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James Coco (1930–1987)

Born in New York City of humble means, character player James Coco was the son of Feliche, an Italian shoemaker, and Ida (Detestes) Coco. Shining shoes as a youngster with his father, his interest in acting occurred early on as a child. At age 17 he toured with a children's theatre troupe for three years portraying Old King Cole and Hans Brinker. ... See full bio »

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Man of La Mancha
Man of La Mancha Sancho Panza / Cervantes' Manservant
Only When I Laugh
Only When I Laugh Jimmy Perrino
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The Muppets Take Manhattan Mr. Skeffington
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Murder by Death Milo Perrier


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 1989 That's Adequate
Max Roebling
 1988 The Chair
Dr. Harold Woodhouse Langer
 1987 The Stepford Children (TV Movie)
Mr. Jamison
 1987 Hunk
Dr. D
 1986 There Must Be a Pony (TV Movie)
Mervin Trellis
 1986 Brothers (TV Series)
Mel Roth
- The Play's the Thing (1986) ... Mel Roth
 1985 The Twilight Zone (TV Series)
Maury Winkler (segment "Act Break")
- Act Break/The Burning Man/Dealer's Choice (1985) ... Maury Winkler (segment "Act Break")
 1985 The Booth (TV Movie) (segment "Death at Dinner")
 1985 The Ray Bradbury Theatre (TV Series)
- Marionettes, Inc. (1985) ... Braling
 1978-1985 The Love Boat (TV Series)
Lou Tangle / Lou Stevens / Marion Atkins, the Author
- Rocky/Julie's Dilemma/Who's Who? (1978) ... Marion Atkins, the Author
 1984 Johnny Dangerously
Moronie's Bouncer (uncredited)
 1984 Murder, She Wrote (TV Series)
Horatio Baldwin
- We're Off to Kill the Wizard (1984) ... Horatio Baldwin
 1984 Mr. Success (TV Movie)
Vernon Silt
 1984 Alice (TV Series)
Dr. Harvey Gordon
- Alice and the Devoted Dentist (1984) ... Dr. Harvey Gordon
 1982 St. Elsewhere (TV Series)
- Cora and Arnie (1982) ... Arnie
 1982 Matt Houston (TV Series)
J. Hamilton Goodfellow
- Recipe for Murder (1982) ... J. Hamilton Goodfellow
 1980 The Diary of Anne Frank (TV Movie)
Van Daan
 1980 Wholly Moses!
 1979 Scavenger Hunt
 1979 Trapper John, M.D. (TV Series)
- Flashback (1979) ... Jennings
 1979 $weepstake$ (TV Series)
- Episode #1.3 (1979) ... Pete
 1979 The French Atlantic Affair (TV Mini-Series)
Georges Sauvinage
- Episode #1.2 (1979) ... Georges Sauvinage
- Episode #1.1 (1979) ... Georges Sauvinage
- Episode #1.3 ... Georges Sauvinage
 1978 The Cheap Detective
 1978 Bye Bye Monkey
Andreas Flaxman
 1977 Charleston
Joe Lo Monaco
 1976 Maude (TV Series)
Dr. Channing McGrath
- Maude's New Friends (1976) ... Dr. Channing McGrath
 1976 Your Place or Mine? (TV Movie)
Charlie Pelligrino
 1975 Medical Center (TV Series)
- The Rip-Off (1975)
 1975 The Wild Party
Jolly Grimm
 1973 Marcus Welby, M.D. (TV Series)
Quentin Bailey
- Gemini Descending (1973) ... Quentin Bailey
 1971 Such Good Friends
 1970 The Strawberry Statement
 1970 End of the Road
School Man
 1969 Generation
Mr. Blatto
 1969 The Littlest Angel (TV Movie)
The Father
 1969 NBC Experiment in Television (TV Series)
- Big Sur (1969)
 1967-1969 N.Y.P.D. (TV Series)
- The Witness (1967)
 1968 New York Television Theatre (TV Series)
- Apple Pie (1968)
 1966 ABC Stage 67 (TV Series)
Mr. Zuckerman
- On the Flip Side (1966) ... Mr. Zuckerman
 1966 Directions (TV Series)
- The 11th Man (1966)
 1965 The Patty Duke Show (TV Series)
- Patty Meets a Celebrity (1965) ... Director
 1964 Ensign Pulver
 1961 The Power and the Glory (TV Movie)
Mexican Soldier (uncredited)
 1956 The Edge of Night (TV Series)
Stubby (1967-1968) / JoJo (1969)
 1952 Guiding Light (TV Series)
Carlo Fontini (1986-1987)
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Unsold pilot: Starred in a sitcom pilot for NBC called "What Do You Feel Like Doing Tonight?", playing a parent forced to live alone in New York City without his two children. See more »


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Maggie Smith acts like Quentin Crisp in drag. See more »


Was nominated for Broadway's 1970 Tony Award as Best Actor (Dramatic) for "Last of the Red Hot Lovers." See more »

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