Norman Fell (born Norman Noah Feld; March 24, 1924 – December 14, 1998), was an American actor of film and television, most famous for his role as landlord Mr. Roper on the sitcom Three's Company and its spin-off, The Ropers. and his film roles in Ocean's 11 (1961), The Graduate (1967), and Bullitt (1968). Early in his career, he was billed as Norman Feld.
Fell in 1970
Norman Noah Feld
March 24, 1924
|Died||December 14, 1998 (aged 74)|
|Resting place||Mount Sinai Memorial Park Cemetery in Los Angeles|
|Alma mater||Temple University|
(m. 1951; div. 1954)
(m. 1961; div. 1973)
(m. 1975; div. 1995)
Fell was born on March 24, 1924 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Samuel and Edna Feld. His father was an Austrian Jewish immigrant, and his maternal grandparents were Russian Jews. Samuel was a restaurateur and the family lived at 416 South 4th Street. He attended Central High School of Philadelphia. He studied drama at Temple University after serving as a tail gunner on a B-25 Mitchell in the United States Army Air Forces during World War II. He later honed his craft at The Actors Studio and the Black Hills Players.
Aside from Fell's best-known television work, he also played minor character roles in several films, including the original Ocean's 11, It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, PT 109, The Graduate, Bullitt and Catch-22 (as Sergeant Towser). He appeared alongside Ronald Reagan in Reagan's last film, The Killers. In 1992, he starred as a Hotel owner in a comedy movie called Hexed.
On TV, Fell portrayed Mike in Joe and Mabel (1955–1956),:536 Meyer Meyer in Ed McBain's 87th Precinct (1961–1962),:302 Charles Wilentz in Dan August (1970–1971), Nathan Davidson in Needles and Pins (1973),:748 Bernie Solkin in Executive Suite (1976–1977),:316 Richie's father in Richie Brockelman, Private Eye (1978),:893 and Ben Cooper in Teachers Only (1982–1983).:1056
From 1977 to 1979, Fell portrayed the main characters' hardnosed landlord Stanley Roper on the hit sitcom Three's Company:1080–1081 (a role with some similarities to Mr. McCleery in The Graduate). He continued the role as the co-lead with Audra Lindley playing his wife, Helen, on The Ropers,:910 a spin-off which lasted two seasons, 1979 to 1980.
Fell won a Golden Globe Award for Best TV Actor in a Supporting Role in 1979 for Three's Company. He was nominated for an Emmy Award for his dramatic performance as the boxing trainer of Tom Jordache (Nick Nolte) in the miniseries Rich Man, Poor Man. His final television appearance was a cameo as Mr. Roper on an episode of the sitcom Ellen in 1997.
On May 21, 1950, Fell married Dolores Pikoos in Philadelphia. They divorced in 1954 and Fell married and divorced two subsequent times. He had two daughters, Tracy and Mara, with his second wife and adopted a son with his third wife, Karen Weingard.
On November 26 (Thanksgiving Day) of 1998, Fell had become too weak to get out of bed at his Marina del Rey home. He was rushed to the hospital where he was diagnosed with bone marrow cancer. He died at the Motion Picture and Television's retirement home in Woodland Hills, California on December 14, 1998 at the age of 74. He was interred at Mount Sinai Memorial Park Cemetery.
