Dennis Cole (July 19, 1940 – November 15, 2009) was an
American actor in film and television. A familiar face on the screen
during the 1960s and 1970s, Cole made guest appearances in numerous
television series. After the 1991 death of his son, Joe Cole, he
became an Actor-turned-Activist, speaking against violence on
television. Cole worked with the Nicole Brown Charitable Foundation to
raise awareness for victims of crime, as well as with the Cancer
Society, the Arthritis and Cystic Fibrosis foundations and other
2 Personal life
4 External links
The ruggedly handsome Cole began performing in his native
moved to Los Angeles in the 1960s. His blond, athletic look of a
quintessential California surfer, earned him the attention of physique
magazines. He worked as a model and stuntman before making the
transition to acting. His first big acting break came when he
landed a starring role in the ABC police drama Felony Squad, which ran
from 1966 to 1969. He appeared for one season (1969–1970) as
stuntman Davey Evans in Bracken's World. He then co-starred with Rod
Taylor in the TV series
Bearcats! (1971). He then played Lance
Prentiss on the TV soap series
The Young and the Restless
The Young and the Restless (1981–82).
Cole continued to make guest appearances in numerous television
series, such as Medical Center, Police Story, Charlie's Angels, Vega$,
The Feather and Father Gang, The Eddie Capra Mysteries, The Love Boat,
Three's Company and Murder, She Wrote. Cole's feature
film career included roles in
Cave-In! (1983), Wheels of Fire (1985),
Pretty Smart (1987), and the horror film Zombie Death House (1987),
directed by John Saxon. Cole's last television appearance was a 1998
episode of Pacific Blue.
All three of Cole's marriages ended in divorce. In 1976, when Cole
guest starred on the set of Charlie's Angels, he met his second wife
actress Jaclyn Smith. After a 19-month courtship the couple wed. His
marriage to Smith lasted from 1978 to 1981.
Joe Cole, his only son from his first marriage with Sally Bergeron,
was shot dead in 1991, at the age of 30, during a home invasion
robbery attempt in the Venice section of Los Angeles. That crime
After the 1991 death of his son, Cole became an Actor-turned-Activist,
speaking against violence on television. He worked with the Nicole
Brown Charitable Foundation to raise awareness for victims of crime,
as well as with the Cancer Society, the Arthritis and Cystic Fibrosis
foundations and other charitable organizations.
Cole also continued to perform; as the "Narrator" in a production of
Blood Brothers and the James Garner "King Marchan" role in the first
national tour of the musical Victor/Victoria. While working on a
national tour of Victor/Victoria, Cole was injured and spent three
Cole remarried and relocated to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, where he
returned to school, became a real-estate broker and opened up his own
real estate company with his third wife, Marjorie Cole. The couple
owned and operated Celebrity Realty, Inc. The couple amicably divorced
Cole died at Holy Cross Hospital in
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Fort Lauderdale, Florida on
November 15, 2009, aged 69, from renal failure, and was buried at the
Forest Lawn, Hollywood Hills Cemetery in Los Angeles.
He was survived by his older brother Richard.
^ Hevesi, Dennis (November 23, 2009). "Dennis Cole, 'Felony Squad'
Actor, Is Dead at 69". The New York Times. Retrieved November 23,
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^ Roger Newcomb (November 17, 2009). "
Dennis Cole has passed
^ Andy Carvin and Chris Crone. "Rollins Interview".
Dennis Cole dead at 69". November 11, 2009.
^ "Business Profile for Fort Lauderdale, Florida". City-data.
Retrieved November 21, 2009.
^ Notice of Dennis Cole's death, hollywoodreporter.com; accessed June
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