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Nicholas Colasanto

  • Birth 19 Jan 1924 Providence, Providence County, Rhode Island, USA
  • Death 12 Feb 1985 Studio City, Los Angeles County, California, USA
  • Burial Cranston, Providence County, Rhode Island, USA
  • Plot Section 31, Lot 211
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  • Memorial ID 2372

Actor, Director. Although best known for his role as 'Coach Ernie Pantusso' on "Cheers," Colasanto actually had more credits for directing television shows such as "Bonanza," "Starsky and Hutch," "Hawaii Five-O," and "Columbo." He also appeared in movies such as "Raging Bull" and Alfred Hitchcock's "Family Plot," and made guest appearances on many other TV shows throughout the 1960s and 70s. Born in Rhode Island, he was one of seven children. He left high school to join the Navy and served in World War II, earning two medals and an honorable service lapel button. After the war he came home to finish high school and then attended Bryant College, graduating in 1949. Colasanto originally intended to become an accountant, but after seeing Henry Fonda perform on Broadway, he turned to show business. Bryant College's class of 1985 honored Colasanto by dedicating a common room in one of the college buildings to him; the room, called "Nick's Place," is decorated with mementos of his career, including a tie and apron worn by Colasanto in his role as "Coach." The final episode of "Cheers" in which he appeared was called "Cheerio, Cheers," and aired on April 11, 1985.

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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Added: 1 Jan 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 2372
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Nicholas Colasanto (19 Jan 1924–12 Feb 1985), Find A Grave Memorial no. 2372, citing Saint Ann Cemetery, Cranston, Providence County, Rhode Island, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .