Nick Cordero

Nick Cordero
Cordero in 2014
Nicholas Eduardo Alberto Cordero

(1978-09-17)September 17, 1978
DiedJuly 5, 2020(2020-07-05) (aged 41)
Cause of deathCOVID-19
EducationRyerson University
  • Actor
  • singer
Years active2005–2019
(m. 2017)

Nicholas Eduardo Alberto Cordero[1] (September 17, 1978 – July 5, 2020)[1] was a Canadian actor and singer. He was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical for his role as Cheech in the 2014 Broadway musical Bullets Over Broadway and was twice nominated for Drama Desk Awards. His career also included television roles and film roles.

Cordero died at age 41 from COVID-19 related complications after more than three months in the hospital.

Early life

Cordero was born and raised in Hamilton, Ontario[2] to a Canadian mother and a father from Costa Rica.[3] Cordero graduated from Westdale Secondary School in Hamilton[2] and attended Ryerson University in Toronto for two years before leaving to perform in the band Lovemethod.[4]


Cordero's acting debut was in the title role in the off-Broadway production of The Toxic Avenger. He also played the role of Dennis in Rock of Ages on Broadway in 2012 and on tour.[5]

Cordero appeared on Broadway in 2014 in the musical Bullets Over Broadway in the role of Cheech,[6] for which he was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical[7] and the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical.[8] He won the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical and a Theatre World Award for the role.[9]

In March 2016, he joined the Broadway production of Waitress, playing the role of Earl.[10] He left Waitress to join the Broadway premiere of the musical A Bronx Tale, playing Sonny at the Longacre Theatre starting on November 3, 2016.[11] For this role, Cordero was nominated for the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical in 2017.[12]

In 2017, he portrayed Victor Lugo in "Out of the Blue" and "Heavy Is the Head", the fourth and ninth episodes of the eighth season of the CBS police procedural drama Blue Bloods.[13][14] He reprised the role in 2018 in "Your Six", the twentieth episode of the eighth season of the show.[15]

Personal life

On September 3, 2017, Cordero married dancer Amanda Kloots in a formal ceremony.[16] Their son was born in 2019.[17]

Illness and death

In March 2020, Cordero was initially diagnosed with pneumonia and admitted to a hospital on March 30, where he was later diagnosed with COVID-19 during the COVID-19 pandemic in Los Angeles[18] in critical condition, on a ventilator, and being treated with dialysis and extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO).[19] On April 18, 2020, his right leg was amputated due to a blood clot as a result of complications from his illness.[20] By May 1, 2020, he had major lung damage including "holes in his lungs," and had a tracheostomy tube placed.[21][22][23][18]

On July 5, 2020, after 95 days in the hospital, Cordero died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles at age 41. His body was cremated.[24][1] On July 7, 2020, an effort was launched to rename the Longacre Theatre in Manhattan after Cordero.[25]



Year Title Role Notes Ref
2007 Apartments at 254 John Short [26]
2011 Don Juan Don Juan [26]
2016 A Stand Up Guy Sal [27]
2017 Going in Style Butcher [26]
2019 Inside Game Pete Ruggieri [26]
2019 Mob Town Vincent Gigante [27]


Year Title Role Notes Ref
2005 Queer as Folk Tuna Wrap 1 episode [28]
2014 Lilyhammer Pasquale 'Patsy' Lento 1 episode [28]
2014 The Show Himself 5 episodes [29]
2015 The Talk Himself 1 episode [27]
2015 68th Tony Awards Himself Performer [30]
2017 Side by Side by Susan Blackwell Himself 1 episode; web series [31]
2017–2018 Blue Bloods Victor Lugo 3 episodes [27]
2015, 2019 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Anthony Marino / Robby Marino 2 episodes [27]


Year Title Role Notes
2009 The Toxic Avenger Melvin Ferd III/The Toxic Avenger Off-Broadway
2012 Rock of Ages Dennis/Record Company Man
2014 Bullets Over Broadway Cheech
2015 Brooklynite Avenging Angelo Off-Broadway
2016 Waitress Earl
2016–2018 A Bronx Tale Sonny

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2014 70th Theatre World Awards Outstanding Debut Performance Bullets Over Broadway Won
64th Outer Critics Circle Awards Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical Won
80th Drama League Awards Distinguished Performance Nominated
59th Drama Desk Awards Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical Nominated
68th Tony Awards Best Featured Actor in a Musical Nominated
2017 67th Outer Critics Circle Awards Outstanding Actor in a Musical A Bronx Tale Nominated
62nd Drama Desk Awards Outstanding Actor in a Musical Nominated


