Cole in 1971.
July 19, 1940|
|Died||November 15, 2009
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
|Spouse(s)||Sally Bergeron (1960-1965)
Jaclyn Smith (1978-1981)
Marjorie Fritz (2004-2009)
|Children||Joe Cole (deceased)|
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).
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 Love Boat, Fantasy Island, Three's Company, and Murder, She Wrote. He played Lance Prentiss on The Young and the Restless (1981–82). Cole's last television appearance was a 1998 episode of Pacific Blue.
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, was shot dead in a 1991 robbery attempt at the age of 30; the crime remains unsolved.
After the death of his son, Cole turned against acting projects containing violence. This decision led to the death of his Hollywood career, said LA publicist, Edward Lozzi. In point of fact, Cole continued to perform on TV and stage (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 wife Marjorie. They owned Celebrity Realty, Inc. He and Marjorie divorced in April 2008.
Cole also had two younger brothers, Eddie Wolf and Stanley Wolf. They were born in 1952 in Detroit, Michigan. Stanley remained in Detroit in later life, while Eddie moved to Knoxville, Tennessee. Both Eddie and Stanley died in 2008.
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- Notice of Dennis Cole's death
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