Norman Fell

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Norman Fell
Norman Fell 1970.jpg
Fell in 1970
BornNorman Noah Feld
(1924-03-24)March 24, 1924
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
DiedDecember 14, 1998(1998-12-14) (aged 74)
Los Angeles, California
Cause of death
Cancer
Resting place
Mount Sinai Memorial Park Cemetery
in Los Angeles
ResidenceLos Angeles, California
NationalityAmerican
Other namesNorman N. Fell
EducationCentral High School of Philadelphia
Alma materTemple University
OccupationActor
Years active1955–98
Home townPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania
TelevisionThree's Company,
The Ropers
Spouse(s)? (2 children)
Diane Weiss (1961-1973; divorced)
Karen Weingard (1975-1995; divorced)
 
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Norman Fell
Norman Fell 1970.jpg
Fell in 1970
BornNorman Noah Feld
(1924-03-24)March 24, 1924
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
DiedDecember 14, 1998(1998-12-14) (aged 74)
Los Angeles, California
Cause of death
Cancer
Resting place
Mount Sinai Memorial Park Cemetery
in Los Angeles
ResidenceLos Angeles, California
NationalityAmerican
Other namesNorman N. Fell
EducationCentral High School of Philadelphia
Alma materTemple University
OccupationActor
Years active1955–98
Home townPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania
TelevisionThree's Company,
The Ropers
Spouse(s)? (2 children)
Diane Weiss (1961-1973; divorced)
Karen Weingard (1975-1995; divorced)

Norman Fell[1] (March 24, 1924 – December 14, 1998), born Norman Noah Feld, was an American actor of film and television, most famous for his role as landlord Mr. Roper on the sitcom Three's Company and its spin-off, The Ropers.

Early life[edit]

Fell was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to a Jewish family, and went to Central High School of Philadelphia. In college he studied drama at Temple University after serving as a tail gunner in the United States Army Air Forces during World War II.[2] Later, Fell honed his craft at The Actors Studio.[3]

Career[edit]

Although Fell is best known for his television work, he also played minor character roles in several motion pictures, including the original Ocean's 11, It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, PT 109, The Graduate, Bullitt, and Catch-22 as Sergeant Towser. He appeared alongside Ronald Reagan in Reagan's last film, The Killers.

From 1961-1962 he portrayed Meyer Meyer in the TV series Ed McBain's 87th Precinct.

From 1977-1979 he portrayed the main characters' hardnosed landlord Stanley Roper on the hit TV comedy Three's Company. He continued to play the character as the co-lead with Audra Lindley as his wife Helen on The Ropers, a spin-off which lasted a year in a less favorable time slot.

He received his Golden Globe Award in 1979, for Best TV Actor in a Supporting Role, for Three's Company. He was also nominated for an Emmy Award, not for Three's Company, but rather for his dramatic performance in the miniseries Rich Man, Poor Man, in which he played the boxing trainer to Tom Jordache (Nick Nolte). His final television appearance was in a cameo as Mr. Roper on an episode of the sitcom Ellen in 1997.

Death[edit]

Fell died of cancer in Los Angeles on December 14, 1998, and was interred there at the Mount Sinai Memorial Park Cemetery. He was 74 years old.

Filmography[edit]

YearTitleRoleOther notes
1957The ViolatorsRay
1959Pork Chop HillSgt. Coleman
1960Inherit the WindWGN Radio Technician
The Rat RaceTelephone Repairman
Ocean's 11Peter Rheimer
1963PT 109Edmund Drewitch
It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad WorldDetective
1964The KillersMickey Farmer
Quick, Before it MeltsGeorge Snell
1967The Young WarriorsSergeant Wadley
FitzwillyOberblatz
The GraduateMr. McCleery
1968Sergeant RykerSgt. Max Winkler
The Secret War of Harry FriggCapt. Stanley
The Young RunawaysMr. Donford
BullittCaptain Baker
1969If It's Tuesday, This Must Be BelgiumHarve Blakely
1970Catch-22First Sgt. Towser
The BoatniksMax
1973The Stone KillerLt. Les Daniels Captain of Detectives LAPD
Charley VarrickMr. Garfinkle
1974Airport 1975Bill
1975Cleopatra Jones and the Casino of GoldStanley Nagel
1976Guardian of the Wilderness
1977The Life And Times Of Grizzly Adams- The Redemption of BenMitch Morgan
1978Rabbit TestSegoynia's Father
The EndDr. Samuel Krugman
1981On the Right TrackThe Mayor
Heartbreak HighJack McGuire
PaternityLarry
1985Transylvania 6-5000Mac Turner
1989C.H.U.D. II: Bud the C.H.U.D.Tyler
1990You're Driving Me CrazyDoctor 'F'
1991The BoneyardShepardDirect-to-Video Release
With Friends Like These...NarratorDirect-to-Video Release
For the BoysSam Schiff
1992The Naked TruthThe Dentist
1993HexedHerschel Levine
1995Beach House
1996The Destiny of Marty FineDaryl

