Sad news coming out of Hollywood that veteran actor, producer and PR exec Mickey Cottrell has died at the age of 79, confirmed by his sister, Suzy Cottrell-Smith, who mentioned that her brother has suffered from Parkinson’s disease in recent years.
His sister remembered her brother on Facebook, saying, “My adorable, fun, critical, foodie, particular, brilliant, loving brother passed on to the next life early on New Year’s Day. He was smiling when he died. Mickey Cottrell will be missed by many.”
Cottrell was born in Springfield, Illinois on Nov. 4, 1944 before moving with his family to Little Rock, Arkansas, growing up there and attending the University of Arkansas. Cottrell spent over 30 years working in the film business, co-owning a number of PR fims, most recently Inclusive PR, working on a number of smaller indie films and docs.
Cottrell also had history as an actor, including roles in Gus Van Sant’s My Own Private Idaho, Tim Burton’s Ed Wood, Paper Hearts, Apt Pupil, as well as John Cameron Mitchell’s Shortbus, and both Star Trek:The Next Generation and Star Trek: Voyager.
Cottrell also produced indie films, including Perfect Cowboy in 2014.
Cottrell is survived by his two sisters, Suzy and Gigi, his nephew Jeremy Allen and great-nephew Gregory Allen.
In lieu of flowers, the family has rquested that donations go to the Motion Picture & Television Fund, of which Cottrell was a member.