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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 24 March 1924Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Date of Death 14 December 1998Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA  (bone marrow cancer)
Birth NameNorman Noah Feld
Height 5' 9" (1.75 m)

Mini Bio (2)

Norman Fell was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1924. He graduated from Temple University with a bachelor's degree in drama. During World War II, he was an Air Force tail gunner in the Pacific. After the war, he studied acting and obtained small parts in television and on stage. His first regular TV appearance was in the comedy series Joe & Mabel (1956). His best known TV role was that of Stanley Roper, the landlord in the very popular Three's Company (1976), which debuted in 1977, and its short lived spin-off, The Ropers (1979).

Norman Fell died at the Motion Picture and Television Fund's retirement home in Woodland Hills CA, aged 74, survived by two daughters.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

Born in 1924, Norman Fell studied acting in New York City. He moved to Hollywood in 1958, appeared in four television series and more than 20 made-for-TV movies, but he was best known as Mr. Roper on the hit series Three's Company (1976) - a role that won him a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor. Diagnosed with cancer, Norman Fell was 74 when he died on December 13, 1998.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Anonymous

Spouse (3)

Karen Weingard (12 October 1975 - 1995) (divorced) (1 child)
Diane Weiss (21 May 1961 - 1973) (divorced) (2 children)
Dolores Pikoos (1951 - 1954) (divorced)

Trivia (8)

He and Karen adopted a baby boy, Kasey, who was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at 5 months.
Inurned at Mount Sinai Memorial Park, Los Angeles, California - Garden of Heritage, Columbarium of Tradition, Niche 1601A
1946 graduate of Temple University.
Studied acting with Stella Adler.
Was believed to have had a long, bitter and acrimonious feud with actor Jack Klugman that lasted over 40 years. However, it was later revealed that the feud was a hoax and the two actors were actually friends who grew up in the Philadelphia area.
Credited with two kills over Japanese fighters while serving as a gunner on B-24 "Liberator" bomber aircraft in the Fifth Air Force (Pacific Theater) during WWII.
First wife was his college sweetheart.
Had two daughters, Tracy and Mara, with his second wife.

Personal Quotes (10)

[interview in Prevu magazine, #13, 4/88] This hook nose and crab meister attitude has gotten me every job I've ever had. And more divorces than I care to remember.
I enjoyed acting and marveled that one could get paid for doing it.
They made a Mr. Roper doll. It looked nothing like me. Some people said it was too ugly, some people said it was too good looking.
If I could do it all over again, I'd be the mailman. I love housewives and I hate dogs. What more is there?
I liked [Dean Martin] and [Sammy Davis Jr.] and [Frank Sinatra]. They were great. [Joey Bishop] and [Peter Lawford] were creeps. Bishop kept looking at me funny when I changed. Don't get me started on Lawford.
[on rival Jack Klugman] What has he got that I haven't got? What did he do differently? I could have killed as Oscar. I would have been great as Quincy. I wouldn't have been so hammy. Klugman overacted every scene. You want the show to be good, pick me. You want a chain-smoking jackass who ruins any credibility for your project, I'll give you Klugman's number.
I've been in Hollywood for over 40 years. I've worked on over 100 shows and movies. But I'm famous for being a homophobic, perverted, leering, dirty old man who peeps on young girls and verbally abuses his wife. When I die, they're going to say "Mr. Roper died." They won't even use my real name.
When I tell people the movies I did, they don't believe me. I tell them I did Ocean's 11 (1960), they laugh at me. I tell them I did Bullitt (1968), they call me a liar. By the time I get around to telling them I was in The Graduate (1967), they're on the phone calling the nut house.
I was told, when I first started acting, that I had a face of a convicted sex pervert. One casting director actually told me I looked like a child molester. Shows that you can make a career out of anything in Hollywood.
Hollywood sucks. I've got the bruises to prove it.

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