I recently started watching Netflix's newest show "The Sandman" which is based on the comic book of the same name written by Neil Gaiman and published by DC Comics.

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The show stars Tom Surridge as Morpheus AKA Dream AKA Dream Lord AKA The King of Dreams AKA The Sandman (yeah, he goes by several names here). It also stars Boyd Holbrook, Gwendoline Christie, and Patton Oswalt in supporting roles.

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Also in a supporting role is an actor named John Cameron Mitchell. If that name sounds a little familiar to you, well that's probably because you might have seen him in other amazing things!

Mitchell was born in El Paso in 1963. Mitchell's father was a U.S. Army major general, so Mitchell was raised on a variety of other military bases in Kansas, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, and Germany.

He got his start in theater and went on to write one of the most popular rock musicals ever: "Hedwig and the Angry Inch", which was then turned into a film that was written, directed and starred Mitchell as Hedwig.

In "The Sandman", Mitchell plays Hal, the bed and breakfast owner in Florida who welcomes Rose Walker. Hal, a drag queen who has dreams of being a Broadway star, isn't a far cry from the actor who portrays him!

Most recently, Mitchell also starred as Joe Exotic in the Peacock original show "Joe vs. Carole" where Kate McKinnon portrayed Carole Baskin.

Peacock's "Joe vs Carole" Photo Call
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Some other things you might have seen Mitchell in include "Mozart in the Jungle" and "Girls". Despite Mitchell probably not having a typical El Paso upbringing, it's still pretty cool that this star was born in the Sun City!

It looks like Mitchell's career is only going to continue to get bigger! You can follow and see what Mitchell is up to these days on his Instagram.

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