Joseph Pilato

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Joseph Pilato
Pilato in 2008
Josef Francis Anthony Pilato Jr.

(1949-03-16)March 16, 1949
DiedMarch 24, 2019(2019-03-24) (aged 70)
OccupationActor, voice actor
Years active1978–2019

Joseph "Joe" Pilato (March 16, 1949 – March 24, 2019) was 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 Fitchburg in 1949 to an 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 developed.

Personal life[edit]

Joe Pilato died in his sleep on March 24, 2019, eight days after his 70th birthday.[1]


Day of the Dead and success[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.

Later career and 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.[2]


Year Title 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 The Evil Inside Me Fulvio
1994 Pulp Fiction Dean Martin impersonator Credited as "Josef Pilato"
Married People, Single Sex Artie
Witch Hunt Uncredited role
1995 The Demolitionist Boxer Credited as "Josef Pilato"
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 Uncredited role
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 Final film role


  1. ^ R.I.P. ‘Day of the Dead’ Scene-Stealer Joseph Pilato Has Died at 70 Bloody Disgusting, March 25, 2019
  2. ^ "A Friendly Fucking Chat With Horror Icon Joseph Pilato". Retrieved 9 March 2018.

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