Television[edit]

YearTitleRoleOther notes
1997EllenMr. RoperEpisode: Roommates
1995Family Reunion: A Relative NightmareGrandpa Joe DooleyTV-Movie
1994The Fresh Prince of Bel-AirThe LandlordEpisode: What's Will Got to Do With It?
1993Flying BlindEmployer #2Episode: Panic in Neil's Park
1990Good GriefSlezarEpisode: The Good, the Bad and the Mariachis
1989The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!Fred Van Winkle
Ted Bull
Episode: Fred Van Winkle
Episode: Texas Tea
HoopermanPete Cosgrove, VentriloquistEpisode: Dog Day Afternoon, Morning and Night
The BoysDave
1985, 1988Murder, She WroteVince Shackman
Lt. Rupp
Episode: Dead Heat
Episode: Just Another Fish Story
1987Sledge Hammer!Episode: They Call Me Mr. Trunk
Out of This WorldDr. HauserEpisode: The Nightmare
MatlockDr. Norman RadburnEpisode: The Doctors
Magnum, P.I.David AlbertsonEpisode: Solo Flight
1985, 1986Crazy Like a FoxEpisode: Some Day My Prints Will Come
Episode: A Fox at the Races
1986The New Twilight ZoneEddie O'HaraEpisode: The Convict's Piano
WebsterCharlieEpisode: Almost Home
1985Simon & SimonLeo NyquistEpisode: Facets
1984The Jesse Owens StoryMarty ForkinsTV-Movie
1983Uncommon ValorGarvinTV-Movie
1982Matt HoustonHermanEpisode: Joey's Here
Teachers OnlyBen Cooper
1976–1981Three's CompanyStanley RoperGolden Globe Award (won)
1979–1980The RopersStanley Roper
1980For the Love of ItHallTV-Movie
This Year's BlondePat ToledoTV-Movie
Getting ThereJimTV-Movie
1979Roots: The Next GenerationsBernie RaymondMini-Series
1978The Love BoatMr. McCoy, Julie's FatherEpisode: Julie's Dilemma/Who's Who/Rocky
1974, 1977Police StorySgt. Dell
Lieutenant Alfred Thornwood
Episode: Wolf
Episode: One of Our Cops is Crazy
1977Charlie's AngelsSammyEpisode: Angels in Paradise
The Life and Times of Grizzly AdamsEpisode: The Redemption of Ben
1976Executive SuiteBernieEpisode: Re-The Sounds of Silence
SwitchEpisode: Gaffing the Skim
Richie Brockelman: The Missing 24 HoursMr. BrockelmanTV-Movie
The Streets of San FranciscoJurorEpisode: The Thrill Killers (1)
Episode: The Thrill Killers (2)
The Bionic WomanMilt BigelowEpisode: In This Corner, Jaime Sommers
RiskoMaxUnsold TV-Pilot
Ellery QueenErrol KeyesEpisode: The Adventure of the Tyrant of Tin Pan Alley
Rich Man, Poor ManSmittyMini-Series
Emmy Award (nominated)
1975Starsky and HutchSammy GrovnerEpisode: Shootout
CannonPolice LieutenantEpisode: The Games Children Play
RhodaDr. Henry GerberEpisode: Chest Pains
Episode: Ida's Doctor
Lucas TannerAbe LydeckerEpisode: The Noise of a Quiet Weekend
McMillan & WifeAllan KovacsEpisode: Love, Honor and Swindle
Death StalkFrank CodyTV-Movie
1974Thursday's GameMelvin LeonardTV-Movie
Medical CenterFrankEpisode: The World's Balloon
1973GriffEpisode: Hammerlock
Needles and PinsNathan Davidson
Going PlacesMr. ShawTV-Movie
Marcus Welby, M.D.Episode: Catch a Ring That Isn't There
1969, 1972Love, American StyleSegment: Love and the Good Deal
Segment: Love and the Clinic
1972McCloudLt. Ed FeldmanEpisode: The Park Avenue Rustlers
The HeistPat DillonTV-Movie
O'Hara, U.S. TreasuryLeo WalshEpisode: Operation - Smokescreen
1970–1971Dan AugustSgt. Charles Wilentz
1971The Partridge FamilyMr. BrunerEpisode: The Undergraduate
1970Double JeopardySgt. Charles WilentzTV-Movie
1967, 1969IronsideCapt. Lauren
Lt. Haines
Episode: An Inside Job
Episode: Seeing Is Believing
1965, 1968, 1969The F.B.I.Ted Cullinan
Ken Haney
Victor Green
Episode: All the Streets Are Silent
Episode: The Mercenary
Episode: The Catalyst
1969Three's a CrowdNorman, the Elevator OperatorTV-Movie
