3. Norman Fell, who played the irascible landlord Stanley Roper on ABC's Three's Company (and its short-lived spin-off, The Ropers) died of cancer on 14 December 1998. He was 74. Coincidentally, Audra Lindley, who played Helen Roper, Stanley's wife, had died of complications from leukemia the year before. Fell's work on Three's Company earned him a Best Supporting Actor Golden Globe Award. Fell was replaced by Don Knotts in 1980.

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