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Profile of Joseph Mascolo

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Profile of Joseph Mascolo

Joseph Mascolo

Courtesy: NBC/Chris Haston

Just the Facts:

Birth Name:
Joseph Mascolo
Date of Birth:
March 13, 1929
Birth Place:
West Hartford, Connecticut
Astrological Sign:
Pisces
Portrays:
Stefano DiMera (1982-1985, 1988, 1991, 1993-1996, 1996-2001, 2007-present)

Acting Roles:

• Massimo, The Bold and the Beautiful (2001-2006)
• Nicholas, General Hospital (1989)
• Albert, The Trial of the Incredible Hulk (1989)
• Tony, The Equalizer (1988)
• Viktor, Rags to Riches (1987)
• Lt. Gerard, It's Garry Shandling's Show (1987)
• Mick, Hunter (1987)
• Melvin, Hill Street Blues (1986)
• Charlie, Joe Bash (1986)
• Ed, CBS Schoolbreak Special (1986)
• Carlo, Santa Barbara (1985)
• Howard, Brothers (1985)
• Peter, Comedy Factory (1985)
• Richards, Ernie Kovacs: Between the Laughter (1984)
• Nick, Hart to Hart (1984)
• Dominic, Yes, Giorgio (1982)
• Joe, Sharky's Machine (1981)
• Maranzano, The Gangster Chronicles (1981)
• Maranzano, Gangster Wars (1981)
• Mr. Arnold, The Incredible Hulk (1979)
• McIntyre, Lou Grant (1978)
• Len, Jaws 2 (1978)
• Gibby, The Rockford Files (1977)
• Max, Stonestreet: Who Killed the Centerfold Model?
(1977)
• Martin, Switch (1977)
• Mr. Singleton, ABC Afterschool Specials (1976)
• Jeff, Kojak (1976)
• Pete, Bronk (1975-1976)
• Papa, NBC Special Treat (1976)
• Frank, Baretta (1975)
• Dominic, Dominic’s Dream (1974)
• Mr. Bushmill, All in the Family (1974)
• Senator Hennington, The Spook Who Sat by the Door
(1973)
• Piccolo, Happy Mother’s Day, Love George (1973)
• Gus, Shaft's Big Score! (1972)
• Ed, Where the Heart Is (1970-1973)
• Chauffeur, The Good Guys (1969)
• Carlo, Hot Spur (1968)
• Bodyguard, Coronet Blue (1967)
• Jack, From These Roots (1961)
• Tony, True Story (1961)

Personal:

Married to Rose Maimone from 1953 to 1986, when she passed away. Married to Patricia Schultz since 2005. He has one son, Peter, from his first marriage.

Trivia:

• Played clarinet for the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.
• He sang a duet with Luciano Pavarotti in the movie, Yes Giorgio!
• He was the only actor other than Carroll O’Connor to sit in Archie Bunker’s chair on All in the Family.
• Won three Soap Opera Digest awards for Outstanding Villain.
• Mascolo’s name has 13 letters in it, just like his two most memorable soap characters: Stefano DiMera and The Bold and the Beautiful’s Massimo Marone.

Biography:

A native of West Hartford, Connecticut, Mascolo grew up with a passion for music. In fact, he seemed destined for a career as a classical musician. He played in a few local bands and studied with fine musicians, all leading to his earning a scholarship to attend the University of Miami, where he studied music and drama. Later, Mascolo attended the United States Military Academy at West Point.

Eventually, acting entered the picture. Mascolo’s first turn on stage occurred in an off-Broadway production of The Threepenny Opera. He followed that up with an appearance in A View from the Bridge, succeeding Robert Duvall in the role of Eddie Carbone. Numerous theatrical productions on and off-Broadway followed, including one of Mascolo’s most memorable: playing Enrico Caruso in the world premiere of the play Bravo Caruso! The role afforded him the opportunity to combine his love for opera with acting.

Mascolo made his big film debut in Diary of a Mad Housewife and followed that up with roles in Sharky's Machine , Heat, Jaws II , Shaft's Big Score , and Yes Giorgio! Meanwhile, he had a successful run in nighttime television, earning a primetime Emmy nomination for his role as Poppa in the NBC mini-series Poppa and Me . Yet, it was his appearance in the television mini-series The Gangster Chronicles that took his career in a whole new direction.

Pat Falken Smith, the then head writer for Days of Our Lives, had seen and admired Mascolo’s work as Maranzano in the production. In turn, she created the role of Salem’s Stefano DiMera, specifically with him in mind. After some coaxing, Mascolo agreed to take on the part in 1982 and quickly emerged as the show's most notable villain off all time.

Over the years, Mascolo came and went as Stefano. During one of his exits from Days in 2001, Mascolo was tapped to create the role of Massimo Marone on The Bold and the Beautiful. The character made immediate impact on the soap’s history, when it was revealed that Massimo was the real father of Ridge Forrester. In 2006, Mascolo left the CBS soap, and returned to Days of Our Lives as Stefano.

Away from the set, Mascolo devotes his time to a variety of causes, including New Horizons, a non-profit organization that offers guidance, counselling and careers for adults with developmental disabilities. The actor also enjoys gardening, reading, watching old films and listening to music.

Mascolo resides in Los Angeles with his wife, Pat. The couple also have a dream home they had custom built in Lake Arrowhead, California.

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