Michael James Galeota (August 28, 1984 – January 10, 2016) was an American actor. He was best known for his role as Nick Lighter in the Disney Channel Original Series The Jersey.

Michael Galeota
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Galeota in the 1990s
Michael James Galeota

(1984-08-28)August 28, 1984
DiedJanuary 10, 2016(2016-01-10) (aged 31)
Years active1990-2004

Early lifeEdit

Galeota was born in Smithtown, New York.[1] He had three brothers: David, Tony, and Jimmy. Michael graduated from Bellarmine-Jefferson High School in 2002.


In January 2016, Galeota was hospitalized after complaining of abdominal pains, but left treatment against doctor's orders.[2] On January 10, he was found dead by a friend at his home in Glendale, California. He was 31 years old.[3][4] No precise cause of death was released, but the Los Angeles County Coroner's office stated that Galeota had several health problems, including hypertension and high cholesterol. He also suffered from diverticulitis. An autopsy was pending as of January 11, 2016.[2]

On September 12, 2016, it was revealed Galeota died as a result of cardiovascular disease and hypertension.[5]



Year Title Role Notes
1991 Women & Men 2: In Love There Are No Rules Andy Television film
1994 Secret Santa Clay Short film
1995 Bushwhacked Dana
1996 Clubhouse Detectives Billy Ruckman
1996 Rattled Adam Television film
2000 Can't Be Heaven Archie
2003 Missing Brendan Sean Calden (age 16)


Year Title Role Notes
1990 The Baby-Sitters Club David Michael Thomas 2 episodes
1995 ER Joseph O'Connor Episode: "Days Like This"
1997 Bailey Kipper's P.O.V. Bailey Kipper 13 episodes
1997 Profiler Ace Episode: "Blue Highway"
1997 Ally McBeal Billy (ages 12–14) Episode: "Pilot"
1999–2004 The Jersey Nick Lighter 56 episodes
2001 The Nightmare Room Todd Rossi 2 episodes


  1. ^ "Michael Galeota, 31". Classic Images (489): 49. March 2016.
  2. ^ a b "Disney Star Michael Galeota Dead at 31". TMZ.com. January 11, 2016. Retrieved January 11, 2016.
  3. ^ Stedman, Alex (January 11, 2016). "Disney Channel's 'The Jersey' Star Dies at 31". Variety. Retrieved January 26, 2016.
  4. ^ Otterson, Joe (January 11, 2016). "Michael Galeota, Star of Disney's 'The Jersey', Dead at 31". TheWrap. Retrieved January 11, 2016.
  5. ^ Ungerman, Alex (September 12, 2016). "Former Disney Star Michael Galeota's Cause of Death Revealed". MSN.com. Archived from the original on August 25, 2017. Retrieved September 13, 2016.

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