Nicholas Georgiade, One of Eliot Ness’ Agents on ‘The Untouchables,’ Dies at 88

Nicholas Georgiade, who played the brawny Eliot Ness ally Enrico “Rico” Rossi on the hard-hitting ABC crime drama The Untouchables, has died at 88-years-old.

“He lived 88 long years and had a beautiful life. He was also a wonderful father to me. I had the blessing to have him pass away in my arms tonight. Thank you in advance for all your kind words and prayers,” said Georgiade’s daughter Stazi on Facebook.

Georgiade, the brother of a real-life officer, was an amateur actor when he featured as a thug captured in a brewery raid on a two-part episode of CBS’ Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse that would serve as the pilot for The Untouchables in April 1959.

Georgiade co-starred with Stack, Abel Fernandez as Agent William Youngfellow, Paul Picerni as Agent Lee Hobson, and Steve London as Agent Jack Rossman in 112 episodes of the Walter Winchell-narrated fact-based series.

Georgiade was born on March 25, 1933, in New York City and reared on the Lower East Side. He boxed throughout high school and in the United States. 

Before graduating in 1957, Georgiade served in the Army and then enrolled at Syracuse University, where he majored in sociology and psychology and participated in a production of Tennessee Williams’ The Rose Tattoo.


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