/director, died Nov. 17 at St. Joseph’s Medical Center after a sudden illness. He was 48.
Mitchell began his career at WHNC-TV in New Haven and WOR-TV in New York where he worked as a writer, producer and director. He also was the executive producer of N.Y. Mets Baseball.
Moving to Los Angeles in 1974, Mitchell worked as a writer for MTM Enterprises sitcoms “Rhoda” and “The Bob Newhart Show.” He also was a writer and executive producer for Columbia Pictures Television, producing “Gimme a Break, “”Spencer,””Under One Roof,””Roomies” and “I Married Dora.”
Mitchell was the recipient of a Writers Guild of America Award and was nominated for a NAACP Image Award and a People’s Choice Award.
Mitchell is survived by his wife, writer-producer Gloria Carbone, son Rory and daughter Caitlin, his parents, a sister and a brother, Jeff Mitchell, a TV sports producer-director.
Viewing will be today at the Valley Funeral Home in Burbank. A Mass will be celebrated tomorrow 11:30 a.m. at St. Charles Borromeo Church, North Hollywood.
In lieu of flowers, family suggests donations to the Rory & Caitlin Mitchell Educational Fund Trust c/o the Law Office of Lynette Berg Robe, 12711 Ventura Blvd., Suite 450, Studio City 91604.