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Mel Metcalfe

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Occupation   Producer and Actor
Years active  1994–2007

Name  Melvin M Metcalfe III
Spouse  Portia de Rossi (m. 1996–1999)
Mel Metcalfe wearing a white shirt, khaki pants, and black shoes with Portia de Rossi wearing a sexy orange top, blue jeans, and brown shoes inside a house.

Movies  Holiday on the Moon (1994), The Art of the Doll Maker (1999), The Priestess (2007)
Similar People  Portia de Rossi, Ellen DeGeneres, Francesca Gregorini, Jesse Metcalfe, Terry Porter

Mel Metcalfe is a producer and actor, known for Holiday on the Moon (1994), The Art of the Doll Maker (1999) and The Priestess (2007). He was previously married to Portia de Rossi.


Mel Metcalfe Biography

Mel Metcalfe is an American actor and producer who has been active in the entertainment industry since the early 90s. Right through his career, he has thrived as a producer for short films, documentaries, and movies. Apart from being a successful producer, he has also appeared as an actor in some films and done videography for several documentaries.
Mel Metcalfe was born in a middle-class family with noble traditions. From an early age, he showed a zeal for the visual arts and decided to pursue a career in direction, production, and acting. From 1989, Mel Metcalfe has worked as an art director, actor, cameraman and documentary maker in various small-scale creative projects. Even though he is very versatile with cameras and other electrical equipment, he is mainly a documentary filmmaker. It also has to be noted that, even though he has worked in many projects, none of them can boast of being hugely successful and he never received any nomination for outstanding work.

Mel Metcalfe's work so far includes three short videos, two documentaries, and one film. Apart from that, he has also acted in on short video and two films. He was also involved in the making of TV shows when he filmed a documentary for "Who Made You." He also provided his services as a cinematographer for various documentaries and even worked as a set supervisor for one of his short videos. He can edit documentaries and once even provided catering services for crew of a documentary project for which he was doing editing work. The documentary 'A Golden State of Mind: The Storytelling Genius of Huell Howser' was his last work as a cameraman and editor. According to IMDb Mel Metcalfe has been part of 18 credited projects between the years 1989 to 2014. Currently, he has decided to stay away from media, and he is not also active in social media. Therefore, not much is known of his present whereabouts apart from that he is currently involved with Renee Kappos. 

Portia De Rossi Ex-wife of Mel Metcalfe 

Portia De Rossi with blonde hair, ex-wife of Mel Metcalfe.

Portia de Rossi, who was the ex-wife of Mel Metcalfe, is an American model, actress, and philanthropist who was born in Australia. She is best known for her role in the American Series "Ally McBeal" (1998–2002). The show was an instant hit as per critics and was hugely admired for its cast of ridiculous yet relatable characters. She won a Golden Satellite Award for the best actress in a series category for her performance in "Ally McBeal." Her other prominent TV roles include Arrested Development (2003-06, 2013), in which she played the role of Lindsay Bluth-Funke, the egocentric sister of Gob, Michael, and Buster Bluth.

In 2000, after she got divorced, she revealed photos of her posing with her then female partner, Francesca Gregorini, to the public which created speculation regarding her sexual orientation. Initially, Portia De Rossi neither denied nor confirmed the allegations. However, these photos were used later by her as an informal way of communicating about her sexual orientation.

Portia dated Gregorini for almost four years before she romantically got involved with Ellen DeGeneres, who she thought was the love of her life. They first met when Portia was working for “Ally McBeal.” At that time, she has not made her homosexuality public. It was not until 2005 that Portia declared herself as a lesbian and she started to live in with Ellen. The couple got married in 2008, when and de Rossi officially changed her name to Portia Lee James DeGeneres.

De Rossi also supported a variety of charitable institutions, such as Locks of Love. It is a support group that offers human hair wigs which are made from hair donated from other people to the needy ones suffering from alopecia. She also supports many fundraising efforts for different institutions, such as the African AIDS relief organization. 

Scandal & Reason for Divorce

As far as his romantic life is concerned, Mel had a very colorful story to tell. It was in 1996, Mel had first met the Australian actress and model Portia De Rossi. The two fell for each other almost instantly, and they tied the knot before long. But, unfortunately, the marriage was very short-lived and lasted only for three years before they both decided to part their ways in 1999.

One of the reasons which lead to the divorce was Portia's homosexuality. As it turns out to be, she was a confined lesbian who was afraid to admit it. She married Mel Metcalfe so that she could get a green card to stay in the United States. But things didn't work out as she planned. After being married to Mel for almost one year, her underlying fear about her sexuality surfaced.

Another reason which paved the way for the inevitable divorce was Mel's affair with Portia's sister-in-law, with whom he later eloped and got married.

Mel Metcalfe & Renee Kappos

To add more drama to an already weak marriage of three years between Mel and Portia, Mel started to have an affair with Renee Kappos, who was unfortunately married to Portia's brother Michael Rogers. Michael had tied the knot with his longtime partner, Renee, and the two just marrieds moved into a flat in the same complex where Mel and Portia were living. The family drama intensified when Mel decided to elope with Renee. This incident was a harsh lesson for Portia, who then decided to accept her sexuality. She then started to date Francesca Gregorini after she had come in terms with her sexuality until she met her now-wife, host, and comedian Ellen DeGeneres.



Holiday on the Moon (Short) 
Shadowman (as Mel Metcalfe III) (1994)

The Shadowed Cry (1992)

Masque of the Red Death (1989)


The Priestess (producer) 2007
California Connected (TV Series documentary) 2003
Smart Roads (2003) ... (producer - documentary segments)
The Art of the Doll Maker (Documentary) (producer)  1999
An Arrest (Video short) (producer) 1997
Requiem (Short) (producer) 1995
Holiday on the Moon (Short) (producer) 1994

Questions & Answers

Mel Metcalfe is often confused with Jesse Metcalfe, an American actor who is famous for his role in the movie Desperate Housewives, due to their similar names. May be Mel's lack of mainstream success caused him to be mistaken with other people with similar names. 


Mel M. Metcalfe III IMDB