Joseph Mascolo

Joseph Mascolo

Highest Rated: 83% Sharky's Machine (1981)

Lowest Rated: 17% Heat (1987)

Birthday: Mar 13, 1929

Birthplace: West Hartford, Connecticut, USA

Joseph Mascolo was an American actor who was best known for portraying the villain Stefano DiMera on the long-running daytime soap opera "Days of Our Lives" (NBC, 1965- ). Born into a family of Italian immigrants (both his parents hailed from Naples) in West Hartford, Connecticut in 1929, Mascolo first got the acting bug in his early 20s. After a stint in college at the University of Miami, he moved to New York City to study acting under the legendary teacher Stella Adler. It took a few years for Mascolo to feel comfortable as a performer, but by the early 1960s he was landing parts in well-known Broadway plays, such as "Dinner at Eight" (1966 production) and "West Side Story" (1968 production). In the early part of his career Mascolo was primarily a theater actor, but did manage to score a few bit parts on TV shows like the short-lived "Coronet Blue" (CBS, 1967). By the late 60s and early 70s, however, he was beginning to nab film roles as well. He appeared in supporting roles in films like "Hot Spur" (1968), "Shaft's Big Score!" (1972) and "Happy Mother's Day, Love George" (1973). Mascolo worked steadily as a TV actor throughout the remainder of the 70s, appearing on shows such as "Baretta" (ABC, 1975-78) and "The Incredible Hulk" (CBS, 1978-82). Then in 1982 he nabbed his breakout role as Stefano DiMera on "Days of Our Lives." Mascolo initially played the villainous DiMera for three years on the daytime soap, but would periodically reprise the character over the course of the next 30 years. He last played DiMera in 2016, thus appearing as the character in an astounding 1,623 episodes of "Days of Our Lives." Mascolo did play a similarly villainous character named Massimo Marone IV on "The Bold and the Beautiful" (CBS, 1987- ) from 2001 to 2006, but it was Stefano DiMera that he would always be remembered for. On December 8, 2016, Mascolo died in Santa Clarita, California, after a long fought battle with Alzheimer's. He was 87.

Highest rated movies

Sharky's Machine
The Spook Who Sat by the Door
Jaws 2
Shaft's Big Score!




17% 28% Heat Baby (Character) $2.4M 1987
83% 62% Sharky's Machine Joe Tipps (Character) - 1981
61% 38% Jaws 2 Len Peterson (Character) - 1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet Who Killed the Centerfold Model? Max Pierce (Character) - 1977
73% 83% The Spook Who Sat by the Door Senator Hennington (Character) - 1973
No Score Yet 55% Happy Mother's Day, Love George Piccolo (Character) - 1973
58% 47% Shaft's Big Score! Gus Mascola (Character) - 1972


No Score Yet No Score Yet Days of our Lives Stefano DiMera (Character) 2015-2019 2021
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Bold And The Beautiful, The Beginning Unknown (Character) 2008-2009
No Score Yet 100% The Equalizer Unknown (Guest Star) 1988
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hunter Mick Shaughnessy (Guest Star) 1987
97% 100% Hill Street Blues Melvin Jardino (Guest Star) 1986
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hart to Hart Unknown (Guest Star) 1984
No Score Yet 76% Incredible Hulk Unknown (Guest Star) 1979
No Score Yet 100% The Rockford Files Gibby (Guest Star) 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet Kojak Unknown (Guest Star) 1976
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bronk Mayor Pete Santori (Character) 1975-1976
71% 87% The Good Guys Enrico (Guest Star) 1969