'Untouchables' and 'Damien Omen II' Actor Paul Cook of Geneva Dies at 84
The multi-talented actor, author and composer—whose credits include "Damien-Omen II, "The Untouchables" and Dr. Hull in "Somewhere In Time"—was also an accomplished writer and compose and former president of the TV Actors Studio in Chicago.
Who knew that so famous an actor was also a resident of Geneva?
Paul M. Cook, a well-known actor, author, composer and resident of Geneva, died Saturday March 16, 2013, at Pine Acres Rehabilitation Center in DeKalb after a long battle with Parkinson Disease. He was 84.
He was born May 20, 1928, in San Antonio, TX, the son of Henry Barnard and Letha (Frame) Cook. As an actor in TV commercials, industrial films and movies for 45 years, he was with the Shirley Hamilton Agency in Chicago.
His movie credits include Damien-Omen II, The Untouchables and he played Dr. Hull in Somewhere In Time. Cook served many years as a Dale Carnegie instructor, was a regional vice president of Screen Actors Guild in Detroit and president of TV Actors Studio in Chicago.
In his retirement, he composed two CD’S of romantic instrumentals and soft jazz orchestrated by Kent Wehman. Some of his previous work had been recorded by Les Paul and Mary Ford and the Gene Shaw Jazz Quintet.
He was a member of the St. Charles Writers Group for many years. During that time, he published a novel, A Change In Plans, and a book of short stories.
He is survived by his wife, Susan Knutsen-Cook; four children Thomas (Nina) of St. Croix, Virgin Islands, Grady of Florida, John (Karen) of Wheeling, WV, and Lisa (Phil) Derbyshire of Livonia, Michigan and Susan’s daughter Kimberly Kim (Ken) Overstreet of St. Charles. He is also survived by his seven grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Dorthalee Cook.
A memorial visitation will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday March 23, 2013, with a Celebration of Life Service at 6 p.m. at Malone Funeral Home, 324 E. State Street, Geneva.
Private interment will be held at Oak Hill Cemetery in Geneva.
Memorials to Parkinson Disease Research Society 0N150 Winfield Rd. St. A2 Winfield, IL. 60190 would be appreciated.
For more information, please contact Malone Funeral Home at 630-232-8233.
SOURCE: Malone Funeral Home