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Mel Ferrer

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Filmmaker and professional who appeared contrary his wife Audrey Hepburn in Battle and Peacefulness. He dropped away from Princeton to go after performing. He openly compared Prohibition. He created Wait around Until Dark starring Audrey Hepburn. He wedded five times, especially to celebrity Audrey Hepburn on Sept 25, 1954. He was also in an enchanting romantic relationship with Tessa Kennedy. He previously five kids, Sean, Pepa, Tag, Christopher and Mela. He and NBA participant Reggie Lewis both passed away of heart failing.

Quick Facts


Full Name Mel Ferrer
Date Of Birth August 25, 1917
Died June 2, 2008, Santa Barbara, California, United States
Place Of Birth Elberon, NJ
Height 1.91 m
Profession Director
Education Princeton University
Nationality American
Spouse Elizabeth Soukhotine, Audrey Hepburn, Frances Gunby Pilchard, Barbara C. Tripp
Children Sean Hepburn Ferrer, Mela Ferrer, Mark Young Ferrer, Christopher Ferrer, Pepa Phillippa Ferrer
Parents José María Ferrer, Mary Matilda Irene O'Donohue
Siblings M. Irené Ferrer, Teresa Ferrer, Jose M. Ferrer
Awards Hollywood Walk of Fame, Hollywood Boulevard
Movies War and Peace, Lili, Wait Until Dark, Green Mansions, Lost Boundaries, Scaramouche, Rancho Notorious, The Longest Day, The Brave Bulls, Elena and Her Men, The World, the Flesh and the Devil, Sex and the Single Girl, The Sun Also Rises, The Fall of the Roman Empire, Lili Marleen, Born to Be Bad, Knights of the Round Table, Brannigan, The Secret Fury, Eaten Alive, El Greco, Nightmare City, The Visitor, The Fugitive, The Antichrist, The Hands of Orlac, Blood and Roses, Oh... Rosalinda!!, The Girl of the Limberlost, Fräulein, The Black Corsair, The Great Alligator River, The Norseman, Eaten Alive!, Hi-Riders, Vendetta, One Shoe Makes It Murder, The Fifth Floor, The Devil and the Ten Commandments, The Return of Captain Nemo, Catherine the Great, A Time for Loving, Eye of the Widow, The Vintage, Silent Action, Guyana: Crime of the Century, The Pajama Girl Case, Cabriola, Saadia, A Thousand Billion Dollars, The Night Visitor
TV Shows Falcon Crest, Peter the Great, Behind the Screen, Catherine the Great
Star Sign Virgo

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#Fact
1Officialy retired from acting on his 80th birthday in 1997 and took up residence in Lausanne, Switzerland.
2Prior to his marriage to Elizabeth Soukhotine, Ferrer had a scandalous relationship with 29-year-old interior designer/shipping heiress Tessa Kennedy, who was still married to her first husband Dominick Elwes.
3Directed José Ferrer (no relation) in the latter's first performance as Cyrano de Bergerac.
4After attending Princeton University until his sophomore year, he abandoned his studies and worked as an editor of a Vermont newspaper. He also wrote a children's book named "Tito's Hat".
5Made his Broadway debut as an actor at age 23, two years after making his debut as a dancer aged 21.
6Father of five children: Pepa Phillippa (born on 19 August 1941) and Mark Young Ferrer (born on 19 June 1944) with Frances Pilchard, Mela (born on 22 January 1943) and Christopher Ferrer (born on 4 February 1944) with Barbara C. Tripp, and Sean H. Ferrer (born on 17 July 1960) with Audrey Hepburn.
7Not related to José Ferrer, or José's son Miguel Ferrer. However, his son with Audrey Hepburn, Sean H. Ferrer, had only one acting role, with Audrey in They All Laughed (1981), portraying a man named "Jose," meant to be a Hollywood inside joke.
8Born to a Cuban-born father, a surgeon, and his wife, a New York socialite, he grew up in New Jersey.
9Spoke Spanish and French fluently.
10Wife Audrey Hepburn did not want to be separated from her husband while filming Funny Face (1957), so filming of the Paris scenes was timed to coincide with Ferrer's filming of Elena and Her Men (1956).
11Member of the jury at the Cannes Film Festival in 1962.
12After divorcing his first wife, Frances Pilchard, he married Barbara Tripp. He then divorced Tripp so he could remarry Pilchard.
13His oldest child, with Pilchard, died as an infant.
14Brother of famous cardiologist and educator Dr. M. Irené Ferrer. She helped refine the cardiac catheter and electrocardiogram, which have become diagnostic essentials in heart treatment.
15Father of Sean H. Ferrer with Audrey Hepburn.


