Norman Fell

Norman Fell

Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 14 Dec 1998 (aged 74)
Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Plot Garden of Heritage, Columbarium of Tradition, Niche 1601A
Memorial ID 4250 · View Source
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Actor. He is best remembered for his role as the landlord 'Mr. Roper' on the ABC television sitcom "Three's Company," which aired from March 1977 to September 1984, and it's spinoff, "The Ropers," which ran for only one year. Born Norman Noah Feld to Jewish parents, he graduated from Central High School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He studied drama at Temple University in Philadelphia before joining the US Army Air Force during World War II where he served as a bomber aircraft tail gunner. After the war, he furthered his drama studies at the Actors Studio in Manhattan, New York City, New York. During his career, he appeared in 40 films as minor characters, most notably "Inherit the Wind" (1960), "Ocean's 11" (1960), "PT 109" (1963), "It a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World" (1963), "The Killers" (1964), "The Graduate" (1967), "Sergeant Ryker" (1968), "The Secret War of Harry Frigg" (1968), "Bullitt" (1968), "Catch-22" (1970), "Charley Varrick" (1973, "Airport 1975" (1974), "The End" (1978), "For the Boys" (1991), and "The Naked Truth" (1992). From 1961 to 1962 he portrayed 'Detective Meyer Meyer' in the NBC television series "87th Precinct." In 1977 he was cast as the hardnosed landlord 'Stanley Roper' on the ABC hit television sitcom "Three's Company." The character and his wife, 'Helen Roper' (played by actress Audra Lindley), were spun off to their own show "The Ropers," which was not a success. In 1979 he received a Golden Globe Award, for Best TV Actor in a Supporting Role, for "Three's Company." He was also nominated for an Emmy Award for his dramatic performance in the ABC television miniseries "Rich Man, Poor Man" (1976) in which he played the boxing trainer to 'Tom Jordache' (played by actor Nick Nolte). He made numerous guest appearances on episodes of various television shows throughout his career. His final television appearance was in a cameo as 'Mr. Roper' on an episode of the sitcom "Ellen" in 1997. He was twice married, first to Diane Weiss from 1961 until 1973 and then to Karen Weingard from 1975 until 1995. He died of cancer at the age of 74.

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