Frederick Coffin


Frederick Coffin, longtime movie, stage and TV actor, died July 31 of lung cancer at his home in Los Angeles. He was 60.

During his time in Hollywood, he played in more than a dozen films and 20 telepics and appeared in well over 50 primetime TV series. His last film appearance was in “Identity,” released this year.

The son of the character actress Winifred Coffin, he grew up in Michigan and Ohio. Athletic standout attended U. of Michigan and earned his bachelor and master degrees there at Michigan while also with the APA-Phoenix Repertory Company, which included Helen Hayes, Rosemary Harris, Will Geer, Ellis Rabb and Donald Moffat.

Roles included Steven Seagal’s cop buddy in “Hard to Kill,” the leader of a marauding gang of Union Army prisoners in the TNT miniseries “Andersonville,” a hard-nosed FBI agent in the original “The X-Files” episode and a cameo as the body cavity-searching police officer in “Wayne’s World.”

He started out in regional theater and had leading roles in Joseph Papp’s New York Shakespeare Festival, including Borrachio in “Much Ado About Nothing” with Sam Waterston, which went on to Broadway and CBS Television. He was Ralphie in Papp’s Lincoln Center production of David Rabe’s “In the Boom Boom Room” and Kress in the original New York Shakespeare Festival production of “The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel.”

Other stage credits include the title role in the Off Broadway production of Kurt Vonnegut’s “God Bless You Mr. Rosewater” and Wreck in the national tour of “Wonderful Town” with Lauren Bacall and George Hearn.

He is survived by his wife of 26 years, Barbara Monte Coffin, and three brothers.

Contributions in Coffin’s memory may be made to the American Cancer Society.

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