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Soap Veteran Nicolas Coster Passes Away at 89

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Sad news to report on Monday evening. Longtime soap opera, TV and film actor, Nicolas Coster has died at the age of 89.

The news came from his daughter, Dinneen Coster, who shared on Facebook: “There is great sadness in my heart this evening, my father actor Nicolas Coster has passed on in Florida at 9:01pm in the hospital. Please be inspired by his artistic achievements and know he was a real actor’s actor! I will remember him as always doing his best and being a great father. Rest In Peace”

According to Coster’s agent Chrystal Ayers, the actor died of complications from a long-term battle with cancer.

As daytime fans know, Nicolas Coster was a beloved actor who appeared on the soaps, including: Somerset, Another World, One Life to Live, All My Children, As the World Turns.  However, he is most-known for his role as Lionel Lockridge on Santa Barbara.  It was a part he played from 1984-1993. Recently, Coster was seen in the streaming series, The Bay in the role of Mayor Jack Madison.

The actor was nominated four times for his role as Lionel on Santa Barbara in both the Lead and Supporting Actor categories. Nicolas won his only Daytime Emmy in 2017 for Outstanding Supporting or Guest Performer in a Digital Drama Series for his work on The Bay.

Throughout his enduring career, Coster also appeared in the films: All the President’s Men, Reds, The Electric Horseman, and television series including:Wonder Woman, Buck Rogers in the Twenty-First Century, T. J. Hooker, and Star Trek: The Next Generation, to name but a few.

Coster is survived by his three children: Candace Coster Smoller, Dinneen Coster and Ian Coster.

Share your remembrances and condolences on the passing of Nicolas Coster in the comment section below.

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I just ordered his book yesterday. Now it will be a bit sad to read. I really enjoyed him on “Somerset” and “Another World”. Condolences to his family.

I knew Nicholas Coster as Lionel in Santa Barbara, my first soap. Absolutely loved him. Sad news indeed. RIP

Sad to lose another longtime daytime favorite. I remember him from Another World with Susan Sullivan. M condolences to his family.

RIP I enjoyed him on SB.

So sad…he was a great actor, and so nice to his fans. He will really be missed!

Very sad news. Always liked him as an actor. He also played John Eldridge opposite Eileen Fulton’s Lisa Hughes in Our Private World, a primetime spin off of As the World Turns that CBS asked Irna Phillips to create as competition for ABC’s Peyton Place. It lasted only 33 or so episodes the summer of 1965. My memory is that Lisa married John, but not sure at this juncture. And years later, Eileen’s Lisa married his Eduardo Grimaldi.

I am so very sorry to hear this news. What a prolific and versatile actor. I remember him from so many TV roles and films. He was wonderful as Anthony Makana on our beloved One Life to Live. Deepest sympathy to his family and friends.

Thank you Mr. Coster for sharing your wonderful talent with all of us. Rest in peace.

Loved him on Santa Barbara.

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Hi I am wondering where can we pay our Respect to Nicolas as we know him from CA and I live in Florida now and can pay my utmost Respect.

He was fantastic on The Bay. A well deserved Emmy.

Loved him so much through the years starting with The Secret Storm and my favorite Santa Barbara. I can still hear his very distinctive voice. My condolences to his family.

I first saw him on the secret storm!

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