Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Dennis Cole Has Passed At Age 69

Dennis Cole, known to soap fans from his roles as Duke Spalding on Ted Corday's PARADISE BAY and the second Lance Prentiss on THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, died Sunday at Holy Cross Hospital in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. He was 69.

The cause of death was not released.

Cole starred for 2 1/2 years on the primetime series FELONY as as rookie detective Jim Briggs on "Felony." After that, Cole followed with the series BRACKEN'S WORLD and BEARCATS!

Cole guest-starred on such series as POLICE STORY, THE LOVE BOAT and CHARLIE'S ANGELS, where he met his second wife, Jaclyn Smith, to whom he was married from 1978-81.

He encountered tragedy in 1991 when his son Joe, from his first marriage to Sally Ann Bergeron, was murdered during a home invasion robbery. The case was never solved.

In recent years, Cole became a real estate broker in Fort Lauderdale with his wife, Ree Cole, whom he recently divorced amicably. He is survived by his brother Richard.


  1. I recently learned he passed away. So sad he didn't live to see his son's murder solved. I hope someday his son's murder is solved. Whoever did it needs to pay for what they did. Joe Cole didn't deserve to die the way he did. All he was doing was coming home from the grocery store. It's sad when coming to and from the grocery store isn't safe.

  2. Dennis inspired me and no one was ever more kind to me and supportive than Dennis. Besides his acting I think Dennis would like to be remembered as a pretty good trumpet player. His foot was a constant source of physical pain and kept him from returning to the stage. He's with his son now and one day we will all be together.