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Dennis Cole
Dennis Cole
(July 19, 1940 – November 15, 2009)[1] 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.[2] 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 charitable organizations.[2][3]

Contents

1 Career 2 Personal life

2.1 Death

3 References 4 External links

Career[edit] The ruggedly handsome Cole began performing in his native Detroit
Detroit
and moved to Los Angeles in the 1960s. His blond, athletic look of a quintessential California surfer, earned him the attention of physique magazines.[4] He worked as a model and stuntman before making the transition to acting.[2] 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!
Bearcats!
(1971).[5] 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, Fantasy Island, Three's Company
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.[5] Personal life[edit] 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.[6][7] Joe Cole, his only son from his first marriage with Sally Bergeron,[8] 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 remains unsolved.[9][10] 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.[2][3][2] 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 years recovering.[2][3] 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.[6] The couple owned and operated Celebrity Realty, Inc. The couple amicably divorced in 2008.[11][4] Death[edit] 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.[12] References[edit]

^ Hevesi, Dennis (November 23, 2009). "Dennis Cole, 'Felony Squad' Actor, Is Dead at 69". The New York Times. Retrieved November 23, 2009.  ^ a b c d e f https://www.emmys.com/news/news/actor-turned-activist-dennis-cole-dies-florida ^ a b c https://variety.com/2009/scene/news/actor-dennis-cole-dies-at-69-1118011417/ ^ a b https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/felony-squad-actor-dennis-cole-91359 ^ a b Dennis Cole
Dennis Cole
on IMDb ^ a b https://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/22/arts/television/22cole.html ^ http://people.com/archive/charlies-last-available-angel-jaclyn-smith-says-yes-to-dennis-cole-no-to-a-hyphen-vol-10-no-20/ ^ Roger Newcomb (November 17, 2009). " Dennis Cole
Dennis Cole
has passed away".  ^ Andy Carvin and Chris Crone. "Rollins Interview".  ^ " Actor
Actor
Dennis Cole
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 3, 2015.

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