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Also Known As: Melchior Gaston Ferrer, Melchor Ferrer Died: June 2, 2008
Born: August 25, 1917 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Elberon, New Jersey, USA Profession: actor, director, producer, book editor, newspaper editor, author, assistant director, disc jockey

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A handsome and often tragic leading man in features during the 1950s, Mel Ferrer rose to fame as the dashing star of "Scaramouche" (1952), "Lili" (1953), "War and Peace" (1956) and "The Sun Also Rises" (1957). But Ferrer's true passion was behind the scenes, and he directed several features, including "Vendetta" (1950) and "Every Day is a Holiday" (1965) while scoring a professional triumph with 1967's "Wait Until Dark," which starred his wife, Audrey Hepburn. Ferrer was unable to parlay the film's success into more projects, and after a health setback following his divorce from Hepburn in 1968, settled into a steady diet of television guest appearances and turns in European features, including several crass horror and exploitation titles. One of Hollywood's most reluctant stars, Mel Ferrer's early roles, buoyed by his dignified carriage and soulful looks, kept him a filmgoer favorite long after his own career had come to an end.

A handsome and often tragic leading man in features during the 1950s, Mel Ferrer rose to fame as the dashing star of "Scaramouche" (1952), "Lili" (1953), "War and Peace" (1956) and "The Sun Also Rises" (1957). But Ferrer's true passion was behind the scenes, and he directed several features, including "Vendetta" (1950) and "Every Day is a Holiday" (1965) while scoring a professional triumph with 1967's "Wait Until Dark," which starred his wife, Audrey Hepburn. Ferrer was unable to parlay the film's success into more projects, and after a health setback following his divorce from Hepburn in 1968, settled into a steady diet of television guest appearances and turns in European features, including several crass horror and exploitation titles. One of Hollywood's most reluctant stars, Mel Ferrer's early roles, buoyed by his dignified carriage and soulful looks, kept him a filmgoer favorite long after his own career had come to an end.

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DIRECTOR:

1.
  Green Mansions (1959) Director
2.
  Macao (1952) Dir of addl scenes
3.
  The Secret Fury (1950) Director
4.
  Vendetta (1950) Director
5.
  The Fugitive (1947) Dir asst
6.
  A Thousand and One Nights (1945) Dialogue Director
7.
  Ten Cents a Dance (1945) Dialogue Director
8.
  Let's Go Steady (1945) Dialogue Director
9.
10.
  Boston Blackie's Rendezvous (1945) Dialogue Director

CAST: (feature film)

2.
 In Vino Veritas (1990) Dr Brooks
3.
 Only the Good Die Young (1990) Dr Brooks
4.
5.
 Lili Marleen (1989) David Mendelssohn
6.
 Easy Come, Easy Go (1989) Dr Brooks
7.
 Outrage! (1986) Judge Michael Lengel
8.
 Seduced (1985) Arthur Orloff
9.
 One Shoe Makes It Murder (1982) Carl Charnock
10.
 City of the Walking Dead (1980) General Murchison
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First stage work with Cape Cod Playhouse in Dennis, Massachusetts
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Worked as editor at Stephen Day Press in Vermont
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Left publishing upon reaching leading-man status at Cape Cod Playhouse
1938:
First Broadway appearance (as chorus dancer) in "You Never Know"
1940:
Wrote children's book, "Tito's Hats"
1940:
New York stage acting debut in "Kind Lady"
1945:
Film directing debut, "The Girl of the Limberlost"
1945:
Returned to New York; first starring role on Broadway in "Strange Fruit"
1947:
Worked as assistant director to John Ford on "The Fugitive"
1949:
Film acting debut in "Lost Boundaries"
1959:
Directed Audrey Hepburn in "Green Mansions"
1963:
TV directing debut, "The Farmer's Daughter" (episode)
1965:
First film as co-writer (with Jose-Maria Palacio) and producer, "Cabriola/Every Day's a Holiday" (also director)
1973:
Made TV-movie acting debut in two-hour pilot of "Tenafly"
1981:
Starred in the CBS series "Behind the Screen"
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Appeared on the CBS primetime soap opera "Falcon Crest" as Phillip Erikson
1986:
Played Frederick in "Peter the Great" miniseries (NBC)
1987:
Returned to the stage in the revival of "The Best Man" at the Ahmanson Theatre, Los Angeles
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Education

Princeton University: Princeton , New Jersey - 1935 - 1937

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wife:
Frances Pilchard. Married on October 23, 1937; divorced; after marriage to Barbara Tripp, remarried; divorced a second time in 1953.
wife:
Barbara C Tripp. Married in 1940; divorced.
wife:
Audrey Hepburn. Actor. Married on September 25, 1954; divorced in 1968.
wife:
Elizabeth Soukotine. Married on February 19, 1971.
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father:
Jose Maria Ferrer. Physician. Heart specialist.
mother:
Marie Irene Ferrer.
brother:
Jose Ferrer. Doctor. Not the actor.
daughter:
Mela Ferrer. Born in 1940; mother, Barbara C Tripp.
daughter:
Pepa Ferrer. Mother, Barbara C Tripp.
son:
Chris Ferrer. Mother, Barbara C Tripp.
son:
Mark Ferrer. Born 1944; mother, Frances Pilchard.
son:
Sean Ferrer. Actor. Born in 1960; mother, Audrey Hepburn.
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"Tito's Hats"

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