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Stories from My Childhood1998TV SeriesGeppetto
Catherine the Great1996TV MoviePatriarch
Eye of the Widow1991Frankenheimer the CIA chief
Christine Cromwell1989-1990TV SeriesDoctor
Murder, She Wrote1985-1989TV SeriesMiles Austin / Eric Brahm
Wild Jack1989TV Mini-Series
Dream West1986TV Mini-SeriesJudge Elkins
Outrage!1986TV MovieJudge Michael Lengel
Peter the Great1986TV Mini-SeriesFrederick
Glitter1985TV Series
Hotel1985TV SeriesGarrett Hardy / Anthony Palandrini
The Love Boat1985TV SeriesJack Powers
Seduced1985TV MovieArthur Orloff
Finder of Lost Loves1984TV SeriesGeorge Matthews
Falcon Crest1981-1984TV SeriesPhillip Erikson
Un tenero tramonto1984Franz Bollenstein
One Shoe Makes It Murder1982TV MovieCarl Charnock
Die Jäger1982Stephan Mathiesen
Mille milliards de dollars1982Cornelius A. Woeagen
Fantasy Island1982TV SeriesMoriarity / Lord Collingwood
Behind the Screen1981TV SeriesEvan Hammer (1981-1982)
Buitres sobre la ciudad1981
Lili Marleen1981David Mendelsson
Nightmare City1980General Murchison
Fugitive Family1980TV MovieAnthony Durano
The Memory of Eva Ryker1980TV MovieDr. Sanford
Hagen1980TV SeriesPoole
Eaten Alive!1980Professor Carter
Top of the Hill1980TV MovieAndreas Heggener
Dallas1979-1980TV SeriesHarrison Page
Eischied1979TV Series
The Great Alligator1979Joshua
The Visitor1979Dr. Walker
Return of the Saint1979TV SeriesDr. Paolo Brogli
Screamers1979Radcliffe (US version)
L'immoralit1978Vera's husband
The Fifth Floor1978Dr. Sidney Coleman
Yesterday's Tomorrow1978Colonel Stone
The Norseman1978King Eurich
Hi-Riders1978Sheriff
The Amazing Captain Nemo1978TV MovieDr. Robert Cook
How the West Was Won1976-1978TV SeriesHale Burton
Black Beauty1978TV Mini-SeriesNicholas Skinner
I gabbiani volano basso1978Roberto Micheli
La ragazza dal pigiama giallo1977Professor Henry Douglas
Sharon: Portrait of a Mistress1977TV MovieDavid
Logan's Run1977TV SeriesAnalog
Wonder Woman1977TV SeriesGerlich
L'avvocato della mala1977Peseti
Lanigan's Rabbi1977TV SeriesMike Rushmore
The Fantastic Journey1977TV SeriesAppolonius
Hawaii Five-O1977TV SeriesEmil Radick / Father Neill
Baretta1977TV Series
The Black Corsair1976Van Gould
Eaten Alive1976Harvey Wood
Alle origini della mafia1976TV Mini-SeriesArmando Della Morra
Ellery Queen1976TV SeriesBrandon Childs
Das Netz1975Aurelio Morelli
The Suspicious Death of a Minor1975Police superintendent
Silent Action1975District Attorney Mannino
Brannigan1975Fields
The Antichrist1974Massimo Oderisi
Marcus Welby, M.D.1974TV SeriesCarlo
Police Story1974TV SeriesDr. Ross
The Girl from the Red Cabaret1973Dalton Harvey
Search1973TV SeriesJohn Rickman
Tenafly1973TV SeriesCharlie Rush
Carola1973TV MovieGen. Franz von Clodius
Columbo1973TV SeriesJerry Parks
A Time for Loving1972Dr. Harrison
Wait Until Dark1967French-Canadian Radio Speaker (voice, uncredited)
El Greco1966El Greco (Domenico Teotocopulo)
El señor de La Salle1964Juan Bautista de La Salle
Sex and the Single Girl1964Rudy
The Fall of the Roman Empire1964Cleander
Paris When It Sizzles1964Costume Party Jekyll & Hyde (uncredited)
Charade1963Man smoking cigarette in nightclub (uncredited)
Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre1963TV SeriesPeter Carrington
Marco Polo1962/II
The Longest Day1962Maj. Gen. Robert Haines
The Devil and the Ten Commandments1962Philip Allan (segment "Luxurieux point ne seras")
Charge of the Black Lancers1962Andrea Di Tula
Legge di guerra1961Mirko
The Hands of Orlac1960Stephen Orlac
L'homme1960Georges Gauthier
Blood and Roses1960Leopoldo De Karnstein
Zane Grey Theater1959TV SeriesMarshal Monty Elstrode
The World, the Flesh and the Devil1959Benson Thacker
Rendezvous1959TV Series
Fräulein1958Maj. Foster MacLain
ITV Play of the Week1957TV Series
The Sun Also Rises1957Robert Cohn
The Vintage1957Giancarlo Barandero
Producers' Showcase1957TV SeriesCrown Prince Rudolph
Elena and Her Men1956Le comte Henri de Chevincourt
War and Peace1956Prince Andrei Bolkonsky
Oh... Rosalinda!!1955Capt. Alfred Westerman
Forbidden1954Don Paolo Salinas
Knights of the Round Table1953Arthur
Saadia1953Henrik
Lili1953Paul Berthalet
Scaramouche1952Noel, Marquis de Maynes
Rancho Notorious1952Frenchy Fairmont
The Brave Bulls1951Luis Bello
Born to Be Bad1950Gobby
Lost Boundaries1949Scott Mason Carter
The Fugitive1947Father Serra (uncredited)

