After more than three months of battling COVID-19, Broadway actor Nick Cordero died on Sunday in Los Angeles at the age of 41. Our Frank DiLella takes a look back at the performer’s career.
From his Tony nominated turn as a tap dancing gangster in “Bullets Over Broadway” to his most recent appearance as Sonny in “A Bronx Tale,” Nick Cordero was a Broadway favorite.
His wife, performer Amanda Kloots, announced his passing on social media on Sunday, saying, “God has another angel in heaven now.”
Cordero – who was 41 years old – had been in Cedars-Sinai Medical Center for months fighting complications from COVID-19. During that time, he spent weeks in a medically induced coma and even had his right leg amputated.
The actor made his Broadway debut in the hit musical “Rock of Ages,” but it wasn’t until the spring of 2014 when he made a name for himself in the New York theater community.
He created the role of Cheech in the Susan Stroman helmed musical “Bullets Over Broadway,” a role created on the screen by Chazz Palminteri.
His last Broadway credit dates back to 2018 when he starred in Chazz’s autobiographical musical “A Bronx Tale,” playing the role of Sonny — again, a part Palminteri created on screen.
In between “Bullets over Broadway” and “A Bronx Tale,” the actor starred opposite Jessie Mueller in “Waitress” playing the role of Earl.
Over the course of his fight with COVID-19, the entertainment community gathered together on social media, posting words of encouragement for Nick to get better.
Actor Bobby Conte Thornton made his Broadway debut opposite Cordero in “A Bronx Tale” and was one of many fighting for Nick’s recovery. Thornton said Cordero was like a big brother figure to him.
"Anyone he touched was an infinitely better person for knowing him, and he was the first person to not take himself too seriously,” said Thornton. “He was the life of any party you were at and valued family and community above all else."
A Go Fund Me page was established early on to help with Cordero’s medical bills. The page, which is still active and has raised more than $800,000, is now a memorial account.
Nick is survived by his wife Amanda and their son Elvis.