Cordero was born and raised in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, to a Canadian mother and a father from Costa Rica. Cordero graduated from Westdale Secondary School in Hamilton and attended Ryerson University in Toronto for two years before leaving to perform in the band Lovemethod.
Cordero’s 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.
Cordero appeared on Broadway in 2014 in the musical Bullets Over Broadway in the role of Cheech, for which he was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical and the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical. He won the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical and a Theater World Award for the role.
In March 2016, he joined the Broadway production of Waitress, playing the role of Earl. 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. For this role, Cordero was nominated for the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical in 2017.
In 2017, he portrayed the role of 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. He reprized the role in 2018 in “Your Six”, the twentieth episode of the eighth season of the show.
On September 3, 2017, Cordero married Amanda Kloots in a formal ceremony. Their only child, son Elvis, was born in June 2019.
In March 2020, Cordero was diagnosed with COVID-19 and was admitted to hospital on March 30. His wife reported that he was in critical condition, on a ventilator, and being treated with dialysis and extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO). On April 18, 2020, his right leg was amputated as a result of complications from his illness. As of May 1, 2020, he had major lung damage and had not regained consciousness after being taken off sedation. By May 13, 2020, Cordero had regained consciousness.
On July 5, 2020, after 95 days in the hospital, Cordero died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, at the age of 41.
Following his death, an effort was launched to rename the Longacre Theatre in Manhattan after Cordero.
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Other Notable Musicians’ Deaths…
The deaths that are listed from Wikipedia are those of musicians or others who have ties to the music business from all over the world. These are our brothers and sisters. Say a prayer for their souls. They will be missed greatly.
6: Charlie Daniels, 83, American Hall of Fame country singer-songwriter and musician (“The Devil Went Down to Georgia”, “Uneasy Rider”), Grammy Award winner (1980), hemorrhagic stroke; Andrew Kishore, 64, Bangladeshi playback singer, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma; Ennio Morricone, 91, Italian film composer (The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, Once Upon a Time in the West, The Hateful Eight), Oscar winner (2016), complications from a fall; Joe Porcaro, 90, American percussionist (Toto, The Wrecking Crew).
5: Nick Cordero, 41, Canadian actor and singer (Bullets Over Broadway, A Bronx Tale, Waitress), COVID-19; Cleveland Eaton, 80, American jazz bassist; Tiloun, 53, Réunionese singer.
4: Sebastián Athié, 24, Mexican actor (Once) and musician; Angel D’Mayo, 65, Argentine guitarist (Vox Dei, Charly García), complications from COVID-19; Silvano Silvi [it], 83, Italian singer.
3: J. Marvin Brown, 66, American soul singer (The Softones); Lore Krainer, 89, Austrian composer; Claude Mercier-Ythier, 88–89, French harpsichord maker.
2: Nikolai Kapustin, 81, Russian composer and pianist.
1: Max Crook, 83, American keyboardist and songwriter (“Runaway”); Ida Haendel, 91, Polish-born British violinist; Matthias Kaul, 71, German percussionist and composer; Georg Ratzinger, 96, German Roman Catholic priest and musician, conductor of the Regensburger Domspatzen [Choir] (1964–1994).