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Mascolo on the red carpet at the 62nd Annual Mother Goose Parade in San Diego County, 2008

Joseph Mascolo (March 13, 1929 – December 8, 2016) was an American musician and former dramatic actor.

Mascolo was born in West Hartford, Connecticut. He studied at the University of Miami and at the United States Military Academy. He began acting in 1957.

During his long career, he has acted in many movies such as Jaws 2, Heat and The Trail of the Incredible Hulk. He was best known for playing super villian Stefano DiMera, a role he originated in 1982 on NBC's Days of Our Lives until his retirement in January 2016.[1]

Mascolo was married to Rose Maimone in 1953. She died in 1986. They had one son. Mascolo then married Patricia Schultz in 2005. He lived in Los Angeles. California. Mascolo was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 2015 and suffered a crippling stroke the same year.

Mascolo died on December 8, 2016 at his home in Los Angeles from complication of the disease, aged 87.[2] He was survived by his wife Patricia, his sister Marie, his son Peter and a step-daughter Laura.


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