It’s more than just a television role for actor Daryl Mitchell…it’s real life! Mitchell acquired a spinal cord injury in 2001 after a motorcycle accident left him paralyzed from the chest down.
He plays a security analyst named Patton Plame on the new CBS show, “NCIS: New Orleans.” Mitchell has a device attached to his chair allowing him to carry around his tablet while maneuvering around in his chair.
From a casting perspective, I appreciate seeing the diversity of having a person with a true disability having a major role. It shows others with disabilities that they, too, can have careers ranging from acting to computer science.
Although the roles are becoming more accessible, Mitchell described how one award show venue is inaccessible. Mitchell noted that the Kodak Theater did not have adequate wheelchair seating.
Mitchell is married and has four children. He says humor has helped him cope with becoming a person with a disability. He says, “People associate the wheelchair with being a liability instead of an asset. So when you come in and let everybody know I am just as human as the next person – I drink, I have sex – then the wheelchair starts disappearing.”
Read more about Mitchell and how he lives a fulfilling life with a disability in New Mobility Magazine. You can catch the next episode of “NCIS: New Orleans” tonight at 9/8c on CBS.