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Norman Fell

Three's Company

Norman Fell

Stanley Roper

Stanley Roper

This Philadelphia native served in the Air Force as a tail gunner during WWII. After returning from the war, Fell attended Temple University where he received a B.A. in Drama. During the early 1950s, he kept busy with theater roles in Philly and New York where he got involved in nascent television. Much of early television featured broadcasts of live plays, which made it easy for stage actors like Fell to make the transition. Early in his career, Fell had roles in productions featured on several of these playhouse series including, The Goodyear Playhouse (1954), Studio One (1954), and The Philco Television Playhouse (1954). His first recurring role in a TV series was as Mike on Joe & Mabel (1955). In 1958, Fell made the move to Hollywood to pursue a career in film, where he appeared in over 30 feature films including classic titles like Inherit the Wind (1960), Oceans Eleven (1960). It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad, World (1963), The Killers (1964), and The Graduate (1967). On the small screen, Fell made a name for himself playing heavies and tough guys, and in 1976, he won a Golden Globe Award for his portrayal of Smitty on ground-breaking mini-series, Rich Man, Poor Man. But it was as uptight landlord Stanley Roper on Three's Company (1977-1984), and spin-off The Ropers (1979), that Fell gained his greatest fame. Stuffy Stanley was popular with the viewers, particularly when he grinned smugly into the camera after delivering a pithy line to Jack (John Ritter), or his sex-starved wife Helen (Audra Lindley). After the Three's Company era, Fell continued to take TV and film roles, even making an appearance on an episode of Ritter's sitcom, Hooperman (1989). Twice married, Fell passed away from cancer in 1998. He was 74.

Character Bio

Owner of the Santa Monica building where the roommates live, Stanley likes his rules followed and the rent paid on time. He wears the pants in the family, and isn't interested in any new-fangled ideas, like unmarried men and women living together. He's a Lawrence Welk kind of guy, living in a K.C. and the Sunshine Band kind of world, so it's safe to say that he's not all that comfortable with the roommate situation upstairs. And he's definitely not comfortable with Jack being gay. But as long as the rent's paid and the noise and parties are kept to a minimum, he can learn to live with it. Too bad he can't seem to find a way to live in peace with his doting wife, Helen.

Three's Company TV Schedule

Sunday
April 20
3:00am
Chrissy's Date
Chrissy meets a new, "older" man at the supermarket.
TV-PG
3:30am
Alone Together
Jack and Chrissy spend a night alone in the apartment when Janet stays the night with Mrs. Roper.
TV-PG
4:00am
Roper's Car
Roper sells the trio his broken-down car, but then gets a better offer and tries to get it back.
TV-PG
4:30am
Cyrano de Tripper
Chrissy promises a dinner to her new man, a gourmet critic, but she can't even boil water.
TV-PG
5:00am
Chrissy's Night Out
Chrissy gets a little too friendly to an undercover detective during a girls' night out at the Funky Fox.
TV-PG
5:30am
Stanley Casanova
Helen thinks Stanley's cheating when she sees an attractive woman cozying up to him at the Regal Beagle.
TV-PG
6:00am
Janet's High School Sweetheart
A high school heartthrob from Janet's past shows up.
TV-PG
6:30am
Jack's Uncle
Jack's crafty Uncle Fremont decides to give the trio a hand when the rent comes due.
TV-PG
7:00am
Helen's Job
Helen takes a job at a seedy cafeteria to teach Stanley a lesson.
TV-PG
7:30am
Three's Christmas
The trio has an ethical dilemma when they receive a last-minute invitation to hot Christmas party.
TV-PG
9:00am
The Gift
Chrissy thinks a fancy jacket Jack is holding for Stanley is a birthday gift for her.
TV-PG
9:36am
The Rivals
Janet thinks Chrissy purposefully stole her blind date.
TV-PG
10:12am
The Baby Sitters
Janet enlists her roommates to fill in for her at a babysitting gig.
TV-PG
10:48am
Home Movies
Chrissy gets a super-8 camera and catches the movie bug.
TV-PG
11:24am
Jack in the Flower Shop
Janet hires Jack to help out at the flower shop.
TV-PG
Tuesday
April 22
4:00am
Chrissy's Date
Chrissy meets a new, "older" man at the supermarket.
TV-PG
4:30am
Alone Together
Jack and Chrissy spend a night alone in the apartment when Janet stays the night with Mrs. Roper.
TV-PG
Wednesday
April 23
4:00am
Roper's Car
Roper sells the trio his broken-down car, but then gets a better offer and tries to get it back.
TV-PG
4:30am
Cyrano de Tripper
Chrissy promises a dinner to her new man, a gourmet critic, but she can't even boil water.
TV-PG