Theatre, Film, and Television Biographies
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Mel Ferrer Biography (1917-)
Full name, Melchor Gaston Ferrer; born August 25, 1917, in Elberon, NJ; son of Jose Maria (a physician) and Marie Irene (O'Donohue) Ferrer; married Frances Pilchard, October 23, 1937 (divorced); married Barbara C. Tripp (divorced);re-married Frances Pilchard (divorced); married Audrey Hepburn (an actress),September 25, 1954 (divorced, 1968); children: one son, one daughter (firstmarriage); one son, one daughter (second marriage); one son (fourth marriage). Addresses: AGENT--Brian Lourn, William Morris Agency, 151 El CaminoDrive, Beverly Hills, CA 90212.
- Birth Details
- August 25, 1917
- Elberon, New Jersey, United States
- BROADWAY DEBUT--Dancer, You Never Know, Winter Garden Theatre, 1938.
Credits; PRINCIPAL STAGE APPEARANCES
- Everywhere I Roam, National Theatre, New York City, 1938.
- Peter Santard, Kind Lady, Playhouse Theatre, New York City, 1940.
- reporter, Cue for Passion, Royale Theatre, New York City, 1940.
- Tracy Deen, Strange Fruit, Royale Theatre, 1945.
- Ritter Hans, Ondine, 46th Street Theatre, New York City, 1954.
- Also appeared in The Best Man, Ahmanson Theatre, Los Angeles, CA, 1987.
Credits; PRINCIPAL STAGE WORK
- Director, Cyrano de Bergerac, Alvin Theatre, New York City, 1946.
- director, Heartsong, Shubert Theatre, New Haven, CT, then Walnut Street Theatre, Philadelphia, PA, 1947.
- producer (with Charles R. Meeker, Jr.) and director, Strike a Match, American Theatre, St. Louis, MO, then Memphis, TN, both 1953.
- FILM DEBUT--Dr. Scott Carter, Lost Boundaries, Film Classics, 1949.
Credits; PRINCIPAL FILM APPEARANCES
- Gobby, Born to Be Bad, RKO, 1950.
- Luis Bello, The Brave Bulls, Columbia, 1951.
- Frenchy Fairmont, Rancho Notorious, RKO, 1952.
- Noel, Marquis de Maines, Scaramouche, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), 1952.
- Paul Berthalet, Lili, MGM, 1953.
- King Arthur, Knights of the Round Table, MGM, 1953.
- Henrik, Saadia, MGM, 1953.
- Prince Andrei Bolkonsky, War and Peace, Paramount, 1956.
- Captain Westerman, Oh Rosalinda, AFB-Pathe, 1956.
- Robert Cohn, The Sun Also Rises, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1957.
- Viscount Henri de Chevincourt, Paris Does Strange Things, Warner Brothers, 1957.
- Giancarlo Barendero, The Vintage, MGM, 1957.
- Foster MacLain, Fraulein, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1958.
- Benson Thacker, The World, the Flesh, and the Devil, MGM, 1959.
- Leopoldo De Karnstein, Blood and Roses, Paramount, 1961.
- Philip Allan, Devil and the Ten Commandments, Cinedia, 1962.
- Major General Robert Haines, The Longest Day, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1962.
- Cleander, Fall of the Roman Empire, Paramount, 1964.
- Steven Orlac, Hands of Orlac (also known as Hands of a Strangler), Continental Distributing, 1964.
- guest star, Paris When It Sizzles, Paramount, 1964.
- Rudy DeMeyer, Sex and the Single Girl, Warner Brothers, 1964.
- title role, El Greco, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1966.
- Mel Fields, Brannigan, United Artists, 1975.
- Masimo, The Tempter (also known as Anticristo), AVCO-Embassy, 1978.
- Radcliffe, Screamers (also known as Island of the Fishmen and Something Waits in the Dark), New World, 1978.
- King Eurich, The Norseman, American International, 1978.
- David Mendelsson, Lili Marleen, United Artists, 1979.
- Dr. Walker, The Visitor, International Picture Show/Marvin, 1979.
- Dr. Coleman, The Fifth Floor, Film Ventures International, 1980.
- Morton, Robocop, Orion, 1987.
- Also appeared in A Time for Loving (also known as Paris Was Made for Lovers), London Screen Plays, 1971.
- Eaten Alive (also known as Death Trap, Startlight Slaughter, Horror HotelMassacre, and Legend of the Bayou), Virgo International, 1976.
- Hi-Riders, Dimension, 1978.
- City of the Walking Dead (also known as Nightmare City and Nightmare), Twenty-First Century, 1980.
- The Net, 1975.
- The Black Pirate, 1976.
- The Girl in the Yellow Pajamas, 1977.
- The Amazing Captain Nemo, 1978.
- Yesterday's Tomorrow, 1978.
- Island of Mutations, 1979.
- and Great Alligator, 1980.
Credits; PRINCIPAL FILM WORK
- (As Melchor G. Ferrer) Director, Girl of the Limberlost, Columbia, 1945.
- production assistant, The Fugitive, RKO, 1947.
- director, Vendetta, RKO, 1950.
- director, Secret Fury, RKO, 1950.
- director, Green Mansions, MGM, 1959.
- producer, El Greco, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1966.
- director, Every Day Is a Holiday, Columbia, 1966.
- producer, Wait Until Dark, Warner Brothers, 1967.
- producer, A Time for Loving (also known as Paris Was Made for Lovers), London Screen Plays, 1971.
- producer, Embassy, Hemdale Releasing, 1972.
- producer, W (also known as I Want Her Dead), Cinerama, 1974.
Credits; PRINCIPAL TELEVISION APPEARANCES; SERIES
- Evan Hammer, Behind the Screen, CBS, 1981-82.
- Phillip Erikson, Falcon Crest, CBS, 1981-84.
- MINI-SERIES Nicholas Skinner, Black Beauty, NBC, 1978.
- Judge Elkins, Dream West, CBS, 1986.
- Lux Video Theatre, CBS, 1953.
- Omnibus, ABC, 1953-57.
- Also Producer's Showcase, NBC; Zane Grey Theatre, CBS; Bob Hope ChryslerTheatre, NBC; Search, NBC.
- Anthony Durano, Fugitive Family, CBS, 1980.
- Dr. Sanford, The Memory of Eva Ryker, CBS, 1980.
- Carl Charnock, One Shoe Makes It Murder, CBS, 1982.
- Arthur Orloff, Seduced, CBS, 1985.
- Judge Michael Lengel, Outrage!, CBS, 1986.
- Frederick, Peter the Great, NBC, 1986.
- PRINCIPAL TELEVISI0N WORK; EPISODIC Director, The Farmer's Daughter, ABC,1963.
Credits; PRINCIPAL RADIO WORK; PRODUCER AND DIRECTOR
- Land of the Free, NBC.
- The Hit Parade, NBC.
- The Hildegarde Program, NBC.
- Every Day Is a Holiday, Columbia, 1966.
- Tito's Hats (children's book), 1940.
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