Billy J Mitchell (1942 - 1999) appeared on Coronation Street in August 1998 as an American Customer shopping in Firman's Freezers, who manager Curly Watts mistakenly thought was his new boss.

His other credits include roles in Space: 1999, Shoestring, Nancy Astor, Bergerac, Jeeves and Wooster, American Playhouse, The Famous Five and Kavanagh QC, while on stage he has appeared in productions of City of Angels and Allegro.

Prolific on the bigger screen, his list of films include Carry on England, Superman, Ragtime, Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi, The Lonely Lady, Never Say Never Again, Top Secret!, Rustlers' Rhapsody, Death Wish 3, Haunted Honeymoon, Bird, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Bullseye!, Malcolm X, GoldenEye, What Rats Won't Do and A Year and a Day.