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Michael Cole Biography

Birth Name:
Michael Charles Cole
Birth Place:
Madison, Wisconsin, United States

Fast Facts

  • 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


  • Ted Cole -- Brother
  • Jennifer Holly Cole -- Daughter
  • Paula Kelly -- Ex-wife
  • Kathleen Hyland -- Mother
  • Colleen -- Sister
  • Debbie -- Sister
  • Shelley Funes -- Wife