Nicolas Coster

Nicolas Dwynn Coster (born December 3, 1933) is a British-American actor,[1] most known for his work in daytime drama and as a character actor on nighttime television series, such as Buck Rogers in the 25th Century and Star Trek: The Next Generation.

Nicolas Coster
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Coster in 1975
Nicolas Dwynn Coster

(1933-12-03) December 3, 1933 (age 87)
London, England
Alma materRoyal Academy of Dramatic Art
OccupationActor, scuba instructor
Years active1953-present
(div. 1981)

Life and careerEdit

Coster was born in London to an American mother[citation needed] and a New Zealand father who was a London theatre critic and marine commander.[1] Coster was raised in the United States, primarily in California.[2]

Coster returned to England to study acting at the Royal Academy of the Dramatic Art.[2] He also studied acting with Lee Strasberg in New York City. Coster was in Twigs with Sada Thompson, Seesaw with Michele Lee, Otherwise Engaged with Tom Courtenay,[3] and Little Foxes with Elizabeth Taylor, which was staged on Broadway and the Victoria Theatre in London.[1]

Coster appeared in the NBC soap opera Young Doctor Malone. He created the role of Professor Paul Britton on The Secret Storm, a role he played in 1964 and from 1967 to 1968. He played John Eldridge in the primetime serialized drama Our Private World and on As the World Turns.[citation needed] His first appearance on television was an episode of The U.S. Steel Hour in 1959. Coster has appeared more than 80 times on 36 television shows, notably in the role of David Warner, the father of character Blair Warner, on the sitcom The Facts of Life.

Coster created the role of Robert Delaney on Somerset in March 1970 and later moved to Another World playing the same character. He played gangster-turned-informant Anthony Makana on One Life to Live, but left that series to create the role of Lionel Lockridge on Santa Barbara. He played kidnapper Steve Andrews on the ABC soap opera All My Children and returned to Another World for its 25th anniversary in 1989. He returned to his role on Santa Barbara in 1990 until the show was canceled in January 1993. He appeared on As the World Turns from 1993–1995.[citation needed]

Personal lifeEdit

Coster is a scuba diving instructor and maintains a foundation that organizes sailing trips and teaches scuba diving for people who are disabled. Coster has a captain's license.[4] Coster married actress Candace Hilligoss (divorced 1981), with whom he has three children.[1][2]

Selected film rolesEdit


  1. ^ a b c d "Nicolas Coster Biography (1934-)". Retrieved January 29, 2018.
  2. ^ a b c "'Another World' – Cast". The Daily Standard. Sikeston, Missouri. April 26, 1974. p. 22 – via  
  3. ^ Barnes, Clive (February 3, 1977). "Wickedly Intelligent Humor Enhances 'Otherwise Engaged'". The New York Times.
  4. ^ "Nicolas Coster Challenge Foundation". Retrieved August 6, 2015.

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