Tuesday, June 25, 2024

Nicolas Coster, Soap Star for Decades and “Actor’s Actor,” Hollywood Mainstay, Dies at Age 89


Nicolas Coster has died at age 89. His daughter called him “an actor’s actor” in her announcement, and she is right.

Coster came from a time when New York actors worked all the soap operas, went back and forth from them and made not only a good living, but a deep impression on the viewers. He was so popular that twice he played the same character on two different soaps. On “Another World” and its spin off “Somerset” he played Robert Delaney through most of the 70s. ON “As the World Turns” and its spin off he appeared as two different characters, one in the 1960s and one in the 1990s.

Coster was even better known for appearing on the LA based NBC soap, “Santa Barbara,” for a decade as Lionel Lockridge.

He had movie and TV credits as well. Those included “All the President’s Men” and “Slow Dancing in the Big City.”

A few years ago I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Coster at a Hollywood TV event. He was incredibly gracious, and talked about his incredible career, and his long run on soaps when I was in high school. He was an institution. More recently he won a Daytime Emmy in 2017 for a streaming soap.

Coster published a memoir in 2021 you can find here.

Condolences to his family, friends, and fans.

Roger Friedman
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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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