Remembering Mickey Cottrell: A Tribute to a Legendary Actor and Producer

News - 3 January 2024
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of actor and producer Mickey Cottrell, who has died at the age of 79 in a care center in Los Angeles. His family confirmed this unfortunate news to Deadline. Born in 1944, Mickey Cottrell was a well-known figure in the entertainment industry, known for his talent and contributions both in front of and behind the camera.

nnThroughout his career, Cottrell was involved in various films and television series, leaving a lasting impact on those who worked with him and audiences who enjoyed his performances. One of his notable works includes the 2014 film 'Perfect Cowboy', where he served as a producer. Additionally, he appeared in acclaimed films such as 'Shortbus', 'My Own Private Idaho', 'Paper Hearts', and 'Ed Wood'.

nn'My Own Private Idaho' holds a special place in Cottrell's career, as he not only starred in the film but also played a significant role in shaping the dialogue. His sister revealed that he contributed substantially to the script, showcasing his talent as a writer as well. Starring alongside Keanu Reeves and the late River Phoenix, Cottrell's performance in the film earned him praise from critics and audiences alike.

nnIn addition to his work in films, Cottrell also made appearances in popular television series, including 'Star Trek: The Next Generation' and 'Star Trek: Voyager'. He took on guest roles in both series, showcasing his versatility as an actor and leaving a memorable impression on viewers.nnIn 2016, Cottrell suffered a stroke that led him to seek care with his sister in Arkansas.

Despite facing health challenges, he continued to pursue his passion for acting and producing, ultimately returning to Los Angeles in 2019. However, his battle with Parkinson's disease eventually led to his passing at the age of 79.nnThe entertainment industry mourns the loss of Mickey Cottrell, a talented individual whose contributions will always be remembered.

His work both on and off the screen has left a lasting legacy, inspiring future generations of actors and filmmakers to follow in his footsteps. Mickey Cottrell may have left us, but his spirit and talent will live on through his body of work.