(John) Mitch Kellaway


Place of birth

Edge City (possibly)


Detective lieutenant


Peter Riegert (The Mask (film)
Neil Ross (The Mask: The Animated Series)

First appearance

The Mask

Lieutenant (John) Mitch Kellaway is a detective lieutenant and one of the main protagonists from The Mask (Comic) in 1991 and is a supporting character in The Mask in 1994. He is played by the American actor Peter Riegert and voiced by Neil Ross in The Mask: The Animated Series.

History[edit | edit source]

Comics[edit | edit source]

Lt. Kellaway, a hard nosed cop with an attitude and a pretty messy history with The Mask. After becoming Big Head himself and killing quite a few high-end mobsters, he got the attention of Walter...and it all kinda went downhill from there.

The Mask[edit | edit source]

After Kathy had killed Stanley Ipkiss, she decided to take The Mask to Kellaway for safekeeping.

Believing she was not of sound mind, Kellaway tried the mask on as a joke...and became the second Big Head. Kellaway as Big-Head decided to try to take down all of the big crime lords that had made his career, shall we say, difficult.

After a while Big Heads methods got rather brutal and thus Walter, a giant of a man took a vendetta out against Big Head for killing his former employers.

Because of all the "shenanigans" and "going on's" the police start a hunt for the green headed killer, during the inevitable fight between Big-Head and the police Kellaway almost kills his partner. Realizing what he did, he fled the scene and buried The Mask in cement in his basement.

The Mask Returns[edit | edit source]

Kellaway is the target of the crime lords he previously hassled, he makes his way to the basement but is shot and put into a coma.

The Mask Strikes Back[edit | edit source]

Kellaway comes back in "The Mask Strikes Back" and manages to find the four teenagers who are taking turns being Big-Head. He then tracks down Archie and Walter, but loses the mask after Walter gets frustrated when it doesn't work for him and throws it a long way into the distance.

Batman and The Mask Crossover[edit | edit source]

After the Mask shows up in Gotham, he is called in to help. He attempts to persuade Joker to give up the Mask, but fails. After removing the Mask from the Joker and having it handed over to him by Batman, Kellaway returns to Edge City to the grave of the original Big Head, Stanley Ipkiss, where he puts it beside the corpse of the man, telling both to rest in peace with utter sincerity.

The Animated Series[edit | edit source]

Lt. Kellaway in the Animated Series, with his dimwitted partner Doyle, constantly tries to prove the Mask is Stanley Ipkiss, one and the same, but often fails, always becoming a frequent victim of the Mask's atomic wedgies due to him constantly hunting him and accusing him as a menace to Edge City. According to himself, he has to change three new pairs of underwear a week and often lamenting that underwear is not cheap. He often fails in capturing the Mask unlike the original movie who succeeded once in proving that Ipkiss is the Mask. He's cynical, paranoid and overzealous in believing that every big crime and disaster is caused by the Mask (while most of the time it isn't) and that he's linked to other criminals and villains. His appearance is drastically changed from the original movie where he was portrayed as a short, middle-aged man, whereas in the series, he appears taller and younger like his original comic counterpart. When he found out in both the film and animated series that the Mask was having a affair with his wife Margaret, it infuriated him even more.

Appearances[edit | edit source]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Unlike the comics, Kellaway never wore the mask in either the film or animated series.
  • He is revealed to be a fan of Tony Bennett in "Flight as a feather".
  • While his animosity towards The Mask was understandable in the comics, his movie/cartoon counterpart still hates The Mask, despite being being proven to be a hero. One of the reasons he hates The Mask is because he is always giving him and Doyle wedgies (he has to buy three new pairs a week due to this) and he finds his antics to be infuriating. Another possible reason for his grudge may be because he suspects that The Mask had/is having an affair with his wife Margaret. It's never confirmed if The Mask WAS doing that or if he was just messing with his mind.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

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