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Norman Fell
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Norman Fell assumed the role of Stanley Roper on Three's Company and its spinoff, The Ropers.
Personal Information
Birth name: Norman Noah Feld
Born: (1924-03-24)24 March 1924
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Died 14 December 1998(1998-12-14) (aged 74) (cancer)
Deathplace: Los Angeles, California
Career/Family Information
Years active: 1955 to 1998 (his death)
Awards won: Golden Globe - Best Actor in a Supporting Role - Television Series
Spouse(s): Dolores Pikoos (1951-54)
Karen Weingard (1975-95)
Diane Weiss (1961-73)
Children: Tracy Fell Klorman (Daughter)
Mara Fell Polan (Daughter)
Casey Evan Fell (Adopted Son)
Character information
Appeared on: Three's Company and The Ropers
Character played: Stanley Roper
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Norman Fell (born Norman Noah Feld[1], 24 March 1924 – 14 December 1998) appeared as Stanley Roper on Three's Company for the first three seasons of the series before his character, along with TV wife Helen, played by actress Audra Lindley, was spun off into the short-lived The Ropers series. A revered veteran actor of film and television, he earned an Emmy Award for his role as the landlord on Three's Company in 1978.

Early Life

Fell was born in South Philadelphia to a Jewish family, and attended Central High School of Philadelphia. He then studied drama at Temple University after serving as a tail-gunner in the United States Army Air Forces during World War II.[2] Later, Fell honed his craft at Actors Studio.[3]


Although Fell is best known for his television work, he also played minor character roles in several motion pictures 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.

From 1977 to 1979 he portrayed the main characters' hard-nosed landlord Stanley Roper on the hit TV comedy Three's Company. He continued to play the character as the co-lead with Audra Lindley as his wife Helen on The Ropers, a spin-off which lasted a year in a less favorable time slot.

He received his Golden Globe Award in 1979, for Best TV Actor in a Supporting Role, for Three's Company. He was also nominated for an Emmy Award, but not for Three's Company, but rather for his dramatic performance in the miniseries Rich Man, Poor Man, in which he played Nick Nolte's character's boxing trainer. His final television appearance was in a cameo as Mr. Roper on an episode of the sitcom Ellen in 1997.


Fell died of cancer 14 December 1998 in Los Angeles, California, and was interred there at the Mount Sinai Memorial Park Cemetery. He was 74 years old.


  1. Full name, a .JPG image of a memorial for Norman Noah Fell 1924-1998: AmazonAWS imagestore for website. Retrieved on January 10, 2008.
  2. Profile for Norman Fell: website. Retrieved on January 10, 2008.
  3. Garfield, David (1980). "Appendix: Life Members of The Actors Studio as of January 1980". A Player's Place: The Story of The Actors Studio. New York: MacMillan Publishing Co., Inc.. p. 278. ISBN 0-02-542650-8.

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Three's Company

Jack Tripper | Janet Wood | Chrissy Snow | Cindy Snow | Terri Alden | Stanley Roper | Helen Roper | Ralph Furley | Larry Dallas | Lana Shields

John Ritter | Joyce DeWitt | Suzanne Somers | Jenilee Harrison | Priscilla Barnes | Norman Fell | Don Knotts | Richard Kline | Ann Wedgeworth
See also:
List of episodes | Behind the Camera
British TV/Spinoff shows:
Man About the House | George and Mildred | Robin's Nest | The Ropers | Three's a Crowd