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Melvin Belli

  • Birth 29 Jul 1907 Sonora, Tuolumne County, California, USA
  • Death 9 Jul 1996 San Francisco, San Francisco County, California, USA
  • Burial Sonora, Tuolumne County, California, USA
  • Memorial ID 25071073

Attorney. A native of Sonora, California, Belli graduated from the University of California Berkeley in 1929 and received his law degree from the Boalt Hall School of Law in 1933. Establishing his practice in San Francisco, he quickly made a name for himself as an expert in personal injury cases. His many successes in such cases ultimately led Life Magazine to name him "the King of Torts" in 1954. Also known as the "Father of Demonstrative Evidence" due to his often flamboyant performances and demonstrations in the courtroom, he often appeared in the news representing famous clients, including Errol Flynn, Mae West, Zsa Zsa Gabor, the Rolling Stones, and Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker. His most famous client came in 1964 when he was hired to defend Jack Ruby against the charges of murdering Lee Harvey Oswald. While making several television and movie appearances during his life, as an actor he is best remembered for his role as the alien Gorgan in the 1968 Star Trek episode "And the Children Shall Lead." In addition, he also wrote numerous books on law and published his autobiography in 1976 entitled "My Life on Trial."

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The King of Torts
Wife-Nancy No Belli
He Was Declared:
The Most Important Lawyer Of The 20th
Century for Victims Rights
A Living Legend
An American Folk Hero.
Buccaneer Of The Bar. Master Of
Father Of Demonstrative Evidence.
The King Of Torts





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  • Find A Grave Memorial 25071073
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Melvin Belli (29 Jul 1907–9 Jul 1996), Find A Grave Memorial no. 25071073, citing Sonora Odd Fellows Cemetery, Sonora, Tuolumne County, California, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .