John Larroquette Show
A rapper-turned-actor, Daryl Mitchell, often credited as Daryl “Chill” Mitchell, is probably best known for his roles as lunch counter operator Dexter Walker on NBC’s sitcom “The John Larroquette Show” (1993-1996), in which he earned an Image nomination, and as hurried marketing executive Leo on the Kirstie Alley sitcom “Veronica’s Closet” (1997-2000). More recently, he portrayed a season regular Eli Goggins on the popular NBC series “Ed” (2002-2003).
On the silver screen, Mitchell kicked off his career as part of Groove B. Chill in 1990’s House Party, and its 1991 installment. Since then, he has played supporting roles in many movies, including Steve Martin’s Sgt. Bilko (1996), 10 Things I Hate About You (1999), Galaxy Quest (1999), Martin Laurence’s A Thin Line Between Love & Hate (1996) and Black Knight (2001), as well as the Spike Lee-directed Inside Man (2006).
Off screen, The Bronx, NY native Mitchell got into a motorcycle accident in 2001 while visiting relatives in South Carolina. He was paralyzed from the waist down. A humanitarian, he formed the Daryl Mitchell Foundation to raise consciousness of spinal cord injuries and is the Minority Outreach spokesperson of the Christopher Reeve Foundation.
2nd of 12
Childhood and Family:
Born on July 16, 1965 in The Bronx, New York, Daryl Mitchell was raised on Long Island by parent, a Queens, NY bus driver. He is the second of twelve siblings. Four are his full siblings (from his mother and father) and eight are halves (from his dad and other relationships). Daryl is married and has four children.
Before acting, Daryl Mitchell came to the attention of public as part of a three-man Hip Hop group from the 80’s, Groove B. Chill. The group began their partnership with the Hudlin Brothers when they made the video to promote their debut album, Starting from Zero. This led to their first movie in 1990’s House Party, where Reginald Hudlin served as writer and director, and its 1991 sequel, House Party 2. Discovering the experience chiefly pleasurable, Mitchell decided to more concentrate on his acting career, and in the following year, he could be seen in the Eddie Murphy film Boomerang, as a street photographer, and in the short-lived television comedy series “Here and Now” (1992-1993), playing regular role T, opposite Malcolm-Jamal Warner.
Moving on to a more important role, Mitchell was cast opposite rapper Kayam in director Steve Gomer’s Fly By Night (1993), a drama which won the Filmmaker’s Trophy at the Sundance Film Festival. However, it was on the small screen that Mitchell’s acting career blossomed. Following an appearance in the miniseries “Queen” (1993), he got his major break as lunch counter operator Dexter Walker on the NBC sitcom “The John Larroquette Show” (1993-1996). For his brilliant effort, Mitchell was nominated an Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in 1996.
Mitchell went on to pursue his film career with supporting roles in the comedy White Lies (1996), the Steve Martin vehicle Sgt. Bilko (1996, as by-the-book private Wally Holbrook) for director Jonathan Lynn, Martin Lawrence’s A Thin Line Between Love & Hate (1996), Quiet Days in Hollywood (1997, starred Hilary Swank), Home Fries (1998, starred Drew Barrymore and Luke Wilson), the Heath Ledger-Julia Stiles romance 10 Things I Hate About You (1999), director Dean Parisot’s adventure Galaxy Quest (1999, opposite Tim Allen and Sigourney Weaver) and the comedy Lucky Numbers (2000, with John Travolta and Lisa Kudrow).
Meanwhile, after “The John Larroquette Show” came to an end, Mitchell also made several television films, including the HBO biopic Rebound: The Legend of Earl ‘The Goat’ Manigault (1996), as a basketball player (and later coach) Dean ‘The Dream’ Memminger, and Toothless (1997, with Kirstie Alley). From 1997-2000, he portrayed Leo, the harassed marketing executive with a desire to design, on the NBC popular sitcom “Veronica’s Closet,” starring Alley.
Returning to filmmaking after the diminish of “Veronica’s Closet,” Mitchell reunited with Martin Laurence for the adventure/comedy Black Knight (2001), costarred as Lenny in the comedy 13 Moons (2002) and appeared as Officer Hamm in Disney family film The Country Bears (2002). He resurfaced on the small screen to play a season regular Eli Goggins, a bowling alley manager, on the hit NBC comedy “Ed” (2002-2003), starring Thomas Cavanagh. He went on to appear on episodes of “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” (2004) and “Eve” (2005). His most recent film is the Spike Lee-directed Inside Man (2006), appearing as Mobile Command Officer Rourke. The crime/thriller stars Denzel Washington, Clive Owen, Jodie Foster and Christopher Plummer.