Mitch Vogel is an American former child actor, best known for his performance in the popular western television series ‘Bonanza’ and films ‘The Reivers’ and ‘Yours, Mine and Ours.’ Mitch began acting at the age of 10. He performed in stage productions, including in ‘The Wizard of Oz’ and ‘Peter Pan.’ His big-screen debut happened with the American family comedy film ‘Yours, Mine and Ours,’ which was a huge commercial success. His film career reached its peak when he played the supporting role of ‘Lucius McCaslin’ in the film ‘The Reivers.’ The role fetched him a ‘Golden Globe’ nomination. One of his most memorable roles was that of the red-headed orphan, ‘Jamie Hunter-Cartwright,’ in the TV series ‘Bonanza.’ Mitch’s other notable onscreen endeavors include lead roles in the Walt Disney's ‘Wonderful World of Color’ films, ‘The Boy from Dead Man's Bayou’ and ‘Menace on the Mountain’; and TV films ‘State Fair’ and ‘Born Innocent.’ After quitting showbiz in the late 1970s, Mitch formed a rock band. He presently directs and features in church plays and sings in a band.
Childhood & Early Life
Mitch Vogel was born Mitchel L Vogel on January 17, 1956, in Alhambra, California, US. From 1969 to 1970, he studied at the ‘Heinz Kaiser Junior High School’ in Costa Mesa, California. He later studied at ‘Jordan Jr. High School’ in Burbank, California.
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Mitch commenced his career in acting at the age of 10. This performed in several plays, including in stage productions of ‘The Wizard of Oz,’ ‘Tom Sawyer,’ ‘Peter Pan,’ and ‘Heidi.’
At the age of 12, he made his feature film debut in the 1968 family comedy ‘Yours, Mine and Ours,’ which became a massive commercial success. He played the role of ‘Tommy.’
He gained the spotlight playing the supporting role of ‘Lucius McCaslin’ in the 1969 film ‘The Reivers.’ His remarkable performance in the film fetched Mitch a ‘Golden Globe’ award nomination for ‘Best Supporting Actor,’ in 1969.
In 1968, he appeared in a single episode ‘The Real People of Muddy Creek’ of the western television series ‘Bonanza.’ A couple of years later, he appeared in the role of the red-headed adolescent orphan, ‘Jamie Hunter-Cartwright,’ in the series.
Mitch was first introduced in ‘Bonanza’ as ‘Jamie Hunter’ in an episode ‘A Matter of Faith’ of season 12. Mitch gained widespread recognition playing Jamie in the series; he appeared in 47 episodes from season 12 to season 14.
He appeared in the Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color films, ‘Menace on the Mountain’ and ‘The Boy from Dead Man's Bayou.’
He featured as ‘Tom Parker’ in the made-for-television drama film ‘Born Innocent.’ The film dealt with physical, sexual, and psychological abuse of a teenage girl, and gained much publicity and controversy; it emerged as the highest-rated television movie of the year in the US.
From 1974 to 1975, he played the recurring role of ‘Johnny Johnson’ in the western drama television series ‘Little House on the Prairie.’ He starred in the 10th episode, ‘The Outsider,’ of the American live-action superhero television series ‘The Secrets of Isis.’ He essayed the starring role of ‘Wayne Bryant’ in the 1976 television movie ‘State Fair.’
Mitch also guest-featured in many other western television series. Some of them are ‘Dundee and the Culhane,’ ‘Gunsmoke,’ ‘Here Come the Brides,’ and ‘The Virginian.’
Life Post Showbiz Career
Mitch left show business in 1978 and started leading a life away from the stardom. He came up with a rock band and relocated to Pittsburgh.
He married Christine Gilles in 1985. Together they have two daughters. He presently lives with his family in the Southern California area. He sings in a bandand also directs and features in church plays.
He returned to the locations of ‘Bonanza,’ in 2002 for the Travel Channel’s ‘TV Road Trip.’ He appeared in a ‘Bonanza Gold’ magazine interview in 2004 and took part in Bonanza Convention the following year. He also participated in the 2010 Bonanza Weekend in Liverpool, England. He elucidated the way he was cast in ‘Bonanza’ in an interview published online on January 19, 2017.