Joseph Mascolo on the red carpet at the 62nd Annual Mother Goose Parade in San Diego County, 2008.
March 13, 1929 |
West Hartford, Connecticut, US
Joseph Mascolo (born March 13, 1929) is an American musician and dramatic actor. During his long career, he has acted in numerous motion pictures and television series. He is best known for playing Stefano DiMera, a role he originated in 1982 on NBC's long running drama Days of Our Lives.
Mascolo was born and raised in West Hartford, Connecticut. His parents were immigrants from Italy, Peter Mascolo (1901–2008) and Anna Mascolo (née DeTuccio) (1910–2010), who had their 80th wedding anniversary shortly before his father died. He attended the University of Miami and then the United States Military Academy. He originally trained in classical music.
Mascolo appeared in the 1978 film Jaws 2 as Len Peterson, a property developer who confronted Chief Martin Brody (Roy Scheider) when the Chief brought forth the underwater photograph of what he believed was another great white shark. He also appeared in Sharky's Machine (1981) and Heat (1986), both starring Burt Reynolds. His other movie appearances included Shaft's Big Score (1972), Happy Mother's Day, Love George (1973), The Spook Who Sat by the Door (1973), Gangster Wars (1981) and Yes, Giorgio (1982), starring Luciano Pavarotti.
Mascolo is best known in the recurring role of Stefano DiMera on Days of Our Lives from 1982 to 1985, returning briefly in 1988, again from 1993 to 2001, and making appearances again since 2007. He has also played a wide range of roles on many different series including (but not limited to) a Stefano-like villain named Domino (Nicholas Van Buren) on General Hospital, and Carlos Alvarez on Santa Barbara. Before achieving his fame, he was seen in the earlier soap operas Where the Heart Is and From These Roots. He also made primetime television appearances on All in the Family, The Eddie Capra Mysteries, Lou Grant and The Rockford Files.
He played the character of Massimo Marone on CBS's The Bold and the Beautiful beginning August 2001. He decided not to renew his contract with the show in July 2006, due to a lack of storyline and decided to return to Days of Our Lives, where his character Stefano DiMera was resurrected after six years.
He also appeared in The Incredible Hulk in October 1979, as Mr. Arnold in the episode "Brain Child". 10 years later, he would appear again in NBC's The Trial of the Incredible Hulk, as Albert G. Tendelli, a police confidant of Daredevil.
- Ancestry.com 1930 census
- "Career". www.josephmascolo.com. Retrieved 2008-08-12.
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