|1954||The Elgin Hour||Morton||Episode: Hearts and Hollywood|
|Westinghouse Studio One||Juror #1||Episode: Twelve Angry Men|
|The Philco Television Playhouse||Episode: Miss Look-Alike|
|Goodyear Television Playhouse||Episode: The Huntress|
|1955||Joe and Mabel||Mike|
|1956||The Alcoa Hour||Marvie||Episode: Finkle's Comet|
|Star Tonight||Sharp||Episode: Faith and Patience|
|Playwrights '56||Nick Zervas||Episode: Nick and Letty|
|The United States Steel Hour||Detective||Episode: Hunted|
|1959||Hallmark Hall of Fame||Wint Selby||Episode: Ah, Wilderness!|
|1960||Johnny Staccato||Bill Lentz||Episode: The Man in the Pit|
|Perry Mason||Caspar Pedley||Episode: The Case of the Mythical Monkeys|
|The Untouchables||Reiner||Episode: The Rusty Heller Story|
|The Tom Ewell Show||Episode: Salesmanship Lesson|
|1961||The Law and Mr. Jones||Fred Cook||Episode: Lethal Weapons|
|The Tab Hunter Show||Emory Farnsworth||Episode: Me and My Shadow|
|Peter Gunn||Danny Carmichael||Episode: A Kill and a Half|
|The Aquanauts||Oliver Pappas||Episode: The Rainbow Adventure|
|The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis||Cole||Episode: Be It Ever So Humble|
|Checkmate||Shep Stryker||Episode: Hot Wind in a Cold Town|
|Cain's Hundred||Driscoll||Episode: Cain's Final Judgement|
|1962||Sam Benedict||Alex McConnell||Episode: Where There's a Will|
|1961–1962||87th Precinct||Det. Meyer Meyer||Episode: The Floater |
Episode: Man in a Jam
|1963||The Eleventh Hour||Lionel||Episode: Five Moments Out of Time|
|The Lloyd Bridges Show||Episode: Gym in January |
Episode: Sheridan Square
|The Dick Powell Show||Dr. Joseph Greer||Episode: The Last of the Big Spenders|
|Kraft Suspense Theatre||Sgt. Max Winkler||Episode: The Case Against Paul Ryker (1) |
Episode: The Case Against Paul Ryker (2)
|East Side/West Side||Eddie Best||Episode: Not Bad for Openers|
|The Alfred Hitchcock Hour||Al Norman||Episode: The Dividing Wall|
|1964||The Defenders||George Capp||Episode: Moment of Truth|
|The Hanged Man||Gaylord Grebb||TV-Movie|
|1965||Mr. Novak||Barney Sanders||Episode: And Then I Wrote...|
|The Trials of O'Brien||Mickey the Miser||Episode: How Do You Get to Carnegie Hall?|
|Dr. Kildare||Dr. Keith Myers
|The Fugitive||Lt. Germak
|Episode: May God Have Mercy |
Episode: Stranger in the Mirror
|1964–1965||Ben Casey||Arnold Halbert
|Episode: I'll Get on My Ice Floe and Wave Goodbye |
Episode: Where Does the Boomerang Go?
|1966||The Wild Wild West||Jeremiah Ratch||Episode: The Night of the Whirring Death|
|The Man from U.N.C.L.E.||Mark Slate||Episode: The Moonglow Affair|
|A Man Called Shenandoah||Capt. Arnold Dudley||Episode: Muted Fifes, Muffled Drums|
|Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre||Eddie Carr||Episode: Dear Deductible|
|Bewitched||Dr. Freud||Episode: I'd Rather Twitch Than Fight|
|1964–1966||Twelve O'Clock High||Lt. Canello||Episode: An Act of War |
Episode: The All-American
|1967||The Invaders||Neal Taft||Episode: The Betrayed|
|Ghostbreakers||Lt. P.J. Hartunain||TV Pilot|
|I Spy||Karin||Episode: The Medarra Block|
|Mannix||Daniel Brewer||Episode: Coffin for a Clown|
|1968||That Girl||Bernie||Episode: Sixty-Five on the Aisle|
|Judd, for the Defense||Harry Green||Episode: The Sound of the Plastic Axe|
|1969||The Name of the Game||Winston Polk||Episode: A Hard Case of the Blues|
|Three's a Crowd||Norman, the Elevator Operator||TV-Movie|
|1965–1969||The F.B.I.||Ted Cullinan
|Episode: All the Streets Are Silent |
Episode: The Mercenary
Episode: The Catalyst
|Episode: An Inside Job |
Episode: Seeing Is Believing
