Joseph Mascolo, Days of Our Lives Actor, Stefano DiMera, Dies At 87, After Long Battle With Alzheimer’s

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Joseph Mascolo, who played Stefano DiMera on Days of Our Lives, has died. He was 87.

Mr Mascolo died Wednesday 8th December after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease, a Days of Our Lives spokesperson confirmed to PEOPLE.

“It is with great sorrow that we share the news of the passing of our dear friend and beloved member of the Days of our Lives family, Joseph Mascolo. The smile on Joe’s face is something we’d all come to find comfort in, and he will be sorely missed. His larger than life presence, kind heart, and unwavering positivity has impacted us all for decades, and will live on in the memories of his many fans. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family during this difficult time,” Days Of Our Lives executive producer Ken Corday said in a statement.

He was born on the 13th March, 1929 in West Hartford, Connecticut, the veteran actor got guest roles on numerous TV series, including his first role as Domino in General Hospital, before scoring the role of Mayor Pete Santori on Bronk in 1975, which was later followed with a starring role as Salvatore Maranzano 1981’s TV mini-series The Gangster Chronicles and his role as Carlo Alvarez in 1985 TV series Santa Barbara.

The actor, who regarded theatre as his first love, appeared in numerous off-Broadway and Broadway productions throughout his career, and also earned numerous film roles, including Diary of a Mad Housewife, Jaws II, Shaft’s Big Score and Yes Giorgio!

In 1982, he scored the role of villain Stefano DiMera on Days of Our Lives — he appeared in over 1,600 episodes on the long-running NBC soap series, he also played Nicholas Van Buren on General Hospital in 1989. He also played Massimo Marone IV in 475 episodes from 2001-2006 on the Bold & The Beautiful

He is survived by his wife, Patricia Schultz-Mascolo, his son Peter, his step-daughter Laura, and his sister and brother-in-law, Marie and Ronald LaVoie, and a large extended family including five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, among many nieces and nephews.

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