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James Coco (1930–1987)


Born in New York City of humble means, character player James Coco was the son of Feliche, an Italian shoemaker, and Ida (Detestes) Coco. Shining shoes as a youngster with his father, his interest in acting occurred early on as a child. At age 17 he toured with a children's theatre troupe for three years portraying Old King Cole and Hans Brinker. ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

Man of La Mancha
Man of La Mancha Sancho Panza / Cervantes' Manservant
(1972)
Only When I Laugh
Only When I Laugh Jimmy Perrino
(1981)
The Muppets Take Manhattan
The Muppets Take Manhattan Mr. Skeffington
(1984)
Murder by Death
Murder by Death Milo Perrier
(1976)

Filmography

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 1989 That's Adequate
Max Roebling
 1988 The Chair
Dr. Harold Woodhouse Langer
 1987 The Stepford Children (TV Movie)
Mr. Jamison
 1987 Hunk
Dr. D
 1985-1987 Who's the Boss? (TV Series)
Nick Milano
- Diet in Cell Block 11 (1987) ... Nick Milano
- The Prodigal Father-in-Law (1985) ... Nick Milano
- Tony's Father-in-Law (1985) ... Nick Milano
 1986 There Must Be a Pony (TV Movie)
Mervin Trellis
 1986 Brothers (TV Series)
Mel Roth
- The Play's the Thing (1986) ... Mel Roth
 1985 The Twilight Zone (TV Series)
Maury Winkler (segment "Act Break")
- Act Break/The Burning Man/Dealer's Choice (1985) ... Maury Winkler (segment "Act Break")
 1985 The Booth (TV Movie) (segment "Death at Dinner")
 1985 The Ray Bradbury Theater (TV Series)
Braling
- Marionettes, Inc. (1985) ... Braling
 1978-1985 The Love Boat (TV Series)
Lou Tangle / Lou Stevens / Marion Atkins, the Author
- Rocky/Julie's Dilemma/Who's Who? (1978) ... Marion Atkins, the Author
 1984 Johnny Dangerously
Moronie's Bouncer (uncredited)
 1984 Murder, She Wrote (TV Series)
Horatio Baldwin
- We're Off to Kill the Wizard (1984) ... Horatio Baldwin
 1984 The Muppets Take Manhattan
Mr. Skeffington
 1984 Mr. Success (TV Movie)
Vernon Silt
 1984 Alice (TV Series)
Dr. Harvey Gordon
- Alice and the Devoted Dentist (1984) ... Dr. Harvey Gordon
 1983 Great Performances (TV Series)
King of Hearts
- Alice in Wonderland (1983) ... King of Hearts
 1983 Fantasy Island (TV Series)
King Louie
- Midnight Waltz/Let Them Eat Cake (1983) ... King Louie
 1982 The Curious Case of Santa Claus (TV Movie)
Santa Claus
 1982 St. Elsewhere (TV Series)
Arnie
- Cora and Arnie (1982) ... Arnie
 1982 Matt Houston (TV Series)
J. Hamilton Goodfellow
- Recipe for Murder (1982) ... J. Hamilton Goodfellow
 1981 Only When I Laugh
Jimmy Perrino
 1980 The Diary of Anne Frank (TV Movie)
Van Daan
 1980 Wholly Moses!
Hyssop
 1979 Scavenger Hunt
Henri
 1979 Trapper John, M.D. (TV Series)
Jennings
- Flashback (1979) ... Jennings
 1979 $weepstake$ (TV Series)
Pete
- Episode #1.3 (1979) ... Pete
 1979 The French Atlantic Affair (TV Mini-Series)
Georges Sauvinage
- Episode #1.2 (1979) ... Georges Sauvinage
- Episode #1.1 (1979) ... Georges Sauvinage
- Episode #1.3 ... Georges Sauvinage
 1978 The Cheap Detective
Marcel
 1978 Bye Bye Monkey
Andreas Flaxman
 1977 Charleston
Joe Lo Monaco
 1976 Maude (TV Series)
Dr. Channing McGrath
- Maude's New Friends (1976) ... Dr. Channing McGrath
 1976 Your Place or Mine? (TV Movie)
Charlie Pelligrino
 1976 Murder by Death
Milo Perrier
 1976 The Dumplings (TV Series)
Joe Dumpling
- Joe Takes a Fall (1976) ... Joe Dumpling
- The Foundling (1976) ... Joe Dumpling
- The Other Woman (1976) ... Joe Dumpling
- Cully's Sister (1976) ... Joe Dumpling
- Sweetzer's Image (1976) ... Joe Dumpling
 1975 Medical Center (TV Series)
- The Rip-Off (1975)
 1975 The Wild Party
Jolly Grimm
 1973 Calucci's Department (TV Series)
Calucci / Joe Calucci
- Calucci's Raison D'Etre (1973) ... Calucci
- Calucci and the Chicken or the Egg (1973) ... Calucci
- A Mother's Love (1973) ... Calucci
- Life Is an Anchovy (1973) ... Calucci
- Episode #1.7 (1973) ... Joe Calucci
 1973 Marcus Welby, M.D. (TV Series)
Quentin Bailey
- Gemini Descending (1973) ... Quentin Bailey
 1972 Man of La Mancha
Sancho Panza / Cervantes' Manservant
 1971 Such Good Friends
Timmy
 1971 A New Leaf
Uncle Harry
 1970 The Strawberry Statement
Grocer
 1970 End of the Road
School Man
 1969 Generation
Mr. Blatto
 1969 The Littlest Angel (TV Movie)
The Father
 1969 NBC Experiment in Television (TV Series)
- Big Sur (1969)
 1967-1969 N.Y.P.D. (TV Series)
- The Witness (1967)
 1968 New York Television Theatre (TV Series)
- Apple Pie (1968)
 1966 ABC Stage 67 (TV Series)
Mr. Zuckerman
- On the Flip Side (1966) ... Mr. Zuckerman
 1966 Directions (TV Series)
- The 11th Man (1966)
 1965 The Patty Duke Show (TV Series)
Director
- Patty Meets a Celebrity (1965) ... Director
 1964 Ensign Pulver
Skouras
 1961 The Power and the Glory (TV Movie)
Mexican Soldier (uncredited)
 1956 The Edge of Night (TV Series)
Stubby (1967-1968) / JoJo (1969)
 1952 Guiding Light (TV Series)
Carlo Fontini (1986-1987)
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Stage: Appeared (as "Doctor") in "Everybody Loves Opal" on Broadway. Comedy. Written by John Patrick. Scenic Design / Lighting Design by Jo Mielziner. Costume Design by Noel Taylor. Associated with Designer to Mr. Mielziner: Richard Casler. Assistant Scenic Design: Aristides Gazetas. Assistant to Mr. Taylor: George Sullivan. Directed ... See more »

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Height:

5' 10" (1.78 m)
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Personal Quote:

Maggie Smith acts like Quentin Crisp in drag. See more »

Trivia:

Mr. Coco was memorialized in an episode of the hit sitcom, _"Who's the Boss" (1984) {A Farewell to Nick (#4.7})_. The series had featured him in a recurring role, his last, as "Grandpa Nick". See more »

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