Dennis Cole

Dennis Cole

Cole in 1971.
Born (1940-07-19)July 19, 1940
Detroit, Michigan, United States
Died November 15, 2009(2009-11-15) (aged 69)
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States
Cause of death Kidney failure
Occupation Actor
Years active 1961-2006
Spouse(s) Sally Bergeron (1960-1965; divorced); 1 child
Jaclyn Smith (1978-1981; divorced)
Marjorie Fritz (2004-2009; divorced)
Children Joe Cole (deceased)

Dennis Cole (July 19, 1940 November 15, 2009)[1] was an American film and television actor.


Before breaking into acting, Cole was a model for men's physique magazines. 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 series Bearcats! (1971).[2]

Cole continued to make guest appearances in numerous television series, such as Medical Center, Police Story, Charlie's Angels, The Feather and Father Gang, The Eddie Capra Mysteries, The Love Boat, Fantasy Island, Three's Company and Murder, She Wrote, and played Lance Prentiss on The Young and the Restless (1981–82). His 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.[2]

Personal life

All three of Cole's marriages ended in divorce. Cole's second wife was actress Jaclyn Smith; they were married from 1978 to 1981. Joe Cole, his only son from first wife Sally Bergeron,[3] was shot dead in a 1991 robbery attempt at the age of 30; the crime remains unsolved.[4][5]

After the death of his son, Cole turned against acting projects containing violence. He 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. Severe injuries suffered while performing in the latter show led to multiple surgeries, a three-year convalescence and a new direction.

Cole remarried and relocated to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida where he returned to school and opened up his own real estate company with his third wife, Marjorie. They owned Celebrity Realty, Inc. The couple divorced in 2008.[6]


Cole died at Holy Cross Hospital in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on November 15, 2009, aged 69, from renal failure. He was survived by his older brother Richard.[7]


  1. Hevesi, Dennis (November 23, 2009). "Dennis Cole, 'Felony Squad' Actor, Is Dead at 69". The New York Times. Retrieved November 23, 2009.
  2. 1 2 Dennis Cole at the Internet Movie Database
  3. Roger Newcomb (November 17, 2009). "Dennis Cole has passed away".
  4. Andy Carvin and Chris Crone. "Rollins Interview".
  5. "Actor Dennis Cole dead at 69". November 11, 2009.
  6. "Business Profile for Fort Lauderdale, Florida". City-data. Retrieved November 21, 2009.
  7. Notice of Dennis Cole's death,; accessed June 3, 2015.
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