- Tended bar in Las Vegas before turning to acting.
- Made guest appearances on Gunsmoke and Run for Your Life before starring on The Mod Squad.
- Aaron Spelling picked him for the role of Pete Cochran on The Mod Squad; although Cole did not want the part at first, Spelling talked him into it.
- Became somewhat reclusive after his mother died of breast cancer.
- Toured with theater productions after The Mod Squad ended.
- Entered the Betty Ford Center in 1994 for alcoholism.
- Paula Kelly — Ex-wife
- Colleen — Sister
- Ted Cole — Brother
- Kathleen Hyland — Mother
- Jennifer Holly Cole — Daughter
- Debbie — Sister
- Shelley Funes — Wife
- Birth Name: Michael Charles Cole
- Birth Place: Madison, WI
- Profession: Actor
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