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Mel Welles (Ira Meltcher)

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Biography

New York City, New York, USA
Prior to his Hollywood acting career, New York-born Mel Welles held a variety of jobs, including clinical psychologist, writer and radio deejay. After some stage work he wound up in Hollywood, making his film debut in Appointment in Honduras (1953). His best and favorite role, as flower shop owner Gravis Mushnick in director 'Roger Corman''s horror comedy The Little Shop of Horrors (1960), was one of his last before leaving the US in the early 1960s and forging a long acting-producing-directing career in Europe. After his return to the US Welles again acted, did voice-over work and made appearances at autograph shows. Read more...

Actor

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Character: Fernand Rocha

Soldier of Fortune 1955

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Character: Solly Horzmann

Designing Woman 1957

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Character: Sir Bop

Rock All Night 1957

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Character: El Fuad

Tip on a Dead Jockey 1957

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Character: Gravis Mushnick

The Little Shop of Horrors 1960

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Character: Barman / Mezcal

Lo chiamavano Trinità... 1970

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Character: Temperance / Walla

Amarcord 1973

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Character: Tank McCall

Joyride to Nowhere 1977

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Character: Joe Gillardi

Body and Soul 1981

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Character: Sheriff Sam Wiley

Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse 1958

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Character: Frank Garth

Peter Gunn 1958

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Character: Trow / Hunter

Faeries 1981

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Character: Dr. Vince Hinkle

Dr. Heckyl and Mr. Hype 1980

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Character: Trifon Borissovitch

The Brothers Karamazov 1958

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Character: Mustached Party Guest

The Big Knife 1955

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Directing

Character: Gravis Mushnick

The Little Shop of Horrors 1960

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Character: Tank McCall

Joyride to Nowhere 1977

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Writing

Character: Tank McCall

Joyride to Nowhere 1977

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