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This article is about The Mod Squad actor, Michael Cole. For the WWE announcer, see Michael Cole.
Michael Cole

Clarence Williams III, Cole, Peggy Lipton, Tige Andrews. Publicity photo for the The Mod Squad, a television series.
Born July 3, 1945 (1945-07-03) (age 64)
Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1961–present

Michael Cole (born July 3, 1945) is an American actor. His career includes a leading role as Pete Cochran on the television crime drama, The Mod Squad, which ran from 1968 to 1973.


Cole has appeared in numerous films and TV shows, beginning in 1961 with a role in the film drama, Forbid Them Not. Other film credits include the role of "Mark" in the science fiction film, The Bubble (1967), later titled, "The Fantastic Invasion." As, "Alan Miller" in, The Last Child (1971), which was nominated for a Golden Globe,[1] as, "Cliff Norris," in, Beg, Borrow or Steal (1973) and as an unnamed musician in the cult classic, The Wicker Man (1973). He did a great deal of stage work after "The Mod Squad" went off the air, such as "Cat On A Hot Tin Roof."

Cole has also appeared on, Gunsmoke, in 1966, as "Kip." During the '70s, he had many guest appearances on, "Wonder Woman," "The Love Boat," "Chips" and so forth. In the '80s and '90s, he worked on a piece for HBO called, "Nickel Mountain." He also worked on shows such as, "Murder she Wrote," "Fantasy Island" and "Diagnosis Murder." Later on, Cole was in Stephen King's (two part movie/made for tv), "It," which aired in 1990, as the character of the older version of the disturbed "Henry Bowers." The character of "Harlan Barrett" came in 1991 on ABC's "General Hospital."

It was his role as "Pete Cochran," a troubled youth turned crime fighter in The Mod Squad (1968–1973), that made Cole an international celebrity. Cole's boyish good looks and brooding, deep-voiced personality meshed perfectly with his character's backstory—a ne'er-do-well son of wealthy parents booted from his home after stealing a car.[2] Produced by Aaron Spelling and Danny Thomas The Mod Squad resonated with counterculture-era viewers, running five years, for a total of 123 episodes.[3]

According to, Cole originally balked at the part of "Pete" when he realized he'd be playing an undercover cop, saying, "I'm not going to take the part of a guy who finks on his friends!" He changed his mind, however, when he read the script and gathered the show's potential appeal.

Cole is also known for an incident in 1973 which was broadcast live on Australian television during the annual TV Week Logie awards, presented by Bert Newton. Stepping on stage to accept an award, Cole - described in subsequent news articles as either drunk or "in a tired and emotional state"[4] - gave a barely coherent "thank you" speech that ended with the actor saying "oh shit".[5] This was the first time this profanity had been heard on Australian television.[6] Australia's Channel Nine, which aired the incident, received at least 100 complaints from outraged viewers, but significantly more when the profanity was censored from the repeat broadcast the following afternoon.

Michael Cole went through the Betty Ford Clinic in the early 1990s to end a drinking problem.[7]

Cole continues to act in various film and television projects and played the character "Charles Hadley" in a 2006 episode of the NBC television series, ER. Cole most recently made an appearance in the 2007 thriller Mr. Brooks as the attorney for "Atwood" (played by Demi Moore).


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