Nicolas Coster, a renowned British-American actor recognized for his notable contributions to television shows such as Santa Barbara, All My Children, and All the President’s Men, has passed away at the age of 89.
On Monday evening, Dinneen Coster, the actor’s daughter, confirmed his demise through a heartfelt post on social media. She shared the sad news on her father’s book page on Facebook, expressing her deep sorrow and stating, “It is with great sadness that I announce the passing of Nicolas Coster this evening in a hospital in Florida. Please remember him as an exceptional artist and an actor’s actor! I will forever be inspired by him and feel incredibly fortunate to have had such an amazing father! May he rest in peace.”
Although he was born in London, England in 1933, Coster spent the majority of his formative years in California. He later ventured back to England to pursue studies at the prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, and subsequently honed his acting skills under the guidance of Lee Strasberg in New York.
Throughout the 1960s and ’70s, Coster secured numerous television roles and also graced the silver screen in notable films such as All the President’s Men and 1776. While primarily known for his guest appearances on various television series, he eventually embarked on an illustrious career in daytime television.
Coster made memorable appearances on shows including The Blue Knight, Charlie’s Angels, Little House on the Prairie, Baretta, The Rockford Files, One Day at a Time, Wonder Woman, The Incredible Hulk, and Dallas. Although born in England, he established himself in the American television industry, acquiring recurring roles in All My Children, As the World Turns, One Life to Live, and Another World. However, his most prominent and enduring role was on Santa Barbara, where he portrayed the character Lionel Lockridge.
The cause of his death remains undisclosed, leaving a void in the entertainment world as fans mourn the loss of this remarkable actor.