Joseph Pilato

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Joseph Pilato
Pilato in 2008
Born Josef Francis Anthony Pilato Jr.
(1949-03-16) March 16, 1949 (age 69)
Boston, Massachusetts
Years active 1978–present

Joseph Pilato (born March 16, 1949) is an American film and voice actor. He is perhaps best known for his performance as Captain Rhodes in the 1985 film Day of the Dead.

Early life[edit]

He was born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1949 to a hardworking Italian-American family. His father was a professional trombonist with the Les Brown Orchestra. Joseph was enrolled into Catholic school and became an altar boy, where his talent for acting was discovered.

Personal life[edit]

He was originally planning on being a lawyer before he discovered he had a talent for acting. He is left-handed and enjoys playing golf in his spare time. Pilato plays the guitar, accordion, and taught himself the trombone. He does not own a computer. He is close friends with Dawn of the Dead stars David Emge and Ken Foree. He often attends horror conventions and loves to meet his fans, often posing for pictures and signing autographs.


Day of the Dead[edit]

In 1984, six years after the release of Dawn of the Dead, director George A. Romero, was planning a new zombie film called Day of the Dead. Pilato had appeared as a cameo in Dawn of the Dead as a police officer, which had been his first feature film role. Pilato was selected to play United States Army Captain Rhodes. He is perhaps best known for his performance, and the film, along with its predecessors, has become a classic.

Other projects[edit]

He would later land minor roles in such films as Wishmaster, Pulp Fiction, Digimon: The Movie, and Night of the Living Dead: Origins 3D.


Year Film Role Notes
1978 Dawn of the Dead Officer at Police Dock
1980 Effects Dominic
1981 Knightriders Disgruntled fair worker
1985 Day of the Dead Captain Rhodes
1986 Gung Ho Union Member
1989 Shooters Sgt. Plato
1990 Alienator Tech #2
Empire of the Dark Guy Zupan
1993 Married People, Single Sex Artie
The Evil Inside Me Fulvio
1994 Pulp Fiction Dean Martin look alike Credited as "Josef Pilato"
Fatal Passion un-credited
1995 The Demolitionist Boxer
1996 Visions NSA Agent
Neon Signs Boto
1997 Wishmaster Mickey Torreli
1998 Music from Another Room Carlo
1999 The Last Seduction II Marvin Dishman
Digimon: Digital Monsters MetalGreymon Series: 1999-2000
2000 Digimon: The Movie MetalGreymon
2003 The Ghouls Un-credited
2009 Someone's Knocking at the Door Dr. Ottie
2010 Underground Entertainment: The Movie Himself
2015 Night of the Living Dead: Origins 3D Harry Cooper

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