Thursday, September 22, 2011

RIP Nico Minardos

Actor Nico Minardos, who appeared in films and television during a three-decade career and was the subject of a 2010 documentary, died of natural causes on August 27, 2011 in Los Angeles. He was 81. Minardos was a contract player at 20th Century Fox, making his first (uncredited) film appearance in 1952's "Monkey Business" with Marilyn Monroe and Cary Grant. Film credits also include "Istanbul," with Errol Flynn; 1960's "Twelve Hours to Kill," in which he starred opposite Barbara Eden; "It Happened in Athens," with Jayne Mansfield; and 1977's "Assault on Agathon," which he produced and starred in with Marianne Faithfull and John Woodvine. Minardos also made appearances on dozens of TV shows starting in 1956. Credits included "Maverick," "The Twilight Zone," "Perry Mason," "The Flying Nun," "Mod Squad," "Mission: Impossible," "Ironside," "Alias Smith and Jones" and "The A-Team." He was also the subject of Owen Prell's 2010 feature documentary "Finding Nico." Born February 15, 1930 in Athens, Greece, Minardos attended the Sorbonne in Paris and graduated from UCLA. He was briefly married to Deborah Jean Smith, who later married Tyrone Power. Minardos is survived by his second wife, Julie Minardos; son George Minardos; daughter Nina Aloni, who is married to CAA agent Dan Aloni; and three grandchildren.

Born: 2/15/1930, Athens, Greece
Died: 8/27/2011, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

Nico Minardos' westerns - actor:
Broken Arrow (TV) - 1957 (Nachise)
Wagon Train (TV) - 1957 (Black Cloud)
Have Gun - Will Travel (TV) - 1958 (Gino, Pablo)
Maverick (TV) - 1958 (Enrico)
Sugarfoot (TV) - 1960 (Fernando)
Riverboat (TV) - 1960 (Sebastian)
The Rebel (TV) - 1962 (Commandante)
Frontier Circus (TV) - 1962 (The Great Roberto)
Redigo (TV) - 1963 (Luis Gardino)
Branded (TV) - 1965 (Kolyan)
The Big Valley (TV) - 1966 (Paulino Ariato)
Hondo (TV) - 1967 (Ponce Colorados)
Day of the Evil Gun - 1968 (DeLeon)
The Outcasts (TV) - 1968 (lieutenant)
Cannon for Cordoba - 1970 (Peter Andros)
Alias Smith and Jones (TV) - 1971 El Calvo, Alcalde

1 comment:

  1. You can watch the full 2010 feature-length documentary on Nico Minardos here:
    - Editor, Joe W. Shapiro