Alex Cord, ‘Airwolf’ and ‘Stagecoach’ Actor, Dies at 88

by Matthew Wilson

Actor Alex Cord has passed away. The actor starred as Michael Coldsmith III, a.ka. Archangel, on the series “Airwolf” in the 1980s. Cord was 88-years-old.

Cord’s publicist Linda McAlister revealed the actor passed away. According to McAlister, Cord died while at his home on Monday (Aug. 9). Airwolf was a military drama in the 1980s featuring Cord and an ensemble. Cord appeared in 55 episodes of the series as Coldsmith.

The show ran for a total of four seasons from 1984-1987. CBS initially canceled the series after season three. But fortunately for “Airwolf” fans, USA Network revived the series for a fourth season. That season opted for a reboot of sorts, featuring a different cast. Ernest Borgnine, Deborah Pratt, Jan Michael Vincent and Jean Bruce Scott also starred in the series as well.

Cord was born in Floral Park, New York, in 1933. He found a passion for acting early in life. Cord went to school at the American Shakespeare Theater honing his craft for acting. He also went to school at New York University as well. His first starring role came during an episode of the 1960s western “Laramie.” He quickly followed that up by appearing on “Frontier Circus,” another western.

Alex Cord and His Career

Alex Cord also starred in a 1960s remake of “Stagecoach” as well. Cord starred as the Ringo Kid, a part first made famous by John Wayne. “Stagecoach” was the Duke’s first ticket to stardom in the early 1900s. It ended up being remade a handful of times. Though he never reached Wayne’s heights, Cord carved himself a remarkable career as an actor.

Cord starred alongside Chuck Connors in an episode of the series “Branded” as well. That series cast Connors as a U.S. Army officer trying to clear his name. The actor later appeared alongside Kirk Douglas in the mafia-focused “The Brotherhood.” When Cord made a guest appearance on “Night Gallery,” he left with more than just a paycheck. Cord met his future wife Joanna Pettet on set and sparks quickly flew.

Cord ended up marrying twice during his life. He later divorced Pettet and married author Susannah Boye-Moller Cord. He also had two children, Toni Aluisa and Wayne Viespi as well. After retiring, Cord moved to Fort Worth, Texas. He stayed good friends with his “Laramie” co-star Robert Fuller, suggesting he move to Texas as well to raise horses.

The two continued making appearances together at western film festivals. “Airwolf” and western fans will remember Cord through his works.