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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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Known For

Guilty or Innocent
Guilty or Innocent Himself (host)
(1984)
Whodunnit?
Whodunnit? Himself / panelist
(1979)
Gimme Shelter
Gimme Shelter Himself
(1970)
Ground Zero
Ground Zero Mario Barto
(1973)

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 1991 Murder, She Wrote (TV Series)
Judge Charlie Harley
- From the Horse's Mouth (1991) ... Judge Charlie Harley (as Melvin M. Belli)
 1978 Lady of the House (TV Movie)
Mayor Jim of San Francisco
 1973 Ground Zero
Mario Barto
 1972 Arnie (TV Series)
Lawyer
 1968 Star Trek (TV Series)
Gorgan
- And the Children Shall Lead (1968) ... Gorgan
 1968 Wild in the Streets
Melvin Belli (uncredited)
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1 Print Biography | 2 Portrayals | 2 Interviews | 1 Article | See more »

Alternate Names:

Melvin M. Belli
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

I'm not an ambulance chaser. I'm usually there before the ambulance.

Trivia:

He won a class-action suit against Dow-Corning. Despite his victory in court, Dow-Corning's subsequent bankruptcy left him unable to recoup the $5,000,000 his firm has spent on physicians and other expert witnesses. This forced his firm, not him personally, to seek bankruptcy protection in December, 1995, just months before his death. See more »

Nickname:

King of Torts

Star Sign:

Leo

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