Cheers Easter Egg - Goodbye to Coach

In the final scene of the final episode, Sam walks up to a picture of an Indian on the wall, straightens it, gives it a long look, and walks back to his office. The picture was placed on the set as a tribute to Nicholas Colasanto (sp?), who played Coach in the first few seasons. Nicholas died during the series' run, but the cast felt they should recognize him somehow when the series finally ended.

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It was mentioned a bit earlier. The picture is a representation of Coach. This picture of the great Geronimo once hung in the dressing room of Nicholas Calesanto. Upon Coach's death the picture was removed from the dressing room by the cast and crew and hung in the back bar room near the piano. If you don't believe me check it out. The picture did not exist on the set before Coach's death. I know all of this very simply because I asked. I took the tour at Paramount Studios shortly after the final episode was filmed and I asked what it signified. :-) CHEERS!
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engine writes:
Another tribute to Coach is in the beginning credits, when different pictures of people are shown, (I always assumed they were actually referencing each character on the show) the person who is holding the paper saying "We Won!" was shown under Nick C.'s name. After he died that picture was still included in the credits. (Another reason I believe these were references to the people on the show is that when Diane left, a new picture was included for Rebecca)
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lewarcher writes:
Ubie, Nick Colasanto _did_ appear in movies; the most familiar one (pop culture-wise) was 'Raging Bull' with Robert DeNiro, where he played Tommy Como. He also appeared in Hitchcock's last film, 'Family Plot'.
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Actually, Whoever said in IMDB he hasn't done any movies, look at this list: Haircut, The (1982) .... Bobby Russo (Barber) "Cheers" (1982) TV Series .... Ernie 'Coach' Pantusso (1982-1985) Raging Bull (1980) .... Tommy Como Mad Bull (1977) (TV) .... Duke Sallow Return of the World's Greatest Detective, The (1976) (TV) .... Lieutenant Nick Tinker Family Plot (1976) .... Constantine Manchu Eagle Murder Caper Mystery (1973) .... Bert Toma (1973) (TV) .... Prolaci Fat City (1972) .... Ruben Mission Impossible Versus the Mob (1968) .... Jimmy Bibo ... aka Mission: Impossible vs. the Mob (1968) Counterfeit Killer, The (1968) (TV) .... Plainclothes Policeman ... aka Crackshot (1968) (TV) Fame Is the Name of the Game (1966) (TV) .... Detective (Source: IMDb.com) Everything without a " (quotation mark) around it is a movie, with a " is a TV Series. "(TV)" Means a Made-For-TV-Movie. So, everything Mr. Calosanto has starred in is a movie except "Cheers"
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Ilona Ritter writes:
According to Ted Danson on the 200th episode of Cheers, the picture of Geronimo was the picture that Nick Collasonto had hanging in his dressing room before he died, and that is why after he died they placed it on the set, in memory of their friend.
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niv writes:
This is true. I also heard that the shows first episode started off with Sam walking out of the back room and straigtening a picture on the wall. I have not seen the first episode to check this out.
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annonymous writes:
The picture of the indian belonged to Coach, he had it hanging in his dressing room but I do not remember now the significants to Coach.
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ubie writes:
The "Indian" (Native American) in the picture on the wall is the famous Apache Geronimo...not sure if there is any connection between Nick Colasanto,and Geronimo, unless he played him in an early movie? According to IMDB, Colasanto has NEVER done a movie!! His first appearance was in "Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea" in 1964 (uncredited)
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j-man writes:
Is jake duh snake really a snake?
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j-man writes:
I always wondered why Cheers never came on anymore.
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Mr. Itty writes:
It relates to coach because the man in the photograph *is* coach. Both Coach and the Indian in the picture were played by the same man.
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