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Falcon Crest1984TV Series 1 episode
Every Day Is a Holiday1965
The Farmer's Daughter1963TV Series 3 episodes
Green Mansions1959
The Seven Lively Arts1957TV Series 1 episode
Producers' Showcase1955TV Series director - 1 episode
The Racket1951uncredited
Vendetta1950reshot ending and added sequences
The Secret Fury1950
The Girl of the Limberlost1945as Melchor G. Ferrer

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Fugitive1947directorial assistant - as Melchor Ferrer
A Thousand and One Nights1945dialogue coach - uncredited
Boston Blackie's Rendezvous1945dialogue coach
Ten Cents a Dance1945dialogue coach
Let's Go Steady1945dialogue coach
Meet Miss Bobby Socks1944dialogue coach
Together Again1944dialogue director - uncredited
Sergeant Mike1944dialogue coach
They Live in Fear1944dialogue coach
Louisiana Hayride1944dialogue coach - uncredited

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color1986TV Series executive producer - 1 episode
One Shoe Makes It Murder1982TV Movie producer
W1974producer
A Time for Loving1972producer
Embassy1972producer
The Night Visitor1971producer
Wait Until Dark1967producer
El Greco1966producer
Every Day Is a Holiday1965executive producer - uncredited

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Every Day Is a Holiday1965screenplay / story

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Lili1953performer: "Hi-Lili, Hi-Lo"

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
A Federal Case2008grateful acknowledgment
A Look in the Dark2003Video documentary short very special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
A Look in the Dark2003Video documentary shortHimself
Audrey Hepburn Remembered1993TV Movie documentaryHimself
Lunettes noires pour nuits blanches1989TV SeriesHimself
Hour Magazine1984TV SeriesHimself
Cosas1980TV SeriesHimself
The Merv Griffin Show1973TV SeriesHimself
Cinema1972TV Series documentaryHimself
The David Frost Show1971TV SeriesHimself
Aujourd'hui Madame1970TV SeriesHimself
What's My Line?1959-1967TV SeriesHimself - Guest Panelist
The 39th Annual Academy Awards1967TV SpecialHimself - Audience Member
Apropos Film1967TV Series documentaryHimself
The Jack Paar Program1964TV SeriesHimself (on film)
The 33rd Annual Academy Awards1961TV SpecialHimself - Audience Member
The 28th Annual Academy Awards1956TV SpecialHimself - Co-Presenter: Scientific & Technical Awards
Today1955TV SeriesHimself
Christmas with the Stars1953TV MovieHimself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Hollywood: The Great Stars1963TV Movie documentaryHimself (uncredited)
The Ed Sullivan Show1957TV SeriesHimself
Banned Alive! The Rise and Fall of Italian Cannibal Movies2015Documentary
Pop Culture Beast's Halloween Horror Picks2014TV Series documentaryMassimo Oderisi
De la B a la Z2011TV SeriesGeneral Murchison
The Orange British Academy Film Awards2009TV SpecialHimself - Memorial Tribute
15th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards2009TV SpecialHimself - Memorial Tribute
The 60th Primetime Emmy Awards2008TV SpecialHimself - In Memoriam
Sollima & die Piraten - Der schwarze Korsar2008Video shortHimself
5ive Minutes with Marilyn2007Video documentary shortHarvey Wood
The Gator Creator with Tobe Hooper2007Video documentary shortHarvey Wood
My Name Is Buck: A Look Back at 'Eaten Alive'2006Video documentary shortHarvey Wood (uncredited)
Audrey Hepburn: Ein Star auf der Suche nach sich selbst2004TV Movie documentaryHimself
Starring - Taina Elg2003TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Bronze Screen: 100 Years of the Latino Image in American Cinema2002DocumentaryHimself
The Audrey Hepburn Story2000TV MovieHimself
Classified X1998TV Movie documentaryHimself
A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies1995TV Movie documentaryCleander, 'Fall of the Roman Empire' (uncredited)
Ingrid1984DocumentaryHimself, clip from 'Paris Does Strange Things' (uncredited)
Omnibus1978TV Series documentaryHimself
Off to See the Wizard1967TV SeriesPaul Berthalet

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1960Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameMotion PictureOn 8 February 1960. At 6268 Hollywood Blvd.

TitleSalary
War and Peace (1956)$100,000
Lost Boundaries (1949)$7,500

#Quote
1I curl up inside and freeze when I have to act. I much prefer sitting on the sidelines and trying to get the best out of other people.


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