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Melvin Belli (1907–1996)

Melvin Belli was born on July 29, 1907 in Sonora, California, USA as Melvin Moulon Belli. He was an actor and producer, known for Guilty or Innocent (1984), Whodunnit? (1979) and Gimme Shelter (1970). He was married to Nancy Ho, Lia Triff, Pat Montandon, Betty Ballantine, Joy Turney and Toni Nichols. He died on July 9, 1996 in San Francisco, ... See full bio »

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 1991 Murder, She Wrote (TV Series)
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- From the Horse's Mouth (1991) ... Judge Charlie Harley (as Melvin M. Belli)
 1978 Lady of the House (TV Movie)
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 1973 Ground Zero
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 1972 Arnie (TV Series)
 1968 Star Trek (TV Series)
- And the Children Shall Lead (1968) ... Gorgan
 1968 Wild in the Streets
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I'm not an ambulance chaser. I'm usually there before the ambulance.


The flamboyant attorney represented such celebrities as Mae West, Muhammad Ali, Jim Bakker & Tammy Faye Bakker, Errol Flynn, Beverly Aadland, Tony Curtis, Lenny Bruce, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Chuck Berry, Alex Haley, Nick Nolte, Lana Turner and The Rolling Stones. Though he won more than $600 million in damages for his clients, keeping a third for himself as commission, he filed for bankruptcy the year he... See more »


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