Full detailed profile on Tony DiMera Played by Thaao Penghlis on Days of Our Lives Daytime Soap Opera.
Thaao Penghlis (NBC)
Birthday: December 15 1945
At the hospital, Stefano is horrified that Tony’s dead and Philip tells him how sorry he is. "It was an accident," he tells Stefano. EJ takes Stefano to see Tony, while Hope tells Nicole to stop stalling. "I just need to be sure," Nicole says, and Hope wonders what type of deal she struck with Philip. Hope calls it obstruction of justice and when Brady arrives, he asks Nicole what she did! Nicole tells them both that Tony and Philip got into a fight. Brady knows Philip would never hurt Tony intentionally, but Hope disagrees. She asks if it was an accident or not. EJ comes out of Tony’s room and tells everyone his brother’s dead. Nicole rushes to his arms and Brady urges Nicole to tell EJ that it was an accident. Nicole wants to know if Tony said something. EJ denies this but Tony left him a message. Hope asks what he said and EJ says Tony left him a note.
In Tony’s room, Stefano says this never should have happened and nobody should outlive their children. "I would have given my life for yours," Stefano says. People have called him arrogant, making him laugh, but now he calls himself arrogant. "I toyed with you, with my own son," he says. Stefano thought he could teach Tony a lesson and then bring him back to him, when he chose. Stefano realizes he’ll never hear Tony call him ‘Father’, again. Stefano will feel guilt for this forever and he’ll vindicate Tony’s death or die trying, he promises. He weeps, as he calls Tony’s name.
Back out in the waiting room, EJ says he wants Philip arrested and charged with murder. Brady knows this isn’t his call. EJ agrees. It’s Nicole’s call! Hope tells her she’d better come clean, and be honest, or Hope will charge her with perjury.
Nearby, Phillip wants a do over. Victor knows it was an accident. Philip says it wasn’t an accident that Tony was there or that they fought. Philip will have to deal with this for the rest of his life. Victor doesn’t understand how Philip has this introspective streak, considering Kate’s his mother and he’s his father! He’s proud of his son and asks if he and Nicole are on good speaking terms. Nicole will determine whether he goes home or to jail.
Nearby, Nicole says that Tony’s death was an accident. Philip had nothing to do with it. Stefano returns from Tony’s room and tells her that this was the wrong answer. Nicole says this is the truth. Stefano calls it an accident that was planned and solved a lot of problems, for Philip, who he calls sniveling. Philip jumps at Stefano but Hope tells Stefano she’s sorry for his loss. Stefano knows what needs to be done, he says, and won’t forget Nicole’s lies. Brady asks why Nicole was there, but Philip has no idea. Victor goes to talk to the doctor, while EJ rants to Nicole that he enjoyed the fact that Father put him ahead of Tony. He will have to live with that forever. EJ looks at Philip and blames him, though Nicole says she told the truth. It was an accident. EJ says not to worry. Stefano’s lashing out, but EJ’s not angry with her for telling the truth. "It’s lies that kill," he says. Brady watches Nicole from across the room. Hope tells Victor that forensics and Dr. Jonas think the death could have been accidental and she is doubtful Philip will be prosecuted.
Brady goes to Nicole and reminds her she went to the pier to make sure Tony didn’t tell anything about Sydney. Nicole says it wasn’t like that. Hope asks if there’s something she should know. Brady denies this. Hope thinks it’s interesting timing that Nicole was there during Tony’s fall. Nicole goes to talk to Philip, who thanks her for telling the truth. Hope watches as they talk, and Philip asks what Nicole wants. She’d like him to stop blackmailing her and Brady. Philip realizes he was wrong about her. Stefano is upset to find Nicole talking to Philip. Nicole says Philip was apologizing, and this leaves Stefano disgusted with her.
Inside Tony’s room, EJ reads the note and promises Tony that somehow, he’ll find out the truth.
Hope grills Nicole, in the hospital waiting room, asking if Philip pushed Tony on to that piece of wood or if Tony fell. Nicole is nervous and refuses to answer. Philip urges her to tell the truth but Nicole runs off, yelling that she needs to think. Meanwhile, Stefano watches her like a hawk. Bo tells Philip to relax and Stefano asks Nicole if she’s going to tell the police what Philip did to Tony? Bo tells Stefano not to influence the witness and Hope tells Nicole they need an answer. Philip tells her not to put a DiMera slant on it and Bo tells Philip to shut up. Philip is worried she’ll lie. Victor comes into the hospital and tells Philip not to say another word. Stefano confronts Nicole, who walks away. He follows her and demands that she talk. Lexi and Bo rush to Nicole’s side and tell Stefano to stop badgering her. Nicole reminds Hope that last time she spoke with her, she was the one who was being grilled for murder. Lexi asks Nicole not to let Stefano upset her too much. Stefano picks on the easiest target. Nicole wonders if Tony will live through this. Lexi says Tony’s chances aren’t good. “I think he knows that.” Lexi says Tony wants to clear the air with EJ about something and that’s why he’s with him.
Victor thinks Philip did what he did to try to get back into his good graces. Philip says he just got into a fight and was ten feet away from Tony, during the fall. Bo hopes that Tony or Nicole backs it up. Otherwise the DA will make her own ruling.
