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Norman Fell portrayed the stingy landlord Stanley Roper on 'Three's Company,' which ran for eight seasons between 1976 until 1984.
'Three's Company' followed the lives of three single roommates, Jack Tripper (John Ritter), Janet Wood (Joyce DeWitt) and Chrissy Snow (Suzanne Somers), their living arrangement and sexual exploits. At the time of the show's debut in 1976, co-ed living was still somewhat taboo and the trio told the landlord Stanley Roper (Norman Fell) that Jack was gay, while the landlord's wife Helen (Audra Lindley) knew what 'the kids' were doing.
Lindley and Fell went on to star in the spinoff 'The Ropers,' which ran between 1979 and 1980 on ABC, which showed the couple moving from their 'Three's Company' home to live in the fancier Cheviot Hills community and sold the building. The new owner's brother Ralph Furley (Don Knotts) took over as the landlord. The critically-panned series was cancelled after one season. The Ropers appeared again on one episode of 'Three's Company' in 1981.
In addition to 'Three's Company,' Fell appeared in films like the original 'Ocean's 11,' 'It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World,' 'PT 109,' 'The Graduate,' 'Bullitt,' 'Catch-22' and 'The Killers,' opposite Ronald Reagan.
Fell received a Golden Globe Award in 1979 for Best TV Actor in a Supporting Role, for 'Three's Company.' He also received an Emmy nomination for his role in the miniseries 'Rich Man, Poor Man.'
Fell's last TV appearance was portraying Mr. Roper in a cameo on the sitcom 'Ellen' in 1997.
Fell died of Cancer on December 14, 1998.
(Pictured: Norman Fell appears in a still from 'Three's Company / Norman Fell appears in a promotional photo for 'The Ropers.')