Nicholas Colasanto

Nicholas Colasanto

Highest Rated: 100% Fat City (1972)

Lowest Rated: 92% Family Plot (1976)

Birthday: Jan 19, 1924

Birthplace: Providence, Rhode Island, USA

While Nicholas Colasanto achieved his greatest success in the twilight of his career, playing absent-minded but lovable bartender "Coach" on the hit sitcom "Cheers," the Providence, Rhode Island-born actor took on numerous dramatic roles, too, as well as forays into directing for TV. After a brief stint as an accountant in the 1950s, Colasanto, inspired by a Henry Fonda performance on Broadway, joined a small theater company in Phoenix, Arizona. He soon landed in New York City, appearing in off-Broadway stage productions and TV commercials. Despite a burgeoning career as a supporting actor, Colasanto started making his mark as a TV director in the late '60s and '70s, working on such shows as "Columbo," "Starsky and Hutch," and "Hawaii Five-O." While he remained active as a director into the early 1980s, Colasanto took one final, memorable acting role as the friendly but easily forgetful barkeep Ernie "Coach" Pantusso on "Cheers." The role earned Colasanto three Best Supporting Actor nominations shortly before his death from heart failure in 1985. In the final scene of the series, in 1993, bar owner Sam Malone (Ted Danson) took a moment to straighten a photo of the Indian chief Geronimo on the bar's back wall: the photo had been a memento that Colasanto kept in his dressing room on the Cheers set, which was added to the bar's decor after his death.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
93% 93% Raging Bull Tommy Como (Character) $87.3K 1980
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mad Bull Duke Sallow (Character) - 1977
92% 62% Family Plot Constantine (Character) - 1976
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Return of the World's Greatest Detective Lieutenant Nick Tinker (Character) - 1976
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Best of All the Safecrackers Prolaci (Character) - 1974
100% 85% Fat City Ruben (Character) - 1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Love to Remember Director - 1970

TV

Credit
No Score Yet 92% Cheers Ernie "Coach" Pantusso (Character) 1982-1985
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo Director 1981
No Score Yet No Score Yet Starsky and Hutch Director 1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet CHiPs Director 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet Police Story Director 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet Kojak Unknown (Guest Star) 1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet Shaft Director 1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Streets of San Francisco Joe Patruro (Guest Star) 1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bonanza Director 1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet Alias Smith and Jones Director 1971
No Score Yet No Score Yet Monty Nash Director 1971
No Score Yet No Score Yet McCloud Director 1970
No Score Yet No Score Yet Here Come the Brides Director 1970
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Governor & J.J. Director 1969
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mannix Mac Wagner (Guest Star) 1968
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Felony Squad Director 1968
No Score Yet No Score Yet Garrison's Gorillas Director 1967-1968
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mission: Impossible Unknown (Guest Star) 1967
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Fugitive Matt (Guest Star) 1966
100% No Score Yet The Man From U.N.C.L.E. Unknown (Guest Star) 1966
No Score Yet No Score Yet I Spy Unknown (Guest Star) 1965-1966
No Score Yet No Score Yet My Favorite Martian Unknown (Guest Star) 1966
No Score Yet No Score Yet Ben Casey Ambulance Attendant (Guest Star) 1964
No Score Yet No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Hour Unknown (Character) 1964

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