Mar. 13th, 1929
West Hartford, Connecticut, USA
Joseph Mascolo's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles1986 - Heat
1981 - Sharky's Machine
1978 - Jaws 2
1972 - Shaft's Big Score!
Guest TV Roles
Mayor Pete Santori
Det. Jeff Braddock
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 Days of our Lives.
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 were really fortunate to have made it to their 80th wedding anniversary shortly before his father died. He attended the University of Miami and then the United States Military Academy. He was originally training in Classical Music.
Mascolo appeared in the 1978 film Jaws 2 as a member of the city council who confronted Chief Brody (Roy Scheider) when the Chief brought forth the underwater photograph of what he believed was another shark. He also played a police detective in the 'Burt Reynolds' feature Sharky's Machine.
He 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, 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.
Mascolo also appeared in The Incredible Hulk in October 1979, as Mr. Arnold in the episode "Brain Child". Ten years later, he would appear again in NBC's The Trial of the Incredible Hulk, as Albert G. Tendelli, a police confidant of Daredevil.
He plays the clarinet, and he played with the Metropolitan Opera in N.Y.C for two years. He does charity work for handicapped people, and the people from Ocilla, Georgia appreciated his work so much that they had one-mile street named after him. His hobbies are reading, tennis, and gardening.
- He knew his current wife, Patricia Schultz, a former NBC Television executive, for over 15 years before going out on a date with her.