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James Coco

Highest Rated:   100% A New Leaf (1971)
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An actor from childhood, the heavy-set, prematurely bald James Coco won an Obie award for his 1959 performance in the off-Broadway The Moon in Yellow River, but his first widespread public attention was gained through his many TV commercial appearances in the early 1960s. He attained Broadway stardom in the offbeat plays of Terence McNally, the best of which was Next, in which Coco portrayed a middle-aged man who through a bureaucratic blunder was ordered to report to his draft board. Playwright Neil Simon was so impressed by Coco that he wrote a stage vehicle for the actor, that dinner-theatre perennial The Last of the Red Hot Lovers. Simon's association with Coco continued through several subsequent plays and into such films as Murder By Death (1975) and The Cheap Detective (1978). Though he'd made his film debut in a bit role in 1964's Ensign Pulver, Coco didn't make an impact in films until after his stage successes; among his more notable starring roles were Sancho Panza in the 1972 film version of Man of La Mancha and the Fatty Arbuckle counterpart in 1975's The Wild Party. Coco starred in two TV series of the 1970s, Calucci's Dept. and The Dumplings, and won an Emmy for a guest shot on a 1983 episode of St. Elsewhere; one of his last TV assignments was as a ne'er-do-well relative on the Tony Danza/Judith Light sitcom Who's The Boss? In his final years, James Coco became as well known for his cooking prowess as his acting achievements, publishing a brace of best-selling cookbooks and--donning chef's hat and apron-- making frequent guest appearances on Hour Magazine and other such TV talkfests.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet That's Adequate
  • Max Roebling
1989
No Score Yet The Chair
  • Dr. Harold Woodhouse Langer
1988
No Score Yet Hunk
  • Dr. D.
1987
No Score Yet There Must Be A Pony
  • Actor
1986
81% The Muppets Take Manhattan
  • Himself
1984
No Score Yet You Can't Take It with You
  • Actor
1984
50% Only When I Laugh
  • Jimmy
1981
No Score Yet The Diary Of Anne Frank
  • Actor
1980
No Score Yet Wholly Moses!
  • Hyssop
1980
No Score Yet Scavenger Hunt
  • Henri
1979
No Score Yet Ciao Maschio (Bye Bye Monkey)
  • Andreas Flaxman
1978
50% The Cheap Detective
  • Marcel
1978
65% Murder by Death
  • Insp. Milo Perrier
1976
No Score Yet The Wild Party
  • Jolly Grimm
1975
50% Man of La Mancha
  • Sancho Panza
1973
No Score Yet Such Good Friends
  • Timmy
1971
100% A New Leaf
  • Uncle Harry
1971
22% Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moon
  • Mario
1970
No Score Yet End of the Road
  • School man
1970
No Score Yet The Strawberry Statement
  • Grocer
1970
No Score Yet Generation
  • Mr. Blatto
1969
No Score Yet The Littlest Angel
  • Actor
1969
No Score Yet Ensign Pulver
  • Skouras
1964

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet The Twilight Zone
1985-1989
  • Actor
  • 1985
No Score Yet Great Performances
2000
  • The King of Hearts
  • 1983

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