Nicholas Colasanto

Actor, Director
While Nicholas Colasanto achieved his greatest success in the twilight of his career, playing absent-minded but lovable bartender "Coach" on the hit sitcom "Cheers", the Providence, Rhode Island-born actor took on ... Read more »
Born: 01/19/1924 in Rhode Island, USA

Filmography

Actor (13)

Cheers 1982 - 1985 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Haircut 1981 (Movie)

(Actor)

Raging Bull 1980 (Movie)

Tommy Como (Actor)

The Outside Man 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Family Plot 1976 (Movie)

Constantine (Actor)

The Manchu Eagle Murder Caper Mystery 1974 (Movie)

Bert (Actor)

Toma 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

Fat City 1972 (Movie)

Ruben (Actor)

Mission Impossible Vs. the Mob 1968 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Counterfeit Killer 1968 (Movie)

(Actor)

Mad Bull (TV Show)

Actor
Director (8)

Columbo 1966 - 1978, 1980 - 1985 (Tv Show)

Director

Hec Ramsey 1972 - 1978, 1980 - 1985 (Tv Show)

Director

Here Come the Brides 1966 - 1970, 1972 - 1978, 1980 - 1985 (Tv Show)

Director

Lobo 1977 - 1978, 1980 - 1985 (Tv Show)

Director

Logan's Run 1977 - 1978, 1982 - 1985 (Tv Show)

Director

McCloud 1966 - 1978, 1980 - 1985 (Tv Show)

Director

S.W.A.T. 1975 - 1978, 1980 - 1985 (Tv Show)

Director

The Felony Squad 1966 - 1970, 1972 - 1978, 1980 - 1985 (Tv Show)

Director

Biography

While Nicholas Colasanto achieved his greatest success in the twilight of his career, playing absent-minded but lovable bartender "Coach" on the hit sitcom "Cheers", the Providence, Rhode Island-born actor took on numerous dramatic roles, too, as well as forays into directing for TV. After a brief stint as an accountant in the 1950s, Colasanto, inspired by a Henry Fonda performance on Broadway, joined a small theater company in Phoenix, Arizona. He soon landed in New York City, appearing in off-Broadway stage productions and TV commercials. Despite a burgeoning career as a supporting actor, Colasanto started making his mark as a TV director in the late '60s and '70s, working on such shows as "Columbo", "Starsky and Hutch", and "Hawaii Five-O". While he remained active as a director into the early 1980s, Colasanto took one final, memorable acting role as the friendly but easily forgetful barkeep Ernie "Coach" Pantusso on "Cheers". The role earned Colasanto three Best Supporting Actor nominations shortly before his death from heart failure in 1985. In the final scene of the series, in 1993, bar owner Sam Malone (Ted Danson) took a moment to straighten a photo of the Indian chief Geronimo on the bar's back wall: the photo had been a memento that Colasanto kept in his dressing room on the Cheers set, which was added to the bar's decor after his death.

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