On This Day … 19 January [2023]

People (Births)

  • 1924 – Nicholas Colasanto, American actor and director (d. 1985).
  • 1957 – Roger Ashton-Griffiths, English actor, screenwriter and film director.

People (Deaths)

  • 1996 – Don Simpson, American actor, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1943).
  • 2017 – Miguel Ferrer, American actor (b. 1955).

Nicholas Colasanto

Nicholas Colasanto (19 January 1924 to 12 February 1985) was an American actor and television director who is best known for his role as “Coach” Ernie Pantusso in the American television sitcom Cheers.

He served in the United States Navy during World War II and later attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in the 1950s.

Roger Ashton-Griffiths

Roger Ashton-Griffiths (born 19 January 1957) is an English character actor, screenwriter and film director. He is best known for his role as Mace Tyrell in the HBO fantasy series Game of Thrones.

Don Simpson

Donald Clarence Simpson (29 October 1943 to 19 January 1996) was an American film producer, screenwriter, and actor. Simpson and his producing partner Jerry Bruckheimer produced hit films such as Flashdance (1983), Beverly Hills Cop (1984), Top Gun (1986), and The Rock (1996). At the time of his death in 1996, Simpson’s films’ total gross was $3 billion worldwide.

Miguel Ferrer

Miguel José Ferrer (07 February 1955 to 19 January 2017) was an American actor. His breakthrough role was as Bob Morton in the 1987 film RoboCop. Other film roles include Quigley in Blank Check (1994), Harbinger in Hot Shots! Part Deux (1993), Shan Yu in Mulan (1998), Eduardo Ruiz in Traffic (2000) and Vice President Rodriguez in Iron Man 03 (2013). Ferrer’s notable television roles include FBI Agent Albert Rosenfield on Twin Peaks (1990-1991, 2017), Tarakudo on Jackie Chan Adventures (2000-2005), Dr. Garret Macy on Crossing Jordan (2001-2007) and NCIS Assistant Director Owen Granger on NCIS: Los Angeles (2012-2017).

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