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WWII – Nicholas Colasanto

Nicholas Colasanto was an American actor, known primarily for his role as Ernie ‘Coach’ Pantusso on the long-running sitcom Cheers. A decorated veteran of World War II, he also directed various television series, such as Starsky and Hutch and CHiPs. Colasanto died of a heart ailment at the age of 61, just as Cheers was […]

WWII – Nicholas Colasanto

Nicholas Colasanto was an American actor, known primarily for his role as Ernie ‘Coach’ Pantusso on the long-running sitcom Cheers. A decorated veteran of World War II, he also directed various television series, such as Starsky and Hutch and CHiPs. Colasanto died of a heart ailment at the age of 61, just as Cheers was achieving its greatest success. He was replaced by Woody Harrelson. After his death, his presence on the show was represented by the placing of a picture of Geronimo on the wall of the show’s primary set. The photo had previously hung in Colasanto’s dressing room and was said to hold a special meaning to the actor. The picture remained on the set for the rest of the series’ run.

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