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Alex Cord (born Alexander Viespi Jr.;[1] May 3, 1933) is a retired American actor who is best known for his portrayal of Michael Coldsmith Briggs III, better known as Archangel, in 55 episodes of the television series Airwolf (1984–1986). Early in his career, he was credited as Alex Viespi.[2]

Alex Cord
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Cord on the set of The Paddlefish: An American Treasure in 1993
Alexander Viespi Jr.

(1933-05-03) May 3, 1933 (age 86)
Floral Park, New York, US
ResidenceFort Worth, Texas
Alma materNew York University
American Shakespeare Theatre
Years active1961–2009
Joanna Pettet
(m. 1968; div. 1989)

Susannah Moller Cord
(m. 2002; div. 2017)
Awards1966 Golden Laurel, nominee for New Faces
2001 Golden Boot Award, winner



Born in Floral Park, New York, Cord was stricken with polio at the age of 12. His parents were Alexander Viespi sr. and Marie Paladino. Cord's father is Romanian descent, mother is Italo-American. His family then moved to Wyoming, where doctors advised him to take up horseback riding as a therapeutic exercise. This helped him recover from the disease by the time he was 16.[3] Cord attended New York University in New York City and the American Shakespeare Theatre at Stratford, Connecticut.

In July 1960, Cord (billed under his real name) acted in a production of The Curious Savage in Canal Fulton, Ohio.[4] He had a role in the 1961 episode "The Mountain Men" of the TV series Laramie.[5] Cord's second role came a month later as Nino Sanchez in the episode "Winter Quarters" of Frontier Circus.[6] In 1962, he appeared as Larry Rome in the episode "Take a Number" of the crime drama Cain's Hundred.

Cord appeared in the 1962 film The Chapman Report, directed by George Cukor. He briefly enjoyed a leading man status on the big and small screen during the 1960s and 1970s, and starred or co-starred in mostly crime dramas, action films, and westerns.

In 1963 and 1964, Cord was cast as different characters in five episodes of the series Route 66, including the role of Michael in the two-part "Where There's a Will, There's a Way." In 1964, he played the part of Sam in the episode "If Your Grandmother Had Wheels" of East Side/West Side, starring George C. Scott. During this same period, he appeared twice on Naked City, starring Paul Burke.[6]

In 1965, Cord was cast as Jed Colbee in the episode "Survival" of Branded, starring Chuck Connors as a United States Army officer trying to clear his name of a false accusation of cowardice.[6]

In 1966, he played the Ringo Kid, the role originally portrayed by John Wayne in John Ford's 1939 version, in a remake of Stagecoach,[1] which arguably remains Cord's most heavily publicized endeavor.

Cord co-starred with Kirk Douglas in The Brotherhood, about a Mafia figure being sent to murder his own brother.

In 1974, Cord worked twice with Diana Muldaur: as a guest-star on her weekly NBC series Born Free and as her love interest in the motion picture Chosen Survivors, an apocalyptic horror film that acquired a cult status.

Cord is among a handful of actors to appear on both the original and revival versions of CBS's Mission: Impossible. Cord also is known to science fiction enthusiasts for having portrayed Dylan Hunt in the failed 1973 television pilot Genesis II, which was created by Gene Roddenberry. In 1977, he starred as the title character in the epic western Grayeagle.

In 1972, he appeared as Pete Brown in the episode "The Sodbusters" of Gunsmoke. In 1973, he played the role of Haynes in "The Night of the Long Knives" on The F.B.I., starring Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. From 1973 to 1976, he appeared in four episodes of Police Story. In 1979 and 1981, he appeared twice on The Love Boat. In 1988, Cord was cast in an episode of Simon and Simon; in 1988 and 1992, he appeared on Jake and the Fatman. He also appeared in an episode of the War of the World, a TV series. He appeared twice in Murder, She Wrote, starring Angela Lansbury. In 1995, Cord played the character Larry Curtis in the episode "The Guardians" of Walker, Texas Ranger.[6]

Cord had two children, daughter Toni Aluisa and son Wayne Viespi. Toni is the daughter of Mary Ann Hutchinson, whom Alex never married, and Wayne was the product of his first marriage. His second marriage was to actress Joanna Pettet. His third marriage was to author Susannah Boye-Moller Cord. He is the godfather of Michael Vincent Flaherty, son of Vince Flaherty.[citation needed]

Cord now resides in Fort Worth, Texas. Cord suggested that Robert Fuller, his friend from Laramie, also move to Texas to raise horses. Fuller and his second wife Jennifer Savidge did relocate to Cooke County in 2004. Cord and Fuller often make appearances at western film festivals highlighting their continuing mutual interest in "The Spirit of the Cowboy."[7]

Partial filmographyEdit



  • Alex Cord: Sandsong; Warner Books, 1976 (ASIN: B000R321IY)
  • Alex Cord: A Feather in the Rain; Five Star Publications, 1995


  1. ^ a b Hale, Wanda (May 2, 1966). "Cord Wraps One Up". Daily News. New York, New York City. p. 40. Retrieved 20 January 2019 – via
  2. ^ Alex Cord at IMDb
  3. ^ Schurmacher, Emile C. On Safari with Alex Cord Saga October 1969
  4. ^ Finn, Robert (July 27, 1960). "'Savage' Wins Praise". The Akron Beacon Journal. Ohio, Akron. p. 37. Retrieved 20 January 2019 – via
  5. ^ "Laramie: "The Mountain Men", October 17, 1961". Internet Movie Data Base. Retrieved December 4, 2012.[unreliable source?]
  6. ^ a b c d "Alex Cord". Internet Movie Data Base. Retrieved January 9, 2013.[unreliable source?]
  7. ^ "Delania Trigg, "Celebrities make North Texas their home""., September 15, 2012. Retrieved January 9, 2013.

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