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Norman Fell assumed the role of Stanley Roper on Three's Company and its spinoff, The Ropers.
|Birth name:||Norman Noah Feld|
|Born:||March 24, 1924|
|Birthplace:||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.|
|Died||December 14, 1998(aged 74) (cancer)|
|Deathplace:||Los Angeles, California, U.S.|
|Spouse(s):||Karen Weingard (1975-95)|
Diane Weiss (1961-73)
|Appeared on:||Three's Company and The Ropers|
|Character played:||Stanley Roper|
Norman Fell (March 24, 1924 – December 14, 1998), born Norman Noah Feld, appeared as Stanley Roper on Three's Company for the first three seasons of the series before getting his character, along with TV wife Helen, played by actress Audra Lindley spun off into the short-lived The Ropers series. A revered veteran actor of film and television, earned an Emmy Award for his role as the landlord on Three's Company in 1978.
Fell was born in South Philadelphia to a Jewish family, and attended Central High School of Philadelphia. He then studied drama at Temple University after serving as a tail gunner in the United States Army Air Forces during World War II. Later, Fell honed his craft at Actors Studio.
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 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, but not for Three's Company, but rather for his dramatic performance in the miniseries Rich Man, Poor Man, in which he played Nick Nolte's character's boxing trainer. His final television appearance was in a cameo as Mr. Roper on an episode of the sitcom Ellen in 1997.
Fell died of cancer in Los Angeles, California on December 14, 1998, and was interred there at the Mount Sinai Memorial Park Cemetery. He was 74 years old.
- ↑ 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.
- ↑ Profile for Norman Fell: Findagrave.com website. Retrieved on January 10, 2008.
- ↑ 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.
|John Ritter | Joyce DeWitt | Suzanne Somers | Jenilee Harrison | Priscilla Barnes | Norman Fell | Don Knotts | Richard Kline | Ann Wedgeworth|
|List of episodes | Behind the Camera|
|British TV/Spinoff shows:|
|Man About The House | George and Mildred | Robin's Nest | The Ropers | Three's A Crowd|