James Coco

Highest Rated: 100% A New Leaf (1971)
Lowest Rated: 14% Wholly Moses! (1980)
Birthday: Mar 21, 1930
Birthplace: Not Available
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

CREDIT
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
83% 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
14% Wholly Moses! Hyssop 1980
No Score Yet Scavenger Hunt Henri 1979
No Score Yet Ciao Maschio (Bye Bye Monkey) Andreas Flaxman 1978
43% The Cheap Detective Marcel 1978
65% Murder by Death Insp. Milo Perrier 1976
No Score Yet The Wild Party Jolly Grimm 1975
46% 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

CREDIT
No Score Yet Who's the Boss?
1984-1992
Grandpa Nick Nick Milano
  • 1987
  • 1985
No Score Yet The Twilight Zone
1985-1989
  • 1985
No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote
1984-1996
Horatio Baldwin
  • 1984
No Score Yet Great Performances
2000
The King of Hearts
  • 1983
No Score Yet St. Elsewhere
1982-1988
Arnie
  • 1982
100% The Muppet Show
1976-1981
Guest
  • 1978
No Score Yet Maude
1972-1978
  • 1976
No Score Yet Marcus Welby, M.D.
1969-1976
  • 1973
No Score Yet The Flip Wilson Show
1970-1974
Guest
  • 1973

QUOTES FROM James Coco CHARACTERS