LOS ANGELES, California (AP) -- Mel Ferrer, the tall, darkly handsome
star of such classic films as "Lili," "War and Peace" and "The Sun Also
Rises," as well as producer and director of movies starring his
then-wife, Audrey Hepburn, died Monday at age 90.
In this September 29, 1954, photo, Mel Ferrer and Audrey Hepburn arrive
in Rome, Italy, after they were married.
Ferrer died at a Santa Barbara, California, convalescent home, his son
Mark Ferrer said Tuesday. He had been in failing health for the past
six months and had recently moved to the home from his nearby ranch in
Carpinteria, his son said.
Ferrer's most impressive film role came in 1953 in "Lili." He played a
disabled carnival puppeteer with whom a French orphan (played by Leslie
Caron) falls in love.
He also won critical acclaim as Luis Bello in Robert Rossen's 1951
depiction of the public and private life of a bullfighter in "The Brave
Bulls," based on a Tom Lea book, and starred opposite Hepburn in 1956's
"War and Peace."
In later years, he turned more to directing and producing for movies
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