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Mel Ferrer, the tall, darkly handsome star of such classic films as "Lili," "War and Peace" and "The Sun Also Rises" and a producer and director of movies starring his wife, Audrey Hepburn, died Monday at his ranch near Santa Barbara, Calif. He was 90.

Ferrer's most impressive film role came in 1953 in "Lili" as a rippled puppeteer in a carnival with whom a French orphan (Leslie Caron) falls in love. He also won acclaim as Luis Bello in Robert Rossen's 1951 depiction of the public and private life of a bullfighter in "The Brave Bulls." He starred opposite Hepburn in 1956's "War and Peace."

He and Hepburn had become engaged in 1954 when they appeared together in the New York play "Ondine." They married that year in Burgenstock, Switzerland, and made their home in that country for much of the rest of Hepburn's life. She died in 1993.

The couple co-starred in a TV version of "Mayerling" as well as "War and Peace," and Ferrer directed his wife in the 1959 film "Green Mansions," based on W.H. Hudson's romantic fantasy.

He produced one of Hepburn's greatest film triumphs, 1967's "Wait Until Dark," a terrifying thriller in which she portrays a blind woman terrorized by drug dealers who break into her home.



Hugh Jarrett, a bass-singing member of the Jordanaires quartet that backed up Elvis Presley on TV and in the movies, died May 31 in an Atlanta hospital from injuries suffered a week earlier in an automobile crash. He was 78.

The voice of Jarrett, a member of the Gospel Music Hall of Fame, can be heard on more than 50 Presley recordings, including "Don't Be Cruel," "Hound Dog," "Love Me Tender," "All Shook Up," "Jailhouse Rock" and "I Want You, I Need You, I Love You."

The Jordanaires worked with Presley on most of his now-famous TV appearances, including the famous waist-up performance in 1956 on "The Ed Sullivan Show." A beaming Jarrett can be seen in a plaid sportscoat, finger-snapping and swaying to the music.

The quartet also performed in the Presley movies "Loving You" and "King Creole."



Mitch Mullany, a Bay Area stand-up comic who starred on "Nick Freno: Licensed Teacher" for the WB Network, died May 25 in his Los Angeles apartment from a diabetic-related stroke. He was 39.

Mullany had the recurring role of White Mike, the lovable neighbor who wanted more than anything to be black, on the WB series "The Wayans Bros." That led to the "Nick Freno" series, which ran from 1996-98.



Farlan Myers, who composed the theme song for the 1950s TV series "Our Miss Brooks" starring Eve Arden, died May 27 at his home in Los Angeles. He was 89.

Myers worked in the entertainment business for more than six decades as a musician and as a business and creative affairs executive with Young & Rubicam and the J. Walter Thompson ad agency, where he spent most of his career.

Myers served as president of the Hollywood Radio & Television Society in the early '70s.



Kelly Schroeder, a longtime first assistant director in Hollywood, died May 26 at his home in Santa Monica of heart failure. He was 51.

Schroeder's career spanned 28 years and consisted of 21 feature films, including "Graffiti Bridge" (1990) starring Price and 1989 Sundance Film Festival winner "Powwow Highway," as well as more than 300 commercials and 100 music videos. He was a member of the DGA since 1986.
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