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Norman Fell,74, who played the irritable landlord...


Norman Fell,74, who played the irritable landlord Stanley Roper on the 1970s television sitcom "Three's Company" and in the spin-off series "The Ropers," died yesterday of cancer.

The Philadelphia native died at the Motion Picture and Television's retirement home in Woodland Hills, a Los Angeles ,, suburb, said Stan Schneider, his longtime business manager.

Among Mr. Fell's credits were the films "The Graduate" and "Catch-22" and TV series including Burt Reynolds' 1970-75 detective drama "Dan August."

Roger C. Butts,89, a Prohibition-era Treasury agent who uncovered a bootlegging scheme to supply congressional offices with alcohol, died of heart ailments Dec. 5 in a nursing home in Albemarle, N.C.

In 1929 and 1930, Mr. Butts served as a covert Prohibition Bureau operative on Capitol Hill, where he set up a phony liquor purchase to arrest bootlegger George Cassiday. Mr. Butts said he found an address book with the names and office numbers of Congress members to whom Mr. Cassiday delivered the forbidden liquor. The names in the book were never made public.

John Addison,78, a composer best known for his Oscar-and Emmy-winning scores for movies and television, including the music to "Tom Jones," died in Bennington, Vt., on Dec. 7 after a stroke. He won a British Academy Award for the 1977 movie "A Bridge Too Far" and was nominated for another for "Swashbuckler." He won his Emmy for the theme "Murder, She Wrote."

Lew Grade,91, the cigar-chomping entertainment tycoon who founded Britain's first commercially funded television company, died Sunday in London, two weeks after undergoing surgery. Mr. Grade, whose projects included the TV series "The Saint" and the movie "On Golden Pond," gave up an early dancing career and started a small agency in 1934.

Pub Date: 12/15/98


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