Alex Cord, the rugged former rodeo performer who portrayed Michael Coldsmith
Briggs III, better known by the code name Archangel, on the 1980s CBS drama
Airwolf has died. He was 88. Cord died Monday at his home in Valley View, Texas
his publicist, Linda McAlister, told The Hollywood Reporter
Alex Cord starred alongside Jan-Michael Vincent and Ernest Borgnine in the 1980s
drama which ran for four seasons.
The military show followed the crew of a helicopter called Airwolf.
Cord, who was born in New York, also starred in Westerns after training as a
horseman and joining a rodeo circuit as a teen. On the big screen, he is credited with
appearing in Stagecoach, Stiletto, and The Naked Truth.
His talent agent Linda McAlister confirmed the news of his death. He was surrounded
He also was a regular on Cassie & Company, Angie Dickinson’s follow-up series
to Police Story. Cord played her ex-husband and DA Mike Holland on the NBC
detective drama, which aired 13 episodes in 1982.
He also appeared in films, starring alongside Ann-Margret, Mike Connors, Bing
Crosby, and others in 1966’s Stagecoach. Other film roles included Synanon, The Last
Grenade The Brotherhood, Stiletto, and The Dead Are Alive!
Born on May 3, 1933, on Long Island, Cord battled polio as a child and became a
prolific horseman. He parlayed those skills into acting gigs in the popular Western
genre of the late 1950s and early ’60s.