Nicholas Colasanto

Biography: Nicholas Colasanto, the actor and television director who achieved his greatest success as Coach on the TV series Cheers at the end of his career, was born January 19, 1924 in Providence, Rhode Island, one of seven children. He attended Providence's Central High School but did not graduate due to World War II, as he joined the Navy.

At the age of 28, he saw Henry Fonda perform on Broadway and was infected by the acting bug. Colasanto was primarily a dramatic actor but the producers of the TV comedy Cheers cast him as Ernie Coach Pantusso, the absent-minded and dumb but lovable bartender. The role made him famous and he earned an Emmy nomination as Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series each of the three years that he appeared on the show. Sadly, at the height of his fame, he died from a heart ailment at his home on February 15th, 1985. Cheers star Nick Colasanto had won many awards during his time with that hit show, which include: 1985 Nominated Emmy
Nicholas Colasanto, the actor and television director who achieved his greatest success as Coach on the TV series Cheers at the end of his career, was born January 19, 1924 in Providence, Rhode Island, one of seven children. He attended Providence's Central High School but did not graduate due to World War II, as he joined the Navy.

At the age of 28, he saw Henry Fonda perform on Broadway and was infected by the acting bug.

Colasanto was primarily a dramatic actor but the producers of the TV comedy Cheers cast him as Ernie Coach Pantusso, the absent-minded and dumb but lovable bartender. The role made him famous and he earned an Emmy nomination as Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series each of the three years that he appeared on the show.

Sadly, at the height of his fame, he died from a heart ailment at his home on February 15th, 1985.

Cheers star Nick Colasanto had won many awards during his time with that hit show, which include:
1985 Nominated Emmy Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series(Cheers 1982)
1984 nominated Emmy Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy, Variety or Music Series (Cheers 1982)
1985 Won Q award Best Supporting Actor in a Quality Comedy Series (Cheers 1982)
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Title: Year: Credit: User score:
tbd Cheers: Season 11 Sep 24, 1992 Ernie "Coach" Pantusso (1982-1985) 10
tbd Cheers: Season 9 Sep 20, 1990 Ernie "Coach" Pantusso (1982-1985) 10
tbd Cheers: Season 8 Sep 21, 1989 Ernie "Coach" Pantusso (1982-1985) 10
tbd Cheers: Season 7 Oct 27, 1988 Ernie "Coach" Pantusso (1982-1985) 10
tbd Cheers: Season 3 Sep 27, 1984 Ernie "Coach" Pantusso 9.0
tbd Cheers: Season 2 Sep 29, 1983 Ernie "Coach" Pantusso 8.3
tbd Cheers: Season 1 Sep 30, 1982 Ernie "Coach" Pantusso 8.2
tbd Starsky & Hutch: Season 4 Sep 12, 1978 Director tbd
tbd CHiPs: Season 1 Sep 15, 1977 Director 7.0
tbd The Streets of San Francisco (1972): Season 3 Sep 12, 1974 Director tbd
tbd Shaft: Season 1 Oct 9, 1973 Director 8.0
tbd Columbo: Season 3 Sep 23, 1973 Director tbd
tbd Columbo: Season 2 Sep 17, 1972 Director tbd
tbd Bonanza: Season 14 Sep 12, 1972 Director 10
tbd Alias Smith and Jones: Season 1 Jan 5, 1971 Director tbd
tbd Hawaii Five-O (1968): Season 2 Sep 24, 1969 Director tbd
tbd Ironside: Season 2 Sep 19, 1968 Director tbd