Mel Welles

Mel Welles

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Mel Welles (February 17, 1924 - August 18, 2005) was an American film actor. His best-remembered role may be that of hapless flower shop owner Gravis Mushnik in the 1960 low-budget Roger Corman dark comedy, The Little Shop of Horrors (which featured Jack Nicholson as a masochistic dental patient). Not much is known of Welles' early life, except that he was born Ira Meltcher in New York City. He graduated from Mt. Carmel High School, in 1940. He went on to receive a Bachelor of Arts degree from Penn State University, a Master of Arts degree from West Virginia University, and a Ph.D. in psychology from Columbia University. Welles held a number of jobs during his lifetime; at one time or another he worked as a clinical psychologist, radio DJ, television actor, writer and film director. He did some stage work before traveling to Hollywood, where in 1953 he appeared in his first film, Appointment in Honduras. His favorite role (The Little Shop of Horrors) was also his last in the U.S. for many years. In the early 1960s, he left the United States to act, produce and direct primarily in European film productions including the cult horror films Maneater of Hydra (1967) and Lady Frankenstein (1971). His fluency in five languages proved to be most helpful. He also served as a film consultant. Later he returned to the U.S., appearing in a number of films, doing voice work, and teaching voice acting. Probably his most widely seen work in the late 1970's was his English adaptation of the Japanese television show, "Spectreman" which was seen on UHF and cable across the United States. While he shares writing credit with two other people, it's clear that most of the English voice work, and the offbeat humor, is his. In 1998, Welles took to the stage in a community theater production of Little Shop of Horrors (musical) as Mushnik, the role he created in the original Roger Corman film. Welles had never performed in the musical and was happy to be asked to do the role, which he described as a "mitzvah" for Scotts Valley Performing Arts. Jonathan Haze, who played Seymour in the original film, attended the opening, and Welles also received a visit from Martin P. Robinson, the designer of the Audrey II plant puppets used in the off-Broadway production (Robinson is also famous for his puppetry on Sesame Street). Welles was working on a horror screenplay, tentatively titled House of a Hundred Horrors, at the time of his death. Description above from the Wikipedia article Mel Welles, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.
    Known for
    Acting
    Place of birth
    New York City, New York, USA
    Birthday
    2/17/1924
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Wizards of the Lost Kingdom II
2.1
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The Truth About Lady Frankenstein
10
Piecing Together Lady Frankenstein
6
The Little Shop of Horrors
The Little Shop of Horrors
6.2
The Red Sheik
The Red Sheik
0
The She Beast
The She Beast
5
Invasion Earth: The Aliens Are Here
Invasion Earth: The Aliens Are Here
2.2
Joyride to Nowhere
Joyride to Nowhere
5
Attack of the Crab Monsters
Attack of the Crab Monsters
5.3
The Undead
The Undead
4.5
Dr. Heckyl and Mr. Hype
Dr. Heckyl and Mr. Hype
4.8
Flight to Hong Kong
Flight to Hong Kong
6.6
The Keeler Affair
The Keeler Affair
6
Code Of Silence
5
Commando Squad
Commando Squad
4.3
Rock All Night
Rock All Night
5.6
The Fighting Chance
The Fighting Chance
4
Hold Back Tomorrow
Hold Back Tomorrow
6.3
Hell on Devil's Island
Hell on Devil's Island
6
Rented Lips
Rented Lips
4.3
Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy
Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy
6.1
Outside the Law
Outside the Law
5.8
Smokey Bites the Dust
Smokey Bites the Dust
2.6
Duel on the Mississippi
Duel on the Mississippi
6.7
Homework
Homework
3.5
Massacre Canyon
Massacre Canyon
5
Wyoming Renegades
Wyoming Renegades
5.8
Appointment in Honduras
Appointment in Honduras
5.7
Spy Chasers
Spy Chasers
7
The Racers
The Racers
6
Soldier of Fortune
Soldier of Fortune
5.9
Calling Homicide
Calling Homicide
5.6
The Big Knife
The Big Knife
5.9
Chopping Mall
Chopping Mall
5.8
The Brothers Karamazov
The Brothers Karamazov
6.5
The Reluctant Saint
The Reluctant Saint
7.6
The 27th Day
The 27th Day
6.2
Cut-Throats Nine
Cut-Throats Nine
6.7
High School Confidential!
High School Confidential!
5.7
Pushover
Pushover
6.3
The Silver Chalice
The Silver Chalice
4.7
Jesse James vs. the Daltons
Jesse James vs. the Daltons
5.2
Hemingway's Adventures of a Young Man
Hemingway's Adventures of a Young Man
4.8
Howard
Howard
6.8
The Shadow on the Window
The Shadow on the Window
5.7
Wolfen
Wolfen
5.9
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