, an actor with extensive credits and a longtime activist in the Screen Actors Guild, died Saturday in Santa Monica, Calif., after battling a long illness. He was 86.
Coe acted for more than 50 years of film, television, commercial and stage work. He had a lengthy career as a commercial performer both on camera and voiceover, including six years as the voice of Toyota.
He served more than a dozen years on the SAG
national board of directors, having the vice president title for two years and creating the template for what became SAG
’s first low-budget production contract.
Coe was born in Jamaica, Queens. His Broadway theater career began in 1957 and included performing as M. Lindsey Woolsey opposite Angela Lansbury
in the original cast of Jerry Herman
” and as Owen O’Malley in “On The Twentieth Century
Coe was also an original member of “Not Ready For Prime Time Players,