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West Hartford Native and Soap Opera Star Has Died

Joseph Mascolo was the cover of West Hartford Magazine in February 2013. Photo courtesy of NBC Television
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Joseph Mascolo, who was born in West Hartford passed away Thursday at the age of 87.

Joseph Mascolo was the cover of West Hartford Magazine in February 2013. Photo courtesy of NBC Television

Joseph Mascolo was the cover of West Hartford Magazine in February 2013. Photo courtesy of NBC Television

By Ronni Newton

Veteran actor Joseph Mascolo died Thursday of complications from Alzheimer’s Disease, People Magazine reported.

Mascolo, who was born in West Hartford on March 13, 1929. He once lived on Ravenwood Road and Norwood Road, and graduated from Hall High School.

In the PDF below of a 2013 article in West Hartford Magazine, Mascolo talks about his family and his early years in West Hartford.

During his long acting career, Mascolo was best known for playing the role of the evil Stefano DiMera on the NBC soap opera “Days of Our Lives.”

He had an open-ended contract to play the villainous character, which according to NBC Connecticut Mascolo originated in 1982. The character of Stefano DiMera was killed off and returned several times on the show.

Mascolo had roles in many other TV shows and mini-series including General Hosptial, Bronk, Santa Barbara, and The Gangster Chronicles.

According to his IMDb page, Mascolo was the son of Italian immigrants Anna (DeTuccio) and Peter Mascolo. He is survived by his wife, Patricia Schultz-Mascolo, his son Peter, his step-daughter Laura, his sister Marie and her husband Ronald LaVoie, and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with all of the members and extended members of the Mascola Family at this time. We would like to share our tribute to Joe in West Hartford Magazine when he was gracious enough to agree to be a cover story. With Sympathy but We-Ha pride, Tom Hickey, Publisher and Lisa Lelas, Editor, West Hartford Magazine.”

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