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Nicholas Colasanto (1924–1985)

Nicholas Colasanto, the actor and television director who achieved his greatest success as "Coach" on the TV series Cheers (1982) at the end of his career, was born January 19, 1924 in Providence, Rhode Island, one of seven children. He attended Providence's Central High School but did not graduate due to World War II, as he joined the Navy. After... See full bio »

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Nominated for 3 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 win. See more awards »

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Raging Bull
Raging Bull Tommy Como
Cheers Ernie 'Coach' Pantusso
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Fat City
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 1982 The Haircut (Short)
Bobby Russo (Barber)
 1978 Lou Grant (TV Series)
Patsy Reese
- Mob (1978) ... Patsy Reese
 1977 Mad Bull (TV Movie)
Duke Sallow
 1977 Martinelli, Outside Man (TV Movie)
 1977 Westside Medical (TV Series)
John Manolas
- Red Blanket for a City (1977) ... John Manolas
 1976 The Return of the World's Greatest Detective (TV Movie)
Lieutenant Nick Tinker
 1975 Baretta (TV Series)
- The Secret of Terry Lake (1975) ... Danelle (as Nick Colasanto)
 1975 Lucas Tanner (TV Series)
- The Noise of a Quiet Weekend (1975) ... Mel
 1973 Kojak (TV Series)
Victor Marchette
- Conspiracy of Fear (1973) ... Victor Marchette
 1973 Toma (TV Series)
- Frame-Up (1973)
- Pilot (1973) ... Prolaci
 1973 The Streets of San Francisco (TV Series)
Joe Patruro
- Deathwatch (1973) ... Joe Patruro
 1972 Fat City
 1966-1971 The F.B.I. (TV Series)
Jumisino / Billy Milton
- Bitter Harbor (1971) ... Jumisino
- The Camel's Nose (1966) ... Billy Milton (as Nick Colasanto)
 1968 Mannix (TV Series)
Mac Wagner
- To the Swiftest, Death (1968) ... Mac Wagner
 1968 Premiere (TV Series)
Charlie Leaf
- Lassiter (1968) ... Charlie Leaf
 1968 Ironside (TV Series)
Mike Sellino
- The Challenge (1968) ... Mike Sellino
 1967 Mission: Impossible (TV Series)
Jimmy Bibo
- The Council: Part 1 (1967) ... Jimmy Bibo (as Nick Colasanto)
 1965-1967 Run for Your Life (TV Series)
George Karpantos / Jake Wexler / Maxie / ...
- The Frozen Image (1967) ... Jake Wexler
- A Rage for Justice: Part 2 (1967) ... George Karpantos
- Flight from Tirana: Part 1 (1967) ... George Karpantos
- The Day Time Stopped (1966) ... Maxie
- Who's Watching the Fleshpot? (1966) ... Benno Capalupo
 1966-1967 Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre (TV Series)
Charlie Atkins / Bernheim / P.J. Bascomb
- Deadlock (1967) ... Charlie Atkins
- Wipeout (1967) ... Bernheim
- Runaway Boy (1966) ... P.J. Bascomb
 1966 Fame Is the Name of the Game (TV Movie)
 1966 The Fugitive (TV Series)
- Approach with Care (1966) ... Matt
 1966 The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (TV Series)
- The Indian Affairs Affair (1966) ... Ralph (as Nick Colasanto)
 1965-1966 I Spy (TV Series)
Cabbie / Genius / Reporter
- My Mother, the Spy (1966) ... Cabbie
- Danny Was a Million Laughs (1965) ... Genius (as Nick Colasanto)
- So Long, Patrick Henry (1965) ... Reporter (as Nick Colasanto)
 1966 My Favorite Martian (TV Series)
- Martin's Revoltin' Development (1966) ... Orville
 1965 Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (TV Series)
- The Cyborg (1965) ... Reporter (uncredited)
 1965 For the People (TV Series)
Det. Kojek
- The Influence of Fear (1965) ... Det. Kojek
 1964 Ben Casey (TV Series)
Ambulance Attendant
- For Jimmy, the Best of Everything (1964) ... Ambulance Attendant
 1964 Kraft Suspense Theatre (TV Series)
1st Military Policeman
- Operation Greif (1964) ... 1st Military Policeman (as Nick Colasanto)
 1964 The Alfred Hitchcock Hour (TV Series)
The Work Partner
- Final Escape (1964) ... The Work Partner
 1963 Arrest and Trial (TV Series)
Armando Martinez
- Journey into Darkness (1963) ... Armando Martinez (as Nick Colasanto)
 1962 Car 54, Where Are You? (TV Series)
- Today I Am a Man (1962) ... Marty (uncredited)
 1960 Armstrong Circle Theatre (TV Series)
- Illegal Entry (1960)
 1959 Playhouse 90 (TV Series)
- For Whom the Bell Tolls: Part 2 (1959) ... Eladio
- For Whom the Bell Tolls: Part 1 (1959) ... Eladio
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Bryant College's Class of 1985 honored alumnus Nicholas Colasanto by dedicating a common room on the second floor of Bryant Center to him. Dubbed "Nick's Place", the room contains a television set and is decorated with sports posters and pennants. The room also has a small shrine commemorating Colasanto featuring a dedication plaque and a photo of him in a Bryant sweatshirt. There also are two ... See more »


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