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Alex Cord

Alex Cord
Born Alexander Viespi
(1933-05-03) May 3, 1933
Floral Park, New York, US
Residence Near Gainesville, Cooke County, Texas
Alma mater

New York University

American Shakespeare Theatre
Occupation Actor
Years active 1961–2009
Spouse(s) Joanna Pettet (1968-1989, divorced)
Susannah Moller Cord (2002-present)
Awards 1966 Golden Laurel "New Faces" nominee
2001 Golden Boot Award winner

Alex Cord (born May 3, 1933) is an American actor who is best known for his portrayal of Michael Coldsmith Briggs III, better known as Archangel, in fifty-five episodes of the CBS adventure television series Airwolf (1984–1986).


  • Biography 1
  • Selected filmography 2
  • Awards 3
  • Bibliography 4
  • Notes 5
  • External links 6


Born Alexander Viespi of Italian descent in Floral Park on Long Island, New York, Cord was stricken with polio at the age of twelve. 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 debilitating disease by the time he was sixteen.[1] Cord attended New York University in New York City and the American Shakespeare Theatre at Stratford, Connecticut.

Cord's first acting role was in the 1961 episode "The Mountain Men" of NBC's western television series, Laramie, starring John Smith and Robert Fuller. In the story line, Cord plays John Sanford, the younger, compassionate son of Ben Sanford, portrayed by Dan Duryea. Ben Sanford is one of the original settlers of the Laramie area and is called a "Mountain Man." The older son is the vindictive Carl Sanford, played by Jason Evers. Ben and Carl seek vengeance for the killing of a third son, but John's hesitation holds the key to law and justice.[2] Cord's second role came a month later as Nino Sanchez in the episode "Winter Quarters" of a CBS western, Frontier Circus, starring Chill Wills.[3] In 1962, he appeared as Larry Rome in the episode "Take a Number" of the NBC crime drama Cain's Hundred, starring Peter Mark Richman.

Cord subsequently appeared in the 1962 film, 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 CBS drama/adventure series, ABC police drama, Naked City, starring Paul Burke.[3]

In 1965, Cord was cast as Jed Colbee in the episode "Survival" of the NBC western series, Branded, starring Chuck Connors as a United States Army officer trying to clear his name of a false accusation of cowardice.[3]

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

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 in subsequent years.

Cord is among a handful of actors to appear on both the original and revival versions of CBS's Mission: Impossible. Cord is also 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 the long-running CBS western, Gunsmoke. In 1973, he played the role of Haynes in "The Night of the Long Knives" on the ABC crime drama, The F.B.I., starring Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. Between 1973 and 1976, he appeared in four episodes of NBC's Police Story. In 1979 and 1981, he appeared twice on ABC's romantic comedy, The Love Boat. In 1988, Cord was cast in an episode of the CBS detective series Simon and Simon; in 1988 and 1992, he appeared on CBS's Jake and the Fatman. He appeared twice in another CBS crime drama, Murder, She Wrote, starring Angela Lansbury. In 1995, Cord played the character Larry Curtis in the episode "The Guardians" of the CBS crime drama, Walker, Texas Ranger, starring Chuck Norris.[3]

Cord had two children, a daughter, Toni Aluisa, and a son, Damien Zachary Cord, who died in 1995 of a heroin overdose at the age of twenty-six. Toni is the daughter of Mary Ann Hutchinson, and Damien was born to Cord's former wife, actress Joanna Pettet. Cord is the godfather of Michael Vincent Flaherty, son of Vince Flaherty.

Cord is a horse rancher in Cooke County near Gainesville in north Texas, where he resides with his second wife, the former Susannah Moller. Cord suggested that his long-term friend from Laramie, Robert Fuller, 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."[4]

Selected filmography



  • Alex Cord: Sandsong; Warner Books, 1976 (ASIN: B000R321IY)
  • Alex Cord: A Feather in the Rain; Five Star Publications, 1995 (ISBN 1-58985-011-4)


  1. ^ Schurmacher, Emile C. On Safari with Alex Cord Saga October 1969
  2. ^ : "The Mountain Men", October 17, 1961"Laramie".  
  3. ^ a b c d "Alex Cord". Internet Movie Data Base. Retrieved January 9, 2013. 
  4. ^ """Delania Trigg, "Celebrities make North Texas their home., September 15, 2012. Retrieved January 9, 2013. 

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