Nicholas Georgiade, ‘The Untouchables’ Actor, Dies at 88

by Madison Miller

You likely would recognize him as Enrico “Rico” Rossi on the ABC crime drama, “The Untouchables.”

Sadly, the man that portrayed that character, Nicholas Georgiade, has passed away at the age of 88. He passed away on Sunday in Las Vegas and his nephew Nick Georgiade first announced the news. His cause of death has not been disclosed at this time.

Also, his daughter, Stazi, responded to his tragic death on Facebook as well.

“He lived 88 long years and had a beautiful life. He was also a wonderful father to me. I had the blessing to have him pass away in my arms tonight. Thank you in advance to all your kind words and prayers,” she wrote in the post.

As for Georgiade, he played a powerful character on the screen. It just so happened he felt like that person was a part of him and his family, as well.

“I’m playing myself. Sometimes actors have to be doctors of human behavior and the more they like their work the better they are at it. I’ve watched policemen and have been interested in their reactions. My brother George is a detective and he, like most cops, has the same emotions, fallibilities, frustrations and joys of all human beings,” he told the Chicago Tribune at the time.

A Look at Nicholas Georgiade’s Hollywood Career

As for Georgiade, he had quite the career in the entertainment world. Part of that is thanks to Lucille Ball. He first appeared in April 1959 in a two-part CBS project called “Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse.” He played a thug that eventually got apprehended. In fact, he was one of the very first members of Ball’s Desilu Workshop. She took interest in him after he played Marco in “A View From the Bridge.”

But for Georgiade, in real life, he was actually just a very inexperienced actor looking for his big break. That two-part show would be exactly that. It turned into the pilot for “The Untouchables.”

Five months after the pilot, Nicholas Georgiade started officially acting in this four-season series. This time around, however, he wasn’t just some thug. He instead plays the popular character, Rossi. He is a barber on the show, but, after someone kills his girlfriend in a shootout, he makes a big life change.

He decides to join the Prohibition-era federal agents team, which was led by Ness (or Robert Stack). Georgiade would continue to star in the series alongside his team composed of Abel Fernandez, Paul Picerni, and Steve London.

“Playing this part is a living experience and a new experience every time,” Nicholas Georgiade once said during a 1960 interview, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Although “The Untouchables” is his most popular role, Nicholas Georgiade had an extensive career under his belt. He also appeared in films and TV shows like “Run Buddy Run,” “The Young Runaways,” “Stacey,” “It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World,” “Seven,” “Mannix,” “The Equalizer,” and “Whirlybirds.”

His very last role was in the 2007 film “Three Days to Vegas.”