|1970||Double Jeopardy||Sgt. Charles Wilentz||TV-Movie|
|1971||The Partridge Family||Mr. Bruner||Episode: The Undergraduate|
|1970–1971||Dan August||Sgt. Charles Wilentz|
|1972||O'Hara, U.S. Treasury||Leo Walsh||Episode: Operation – Smokescreen|
|The Heist||Pat Dillon||TV-Movie|
|McCloud||Lt. Ed Feldman||Episode: The Park Avenue Rustlers|
|1969–1972||Love, American Style||Segment: Love and the Good Deal |
Segment: Love and the Clinic
|1973||Marcus Welby, M.D.||Episode: Catch a Ring That Isn't There|
|Going Places||Mr. Shaw||TV-Movie|
|Needles and Pins||Nathan Davidson||Regular cast, 14 episodes|
|1974||Medical Center||Frank||Episode: The World's Balloon|
|Thursday's Game||Melvin Leonard||TV-Movie|
|1975||Death Stalk||Frank Cody||TV-Movie|
|McMillan & Wife||Allan Kovacs||Episode: Love, Honor and Swindle|
|Lucas Tanner||Abe Lydecker||Episode: The Noise of a Quiet Weekend|
|Rhoda||Dr. Henry Gerber||Episode: Chest Pains |
Episode: Ida's Doctor
|Cannon||Police Lieutenant||Episode: The Games Children Play|
|Starsky & Hutch||Sammy Grovner||Episode: Shootout|
|1976||Rich Man, Poor Man||Smitty||Mini-Series |
Emmy Award (nominated)
|Ellery Queen||Errol Keyes||Episode: The Adventure of the Tyrant of Tin Pan Alley|
|The Bionic Woman||Milt Bigelow||Episode: In This Corner, Jaime Sommers|
|The Streets of San Francisco||Juror||Episode: The Thrill Killers (1) |
Episode: The Thrill Killers (2)
|Richie Brockelman: The Missing 24 Hours||Mr. Brockelman||TV-Movie|
|Switch||Episode: Gaffing the Skim|
|Executive Suite||Bernie||Episode: Re-The Sounds of Silence|
|1977||The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams||Episode: The Redemption of Ben|
|Charlie's Angels||Sammy||Episode: Angels in Paradise|
|1974–1977||Police Story||Sgt. Dell
Lieutenant Alfred Thornwood
|Episode: Wolf |
Episode: One of Our Cops is Crazy
|1978||The Love Boat||Mr. McCoy, Julie's Father||Episode: Julie's Dilemma/Who's Who/Rocky|
|1979||Roots: The Next Generations||Bernie Raymond||Mini-Series|
|This Year's Blonde||Pat Toledo||TV-Movie|
|For the Love of It||Hall||TV-Movie|
|1976–1981||Three's Company||Stanley Roper||Golden Globe Award (won)|
|1979–1980||The Ropers||Stanley Roper|
|1982||Teachers Only||Ben Cooper|
|Matt Houston||Herman||Episode: Joey's Here|
|1984||The Jesse Owens Story||Marty Forkins||TV-Movie|
|1985||Simon & Simon||Leo Nyquist||Episode: Facets|
|1986||Webster||Charlie||Episode: Almost Home|
|The Twilight Zone||Eddie O'Hara||Episode: The Convict's Piano|
|1985–1986||Crazy Like a Fox||Episode: Some Day My Prints Will Come |
Episode: A Fox at the Races
|1987||Magnum, P.I.||David Albertson||Episode: Solo Flight|
|Matlock||Dr. Norman Radburn||Episode: The Doctors|
|Out of This World||Dr. Hauser||Episode: The Nightmare|
|Sledge Hammer!||Episode: They Call Me Mr. Trunk|
|1985–1988||Murder, She Wrote||Vince Shackman
|Episode: Dead Heat |
Episode: Just Another Fish Story
|Hooperman||Pete Cosgrove, Ventriloquist||Episode: Dog Day Afternoon, Morning and Night|
|The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!||Fred Van Winkle
|Episode: Fred Van Winkle |
Episode: Texas Tea
|1990||Good Grief||Slezar||Episode: The Good, the Bad and the Mariachis|
|1993||Flying Blind||Employer #2||Episode: Panic in Neil's Park|
|1994||The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air||The Landlord||Episode: What's Will Got to Do With It?|
|1995||Family Reunion: A Relative Nightmare||Grandpa Joe Dooley||TV-Movie|
|1996||The Naked Truth||Himself||Episode: 5 Bully for Dave|
|1997||Ellen||Mr. Roper||Episode: Roommates|
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