  1. ^ a b c Paulson, Michael (July 5, 2020). "Nick Cordero, Nominated for Tony as Tap-Dancing Tough Guy, Dies at 41". The New York Times. Archived from the original on July 7, 2020. Retrieved July 6, 2020.
  2. ^ a b Radley, Scot (April 24, 2020). "Hamilton actor Nick Cordero now negative for COVID-19". The Hamilton Spectator. Archived from the original on May 29, 2020.
  3. ^ Suzy Evans (April 2017). "Nick Cordero: One of the Good Guys". Broadway Style Guide.
  4. ^ Cordero in Champion, Lindsay (May 8, 2014). "Tony-Nominated Bullets Star Nick Cordero on Quitting School, Getting in Trouble & Woody Allen's Comedy Tips". Archived from the original on September 21, 2017. I left college at Ryerson University after two years to sing in a rock band, Lovemethod.
  5. ^ "Nick Cordero Broadway and Theatre Credits". BroadwayWorld. Archived from the original on April 30, 2020. Retrieved June 1, 2020.
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  7. ^ "Tony Awards 2014: 'Bullets over Broadway' has lackluster showing". Los Angeles Times. April 29, 2014. Retrieved April 30, 2014.
  8. ^ Gans, Andrew (April 25, 2014). "2014 Annual Drama Desk Awards Nominations Announced; 'Gentleman's Guide' Earns 12 Nominations". Playbill. Archived from the original on May 28, 2019.
  9. ^ Smith, Gary (July 8, 2014). "A busload of love for actor Nick Cordero". The Hamilton Spectator. Retrieved July 5, 2020.
  10. ^ "Bullets Over Broadway Star Nick Cordero Joins Broadway-Bound Waitress Musical". Playbill. January 12, 2016. Archived from the original on July 28, 2017. Retrieved April 3, 2016.
  11. ^ "Nick Cordero, Richard H. Blake, Bobby Conte Thornton, Ariana DeBose and More to Lead 'A Bronx Tale' on Broadway". BroadwayWorld. August 31, 2016.
  12. ^ McPhee, Ryan (June 4, 2017). "2017 Drama Desk Awards Presented June 4". Playbill. Retrieved July 6, 2020.
  13. ^ "Blue Bloods – Season 8 Episode 10". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved July 5, 2020.
  14. ^ Miller, Thomas (October 18, 2017). "Blue Bloods Season 8 Episode 4 Photos Out of the Blue". Seat42F. Retrieved July 5, 2020.
  15. ^ Levine, Daniel S. (April 20, 2018). "Here's Why 'Blue Bloods' Is Not on Tonight". Retrieved July 5, 2020.
  16. ^ Fierberg, Ruthie (September 6, 2017). "A Bronx Tale's Nick Cordero and His Bride Perform a First Dance to Wow Their Wedding Guests". Playbill. Retrieved July 5, 2020.
  17. ^ Fierberg, Ruthie (June 11, 2019). "Broadway's Nick Cordero and Amanda Kloots Welcome First Child". Playbill. Retrieved July 5, 2020.
  18. ^ a b "Coronavirus: Broadway actor Nick Cordero wakes from coma". BBC News. May 13, 2020. Retrieved May 13, 2020.
  19. ^ Pasquini, Maria (April 12, 2020). "Nick Cordero in 'Very Critical Condition' After Emergency Surgery amid Coronavirus Health Crisis". People. Retrieved April 12, 2020.
  20. ^ "Nick Cordero, Broadway star from Ontario, has leg amputated due to COVID-19 complications". CBC News. April 19, 2020.
  21. ^ France, Lisa Respers (May 1, 2020). "Nick Cordero's wife says his lungs are 'severely damaged'". CNN. Retrieved May 3, 2020.
  22. ^ Trepany, Charles. "Nick Cordero's coronavirus recovery: Amanda Kloots shares update she hopes is 'great sign'". USA Today. Retrieved May 3, 2020.
  23. ^ Pasquini, Maria (May 3, 2020). "Nick Cordero 'Doing Well' After Tracheostomy as His Wife Hopes for 'Another Day of Rest and Recovery'". People. Retrieved May 4, 2020.
  24. ^ Pasquini, Maria; Chung, Gabrielle (July 5, 2020). "Broadway Star Nick Cordero Dies at 41 After Over 90 Days in Hospital from Coronavirus Complications". People. Retrieved July 6, 2020.
  25. ^ "Fans Launch Petition to Rename Longacre Theatre in Memory of Nick Cordero". BroadwayWorld. Retrieved July 8, 2020.
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  28. ^ a b Nichols, Mackenzie (July 5, 2020). "Nick Cordero, Broadway actor, dies at 41 after coronavirus complications". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved July 5, 2020.
  29. ^ "Bullets Over Broadway's Nick Cordero on Crashing the Audition". John Gore Organization. May 16, 2014. Retrieved July 5, 2020.
  30. ^ Snetiker, Marc (June 9, 2014). "Tony Awards: See every musical performance". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved July 5, 2020.
  31. ^ "Susan Blackwell and A Bronx Tale's Nick Cordero Explore NYC History at 80 Saint Marks in the Newest Episode of Side By Side". John Gore Organization. April 21, 2017. Retrieved July 5, 2020.

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