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May 27, 2004

Brian Stokes Mitchell Named President of The Actors' Fund Of America

The Board of Trustees of The Actors' Fund of America has elected Tony Award winning actor Brian Stokes Mitchell as the twelfth President of the organization. He succeeds Tom Dillon, who has held the position for 15 years and has been designated President Emeritus.

Brian Stokes Mitchell won the Tony in 2000 for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a musical for KISS ME, KATE, and has been nominated three other times, for RAGTIME (1998), KING HEDLEY II (2001), and MAN OF LA MANCHA (2003). He has extensive television credits (most recently recurring roles on "Frasier" and "Crossing Jordan" and has been a member of Actor's Equity since 1977.

"With over 25 years in the industry, Stokes (Mr.Mitchell) has a strong appreciation for the challenges of being an entertainment professional," states Joseph P. Benincasa, Executive Director of The Actors' Fund of America. "As we face the critical issues around health care and affordable housing in the entertainment industry, Stokes (Mr. Mitchell) will bring the vision and leadership that will move The Actors' Fund forward as we head into our 125th anniversary year."

Since becoming a Trustee of The Actors' Fund in 1998, Mr. Mitchell has lent his insight and interest to many aspects of The Actors' Fund's work, as well as participating in Special Performances and personal appearances in Actors' Fund events.

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