Nathan Cook

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Nathan Cook
Born Nathan Earl Cook
(1950-04-09)April 9, 1950
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Died June 11, 1988(1988-06-11) (aged 38)
Santa Monica, California, U.S.
Cause of death
penicillin allergy
Years active 1974–1988
Spouse(s) Cara Cook (?-1988) (his death) (2 children)[1]

Nathan Earl Cook (April 9, 1950 – June 11, 1988) was an American actor. His eldest brother, Edward Cook (born December 22, 1947, died 1995) was a ballet dancer and choreographer in Europe.


Cook was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. After graduation from Penn State University, he was hired as a member of the repertory company at Actors Theatre of Louisville, in Kentucky. After moving to Los Angeles in 1975, he was popularly known for roles on two television series. He played Milton Reese, one of the high school basketball players, on The White Shadow (1978–1980). He also played security head Billy Griffin on Hotel (1983–1988). Between these two he had a shorter role (1981–1982) as Detective Virgil Brooks in Hill Street Blues. He was involved for a time with the actress Alfre Woodard before marrying Cara Cook and having two children in 1984 and 1986.

He also made frequent appearances as a celebrity guest on the game shows Body Language, Super Password, and the $25,000 and $100,000 Pyramids, including helping a contestant win a $100,000 Pyramid Tournament of Champions in 1988.[2]


Cook, an accomplished jazz flute player, died in 1988 from a severe allergic reaction to penicillin. His body is interred at Rolling Green Memorial Park in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania.


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