Mel Smith, Actor: The Princess Bride. Mel Smith was born on December 3, 1952 in Chiswick, London, England as Melvyn Kenneth Smith. He was an actor and producer, known for The Princess Bride (1987), Alas Smith & Jones (1984) and Father Christmas (1991). He was married to Pamela Gay-Rees. He died on July 19, 2013 in St John's Wood, London.