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Nicholas Colasanto

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Nicholas Colasanto ’s Birthday Highlights

Birth Name

Nicholas Colasanto

Eye Color

Dark Brown

Place Of Birth

Providence, USA

Age

61 years old (died on February 12, 1985)

Birth Date

January 19, 1924

Star Sign

Nicholas Colasanto Facts

Child Star?

No

Occupation

Actor, Television Director

Education & Qualifications

American Academy of Dramatic Arts

Net Worth

$1.5 million

Height

1.7m (5'7"")

Nationality

American

Chinese Year

Year of the Rat

Annual Earnings

$200 thousand+ per year

About Nicholas Colasanto 

Nicholas Colasanto was an actor from America who rose to fame in the realm of acting as Coach Ernie Pantusso in the series 'Cheers' (1982-1993).

Nicholas Colasanto was born on January 19, 1924, in Providence, Rhode Island. He worked in the Navy of his nation during World War II and was later recognized as a veteran of his nation.

He studied at Byrant University and later pursued an acting course. The actor started his career after getting inspiration from the American actor Henry Fonda and started acting in many series. The actor had also worked as a director in drama series including 'Bonanza' and 'Run For Your Life', 'Hawaii Five-O', and 'Columbo'.

Nicholas Colasanto also acted in several feature films, including 'The Counterfeit Killer' released in the year 1968, 'Fat City' released in the year 1972, and 'Family Plot' by Alfred Hitchcock, released in the year 1976.

He also acted in a sports drama film named 'Raging Bull' released in 1980, which gained him immense popularity, and he accumulated many fans and followers.

He was diagnosed with heart disease in the year 1970 and died at the age of 61 years due to a massive heart attack on February 12, 1985.

Nicholas Colasanto Net Worth, Earnings & Spending Habits

What was Nicholas Colasanto's net worth?

The famous actor from America had accumulated a net worth of approximately $1.5 million. The actor earned a fortune when he started acting and directing TV series.

How much did Nicholas Colasanto earn per year?

It is believed that Nicholas Colasanto had earned a good fortune from his acting and direction in films and series. The annual earnings of Nicholas Colasanto were approximately $200,000.

Height, Age & Physical Attributes

How tall was Nicholas Colasanto?

Nicholas Colasanto was 5 ft 8 in (173 cm) tall.

How old was Nicholas Colasanto?

Nicholas Colasanto was a renowned actor of his time, but he died out of a massive heart attack on February 12, 1985, at the age of 61 years.

Childhood And Education

Nicholas was born in the city of Rhode Island. Nicholas Colasanto was the seventh child of his parents and was a descendant of Italy.

He was educated at Providence Central High School, situated in Rhode Island. Before completing his graduation, he joined the Navy of his country and worked as a coxswain during World War II.

He pursued his education after returning to Rhode Island. He also studied at Bryant University and pursued his graduate degree in the year 1949.

He worked on construction sites to support his family and his education.

Gradually he became passionate about acting and pursued an acting course at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.

Family, Romance, And Relationships

Who was Nicholas Colasanto's partner?

Nicholas Colasanto was married to Charlene D. Jennings in the year 1972 and was divorced in the same year. The actor did not have any relationship after that and was single till his death in 1985.

Career And Professional Highlights

Best Known For…

Colasanto is best known for the role of coach Pantusso in the NBC series 'Cheers'.

Nicholas Colasanto gradually gained interest in acting as he was inspired by Henry Fonda Broadway. He worked in the theater productions in Phoenix and Arizona and also worked in the off-Broadway productions.

Nicolas Colasanto acquired huge fans and followers with his role of Coach Ernie Pantusso in 'Cheers' and stepped into the realm of immense popularity.

He acted in various television advertisements and also directed many Television series as an actor. His renowned directions included the drama series 'Run for Your Life', which was released in the year 1965 and ended in 1968. He also directed films like 'Mission: Impossible' released in the year 1967, 'Hawaii Five-O' released between 1969-70, 'Bonanza' released in the year 1972; and 'Columbo'.

He was also a cast member in films like 'Fat City' released in the year 1972 and the 'Raging Bull', the sports drama, 'The Counterfeit Killer' released in the year 1968, 'The Manchu Eagle Murder Caper Mystery' released in the year 1975 and 'Family Plot' released in the year 1968.

What awards did Nicholas Colasanto win?

Nicholas Colasanto was awarded the War Victory Medal and Honorable Service Lapel Button for working as a coxswain in the War.

He was awarded by Viewers for Quality Television as the Best Supporting Actor on April 19 in the year 1985, after his death.

In addition, he received 3 Emmy nominations in the category of Outstanding Supporting Actor in comedy series for his role as Coach consecutively in 1983, 1984, and 1985.

Nicholas Colasanto's Hobbies And Interests

Nicholas Colasanto was very inspired and passionate about acting. He acted in many roles in theatre plays and series from an early age. He was equally passionate about directing series and directing many drama series.

Other Interesting Nicholas Colasanto Facts And Trivia

  • Nicolas Colasanto was a renowned actor recognized for his acting and direction in sitcoms and drama series.
  • Colasanto was of Italian descent, born in Rhode Island.
  • He worked along with Shelley Long in the American comedy series 'Cheers'.
  • He pursued a course in dramatic arts and was a TV director. Before stepping into the arena of acting, he planned to work in an oil company as an accountant and relocate to Saudi Arabia.
  • He was known as one of the best celebrities of his time.
  • He had worked in Hollywood films and worked in the character of Coach Ernie Pantusso and also acted in the character of Tommy Como, mob boss in 'Raging Bull'.
  • He also worked as a television director and managed acting and direction equally.
  • Nicholas died of a massive heart attack in the year 1985 at the age of 61 years.
  • He died in the year 1985 in the studio city of California. His final resting place is in his hometown, Cranston, located in Rhode Island in Saint Ann Cemetary.
  • His memorial service was attended by John Ratzenberger, his old friend from 'Cheers', along with all the stars of the series.
  • The Bryant University alumna was an alcoholic for a large part of his life and joined the abstinence program Alcoholics Anonymous and became an active member of the program.
  • The actor had no children.
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