Mel Gorham

Actor
This pretty, dark-haired fiery actress labored for years in small roles before getting her due as a Latina spitfire in Wayne Wang's "Smoke" (1995). As she has described it, Gorham had an "I Love Lucy" childhood with a ... Read more »
Born: 11/30/1958 in Coral Gables, Florida, USA

Filmography

Actor (11)

Delirious 2007 (Movie)

Tish (Actor)

Sueno 2005 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Center of the World 2001 (Movie)

Roxanne (Actor)

Wishful Thinking 1998 (Movie)

(Actor)

Cop Land 1997 (Movie)

Monica (Actor)

Curdled 1996 (Movie)

Elena (Actor)

Blue in the Face 1995 (Movie)

Violet (Actor)

Smoke 1995 (Movie)

Violet (Actor)

The Perez Family 1995 (Movie)

(Actor)

Carlito's Way 1993 (Movie)

Pachanga's Date (Actor)

Awakenings 1990 (Movie)

Nurse Sara (Actor)

Biography

This pretty, dark-haired fiery actress labored for years in small roles before getting her due as a Latina spitfire in Wayne Wang's "Smoke" (1995). As she has described it, Gorham had an "I Love Lucy" childhood with a Cuban-born mother and Jewish-American father. Twice-divorced by her early 20s, she left her native Florida and headed for New York, where she appeared in more than 30 shows, mostly off-Broadway and storefront productions. Gorham appeared on the TV shows "The Equalizer" (CBS, 1989) and "Law & Order" (NBC, 1991), but mostly concentrated on film and theater work.

Relationships

Steve Bermnan

Husband
married c. 1968 divorced

Ralph Gorham

Husband
owner Bison Motorcycles married c. 1970 divorced

Emma Netsch

Mother
born c. 1935 Cuban divorced from Gorham's father

Sandy Schnier

Father
born c. 1928 Jewish divorced from Gorham's mother

EDUCATION

University of Miami

Miami, Florida 1981

Milestones

1997

Filmed pilot as star of the proposed NBC sitcom "Union Square"; dropped out of project in June 1997

1995

First notable film role, "Smoke"; reprised role in "Blue in the Face"

1989

TV debut, as a guest on "The Equalizer"

1989

Made film debut, in Spike Lee's "Do the Right Thing"

Appeared in numerous off-Broadway productions

Raised in Florida

Moved to NYC to pursue career

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