|Born||July 19, 1940
|Died||November 15, 2009 (aged 69)
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
|Spouse(s)||Sally Bergeron (1960-1965)
Jaclyn Smith (1978-1981)
Marjorie Fritz (2004-2009)
Before breaking into acting, Cole was a model for men's physique magazines. His first big acting break came when he landed a starring role in the ABC police drama Felony Squad, which ran from 1966 to 1969. He appeared for one season (1969–1970) as stuntman Davey Evans in Bracken's World. He then costarred with Rod Taylor in the series Bearcats! (1971).
Cole continued to make guest appearances in numerous television series, such as Medical Center, Police Story, Charlie's Angels, The Love Boat, Fantasy Island, Three's Company, and Murder, She Wrote. He played Lance Prentiss on The Young and the Restless (1981–82). Cole's last television appearance was a 1998 episode of Pacific Blue.
All three of Cole's marriages ended in divorce. Cole's second wife was actress Jaclyn Smith; they were married from 1978 to 1981. Joe Cole, his only son from first wife Sally Bergeron, was shot dead in a 1991 robbery attempt at the age of 30; the crime remains unsolved.
After the death of his son, Cole turned against acting projects containing violence. This decision led to the death of his Hollywood career, said LA publicist, Edward Lozzi. Cole remarried and relocated to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida where he worked in real estate with his wife Marjorie "Ree". They owned Celebrity Realty, Inc.
Miami television station WPLG reported on November 2, 2007, that Cole had been arrested in Fort Lauderdale on an obstruction of justice charge. It was alleged that police were attempting to serve a domestic violence injunction to Cole when he barricaded himself within a room in his home. Police had to force their way into the room to apprehend the actor. He was taken into custody and held at the Broward County jail. At the time, WPLG reported that Cole and his wife were going through a divorce, according to court records.
Cole died at Holy Cross Hospital in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on November 15, 2009, aged 69, from renal failure. He is survived by his brother Richard.