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Mel Ferrer ACTOR


Mel Ferrer was born on August 25th, 1917 in Elberon, New Jersey with the birth name Melchor Gaston Ferrer, born to Mary Matilda Irene O'Donohue and Dr. José María Ferrer.  He had three siblings and as a youngster he attended the Bovée School in New York prep school and then went on to study at Princeton University.   

He first began his involvement in the entertainment industry at the age of fifteen performing in summer stock.  He chose to leave college early and found work as an editor for a Vermont newspaper and also became an author writing a children's book titled, "Tito's Hats".
In 1938, he began working as a chorus dancer on Broadway in a number of musicals before he was given a chance to work as an actor on Broadway.  Soon he was also working as a radio disc jockey in Texas and Arkansas.
Ferrer continued his career in entertainment by finding work with NBC as a producer as well as a director for a number of shows and then was hired as a director for Columbia Pictures working on such features as, "The Girl of the Limberlost" (1945).
He continued to add a number of Broadway credits to his resume appearing in a production of, "Strange Fruit".  Now, with quite a bit of experience on his resume he acted in his first feature film in 1949 on, "Lost Boundaries".   

Ferrer became most well known for his role in, "Scaramouche" (1952) starring Stewart Granger and Janet Leigh, "Rancho Notorious" (1952) starring Marlene Dietrich and Arthur Kennedy, "War and Peace" (1956) starring Audrey Hepburn, Anita Ekburg and Henry Fonda and "Lili" (1953), and directed two other highly successful films, "The Secret Fury" (1950) and "Green Mansions" (1959).
In total, he directed more than ten feature films and acted in over eighty films.  His most well known television role was on the series, "Falcon Crest" and his guest appearance on, "Columbo".  
Although his professional career was quite successful, his personal life had a couple more ups and downs.  He married a total of five times.  His first wife was Frances Gunby Pilchard whom he wed in 1937 and after having one child the marriage came to an end in 1939.  His second wife was Barbara C. Tripp whom he married in 1940 and also had two children before this marriage also came to an end.  He then remarried Frances in 1944 and together they had two more children, but this marriage round two, was still unsuccessful.  His fourth time to marry was to actress, Audrey Hepburn in 1954 and they had one child together before divorcing in 1968.  He then wed his fifth and final wife, Elizabeth Soukhotine in 1971 and they stayed together until he passed away at the age of ninety, on June 2nd, 2008 in Santa Barbara, California after suffering from heart failure. 

Mel Ferrer was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his contribution to the Motion Picture Industry.  


1998   Stories from My Childhood 
1996   Catherine the Great 

1991   Eye of the Widow 

1989-1990  Christine Cromwell 
1989   Wild Jack

1985-1989  Murder, She Wrote 

1986   Dream West 
1986   Outrage! 

1986   Peter the Great

1985   Glitter 
1985   Hotel 

1985   The Love Boat 

1985   Seduced 
1984   Finder of Lost Loves 

1981-1984  Falcon Crest 

1984   Un tenero tramonto 
1982   One Shoe Makes It Murder 

1982   Die Jäger

1982   Mille milliards de dollars 
1982   Fantasy Island

1981-1982  Behind the Screen 

1981   Lili Marleen
1980   Nightmare City

1980   Fugitive Family

1980   The Memory of Eva Ryker
1980   Eaten Alive!

1980   Top of the Hill

1979-1980  Dallas
1980   Buitres sobre la ciudad 

1979   Eischied 

1979   The Great Alligator 
1979   Guyana: Cult of the Damned

1979   The Visitor

1979   Return of the Saint
1979   Screamers

1978   L'immoralità

1978   The Fifth Floor 
1978   Yesterday's Tomorrow

1978   The Norseman

1978   Hi-Riders
1978   The Amazing Captain Nemo

1978   Black Beauty

1978   Seagulls Fly Low
1978   How the West Was Won

1977   La ragazza dal pigiama giallo

1977   Sharon: Portrait of a Mistress 
1977   Logan's Run

1977   The New Adventures of Wonder Woman

1977   L'avvocato della mala
1977   Eaten Alive

1977   Lanigan's Rabbi

1977   The Fantastic Journey 
1977   Hawaii Five-O 

1977   Baretta 

1976   The Black Corsair 
1976   Origins of the Mafia

1976   Ellery Queen

1975   The Net
1975   The Suspicious Death of a Minor

1975   Silent Action

1975   Brannigan
1975   A Time for Loving 

1974   The Antichrist

1974   Marcus Welby, M.D.
1974   Police Story

1973   The Girl from the Red Cabaret

1973   Search
1973   Tenafly 

1973   Carola

1973   Columbo 
1967   Wait Until Dark 

1966   El Greco

1964   Sex and the Single Girl 
1964   The Fall of the Roman Empire

1964   Paris When It Sizzles 

1964   El señor de La Salle 
1963   Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre

1962   The Longest Day

1962   The Devil and the Ten Commandments 
1962   Charge of the Black Lancers 

1961   Love, Freedom and Treachery 

1960   The Hands of Orlac 
1960   Ladies Man

1960   Blood and Roses

1959   Zane Grey Theater
1959   The World, the Flesh and the Devil 

1959   Rendezvous 

1958   Fräulein
1957   The Sun Also Rises 

1957   The Vintage

1957   Producers' Showcase
1956   Elena and Her Men 

1956   War and Peace 

1955   Oh... Rosalinda!! 
1954   Forbidden 

1953   Saadia 

1953   Knights of the Round Table 
1953   Lili

1952   Scaramouche 

1952   Rancho Notorious 
1951   The Brave Bulls 

1950   Born to Be Bad 

1949   Lost Boundaries
1947   The Fugitive

Matinee Classics - The Longest Day starring John Wayne, Robert Mitchum, Robert Ryan, Rod Steiger, Robert Wagner, Richard Beymer, Mel Ferrer, Jeffrey Hunter, Paul Anka, Sal Mineo, Richard Burton, Red Buttons, Sean Connery, Peter Lawford, Roddy McDowall and George Segal
Matinee Classics - Hotpoint Holiday Hour Radio Show starring Jack Benny, Gene Kelly, Rosalind Russell, Dorothy McGuire, Gregory Peck and Charles Boyer
Matinee Classics - Sex and the Single Girl starring Tony Curtis, Natalie Wood, Henry Fonda, Lauren Bacall, Mel Ferrer, Fran Jeffries, Leslie Parrish, Edward Everett Horton, Larry Storch, Stubby Kaye, Howard St. John and Otto Kruger

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