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Pilato in 2008
Josef Francis Anthony Pilato Jr.
March 16, 1949
Fitchburg, Massachusetts, U.S.
|Died||March 24, 2019 (aged 70)|
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Occupation||Actor, voice actor|
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.
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.
Joe Pilato died in his sleep on March 24, 2019, eight days after his 70th birthday.
Day of the Dead and success
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
|1978||Dawn of the Dead||Officer at Police Dock|
|1981||Knightriders||Disgruntled fair worker|
|1985||Day of the Dead||Captain Rhodes|
|1986||Gung Ho||Union Member|
|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"|
|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|
- R.I.P. ‘Day of the Dead’ Scene-Stealer Joseph Pilato Has Died at 70 Bloody Disgusting, March 25, 2019
- "A Friendly Fucking Chat With Horror Icon Joseph Pilato". Retrieved 9 March 2018.
- Joseph Pilato on IMDb
- Joe Pilato Preservation Page at the Wayback Machine (archived October 26, 2009)
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