Spofford. Comedy. Written by Herman Shumlin
. Based on the novel "Reuben, Reuben" by Peter DeVries. Directed by Herman Shumlin. ANTA Playhouse: 14 Dec 1967- 8 Jun 1968 (202 performances + 2 previews that began on 12 Dec 1967). Cast: Melvyn Douglas
(as "Spofford") [final Broadway role], Barbara Britton
(as "Mrs. Beausigneur"),
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The Hollywood roles I did were boring; I was soon fed up with them. It's true they gave me a worldwide reputation I could trade on, but they also typed me as a one-dimensional, non-serious actor.
He had two children with second wife, Helen Gahagan
: a son named Peter (b. 1933) and daughter Mary Helen (b. 1938).
He had one son with his first wife, Rosalind, named Melvyn Gregory Hesselberg (b. January 28, 1926).
He often played smooth characters with a strong sense of humor