The Name of the GameWinston PolkEpisode: A Hard Case of the Blues
1968Judd, for the DefenseHarry GreenEpisode: The Sound of the Plastic Axe
That GirlBernieEpisode: Sixty-Five on the Aisle
1967MannixDaniel BrewerEpisode: Coffin for a Clown
I SpyKarinEpisode: The Medarra Block
GhostbreakersLt. P.J. HartunainTV Pilot
The InvadersNeal TaftEpisode: The Betrayed
1964, 1966Twelve O'Clock HighLt. CanelloEpisode: An Act of War
Episode: The All-American
1966BewitchedDr. FreudEpisode: I'd Rather Twitch Than Fight
Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler TheatreEddie CarrEpisode: Dear Deductible
A Man Called ShenandoahCapt. Arnold DudleyEpisode: Muted Fifes, Muffled Drums
The Man from U.N.C.L.E.Mark SlateEpisode: The Moonglow Affair
The Wild Wild WestJeremiah RatchEpisode: The Night of the Whirring Death
1964, 1965Ben CaseyArnold Halbert
Manny Berger
Episode: I'll Get on My Ice Floe and Wave Goodbye
Episode: Where Does the Boomerang Go?
1965The FugitiveLt. Germak
Lt. Green
Episode: May God Have Mercy
Episode: Stranger in the Mirror
Dr. KildareDr. Keith Myers
Arnold Vitnack
The Trials of O'BrienMickey the MiserEpisode: How Do You Get to Carnegie Hall?
Mr. NovakBarney SandersEpisode: And Then I Wrote...
1964The Hanged ManGaylord GrebbTV-Movie
The DefendersGeorge CappEpisode: Moment of Truth
1963The Alfred Hitchcock HourAl NormanEpisode: The Dividing Wall
East Side/West SideEddie BestEpisode: Not Bad for Openers
Kraft Suspense TheatreSgt. Max WinklerEpisode: The Case Against Paul Ryker (1)
Episode: The Case Against Paul Ryker (2)
The Dick Powell ShowDr. Joseph GreerEpisode: The Last of the Big Spenders
The Lloyd Bridges ShowEpisode: Gym in January
Episode: Sheridan Square
The Eleventh HourLionelEpisode: Five Moments Out of Time
1961, 196287th PrecinctDet. Meyer MeyerEpisode: The Floater
Episode: Man in a Jam
1962Sam BenedictAlex McConnellEpisode: Where There's a Will
1961Cain's HundredDriscollEpisode: Cain's Final Judgement
CheckmateShep StrykerEpisode: Hot Wind in a Cold Town
The Many Loves of Dobie GillisColeEpisode: Be It Ever So Humble
The AquanautsOliver PappasEpisode: The Rainbow Adventure
Peter GunnDanny BarberEpisode: A Kill and a Half
The Tab Hunter ShowEmory FarnsworthEpisode: Me and My Shadow
The Law and Mr. JonesFred CookEpisode: Lethal Weapons
1960The Tom Ewell ShowEpisode: Salesmanship Lesson
The UntouchablesReinerEpisode: The Rusty Heller Story
Perry MasonCaspar PedleyEpisode: The Case of the Mythical Monkeys
Johnny StaccatoBill LentzEpisode: The Man in the Pit
1959Hallmark Hall of FameWint SelbyEpisode: Ah, Wilderness!
1956The United States Steel HourDetectiveEpisode: Hunted
Playwrights '56Nick ZervasEpisode: Nick and Letty
Star TonightSharpEpisode: Faith and Patience
The Alcoa HourMarvieEpisode: Finkle's Comet
1955Joe & MabelMike
1954The Elgin HourMortonEpisode: Hearts and Hollywood
Westinghouse Studio OneJuror #1Episode: Twelve Angry Men
The Philco Television PlayhouseEpisode: Miss Look-Alike
Goodyear Television PlayhouseEpisode: The Huntress

References[edit]

  1. ^ Full name, a .JPG image of a memorial for Norman Noah Fell 1924-1998: AmazonAWS imagestore for Findagrave.com website. Retrieved on January 10, 2008.
  2. ^ Profile for Norman Fell: Findagrave.com website. Retrieved on January 10, 2008.
  3. ^ Garfield, David (1980). "Appendix: Life Members of The Actors Studio as of January 1980". A Player's Place: The Story of The Actors Studio. New York: MacMillan Publishing Co., Inc. p. 278. ISBN 0-02-542650-8. 

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