Inside Tony’s room, Tony tries to communicate to EJ that Sydney’s not EJ’s kid with Nicole. EJ says he’ll be able to speak when the tube comes out of Tony’s mouth. “Are you sure this can’t wait a day or so?” Tony shakes his head and continues to write. He runs out of ink and EJ goes to grab a pen while Tony thinks to himself that EJ has no idea what’s coming to him. EJ asks Tony to forget about this. It’s making him so upset. When he comes home, he, Anna and Nicole will all take care of him. Nicole comes into his room and Tony becomes very agitated. EJ tries to calm him and Lexi rushes into his room, demanding to know what the hell is going on. Nicole and EJ leave the room and Lexi calms Tony down.
Back in Tony’s room, Lexi tells Tony to stay calm. She needs to consult with Dr. Jonas and will be right back. EJ returns and agrees to get the pen and paper for him if he agrees to relax. Tony starts to write. EJ asks, “Is this something about Philip?” Tony becomes more agitated and suddenly his monitor goes crazy as he flatlines. EJ yells, “Tony! Tony! Help!” A nurse rushes into the room and works on Tony. EJ looks at the letter B on the paper and wonders what on earth it means. Lexi works on Tony with the nurse and when she can’t bring him back, she calls his time of death and starts to cry, as she holds his hand. EJ walks out of the room and a weeping EJ tells Nicole Tony had a heart attack. Nicole comforts him. Lexi returns to the waiting room and tells everyone they did all they could. “He’s gone.” She cries and EJ comforts her as Nicole ponders her next move and Stefano goes white and turns to Philip.
Meanwhile, Tony wakes up to Nicole in his room. She tells him he looks awful and she feels bad for him. She knows if he didn’t get hurt, he’d have told EJ that Sydney wasn’t his. It would have ruined everything. She refuses to let him ruin her life with EJ and she promises one way or another, she’ll ensure he doesn’t say a word! Tony’s heart rate goes up and Nicole says she saved his life by calling 911, so he owes her and needs to keep his mouth shut. A nurse arrives and overhears Nicole telling Tony to talk to her. The nurse says he can’t. He’s intubated! Nicole is happy to hear this and asks if Tony will be able to speak once he recovers. The nurse says he will and throws Nicole out of the room, while she calms Tony.
Lexi examines Tony and gets him a piece of paper, so he can write down how he feels. She urges him to calm down, but the more he writes, the more agitated he becomes. He writes EJ’s name on the paper, so Lexi goes to get him.
In the waiting room, Nicole tells EJ that she’s worried about Tony and that it’s worse that he can’t communicate with anyone. Lexi arrives and tells EJ that Tony wants to see him, causing Nicole’s jaw to drop. Nicole wants to go in with EJ, but Hope stops her. She has questions about the fight between Philip and Tony. Stefano watches as Hope asks if Tony fell and slipped on a shard of wood.
EJ arrives to see Tony, and Lexi explains he can communicate in writing, but it’s not easy, since his arms have been affected by anesthesia. She has to leave and asks Tony to stay calm. EJ makes a joke that somebody finally found a way to shut him up, and Tony starts to write a note.
Philip punches Tony in the face, and Tony threatens prison time. Nicole watches, from behind crates as Philip demands the blueprints again. When Tony refuses, Philip drives him into a crate, in a rage. Tony pushes Philip back and calls him a pathetic fraud and loser. Philip goes after Tony, but Tony throws him aside and Philip cuts his hand on a crate. Nicole watches from behind that crate, in horror! Tony starts to walk away and Philip calls him out. Tony gets to the top of the stairs and turns about. He loses his footing and the rotting steps give away. He falls to the pier and lands on a wood stake. Philip and Nicole gasp in shock as blood runs from Tony’s mouth. Philip rips open Tony’s coat and finds blood on his chest and asks if he’s okay. Nicole rushes out from behind the crate and asks if he’s breathing. Philip orders her to call 911, but she stands staring, and flashes back to Tony promising to ruin her life. She makes no move toward her phone. Philip promises Tony he’ll be alright and yells at Nicole again, to call 911. Later, Nicole calls EJ and tells him about Tony’s fall. EJ tells Stefano what happened at the pier. The paramedics arrive and Philip thinks that though Tony has lost a lot of blood, he should be fine. He asks Nicole how much of the fight she saw, but she doesn't answer. Instead, she takes off!
Stefano is shocked to learn Tony’s packing up his room to leave the mansion. Tony says Stefano prefers EJ over him, but Stefano calls that total insanity. They’re equal in his eyes. Stefano forbids Tony to leave, but Tony tells him he’s through and walks out.
Tony finds EJ in the great room and shares his news. He’s moving out. He feels liberated! EJ asks, "So you’re not going to stay for the wedding?" EJ says Tony and Anna are dear to him, but Tony says that could change. He starts cackling and when EJ asks why he’s acting so strange, Tony says there’s something wrong and something EJ should know about. Stefano comes into the great room and tries to bully Tony into staying. Stefano threatens to cut him off, but Tony enlightens Stefano. He has businesses all across the globe, in addition to this new venture of his. EJ asks what that is and Tony says it’s the alternative fuels project. Stefano doesn’t want him to have anything to do with that project, but Tony says things are going to change for him and for his little brother. EJ thinks Tony’s making a mistake and says the fuel project won’t see the light of the day. "Father and I will come after you with everything we’ve got," EJ warns, but Tony says they’ve no legal case against him. Stefano asks Tony to be reasonable. Stefano loves him. Tony says he has no use for him, so Stefano says, "Then you are dead to me. Do you hear me? You are dead to me." He leaves the room and EJ asks Tony to tell him the truth. Tony wanted to spare EJ the embarrassment of public humiliation. "Once I tell you, you’ll be horrified enough as it is."