Tony DiMera (as played by Thaao Penghlis on Days of Our Lives)

Useful information about Tony DiMera

(All below was done by Andre DiMera, we find out years later, in 2008)
* Kidnapped and raped Liz Chandler.
* Faked being blind.
* Attempted murder of Father Francis.
* Moved the Salem Stalker 'victims' to Melaswen.
* Mastermind of the Salem Stalker plan.
* Tony was actually stranded, by Stefano, on one of Stefano's islands, for approximately 21 years.
* Tony was reunited with Anna, John, and Marlena when they found him on the island in 2007.
* Anna and Tony are now married
* Tony accidentally fell to his death on the pier, during an altercation with Philip Kiriakis in April 2009

Who's played Tony DiMera over the years?

Thaao Penghlis (1981 - 1986; 1993 - 1995; June 2002 - 2003; 2004 - September 2005; Thursday, May 24 2007 - April 1, 2009; returned from dead July 26, 2019 - present)

Past History

Tony came to Salem to get his wife back and to sort out his assets. He arrived just in time, discovering quickly that the man in charge of his affairs had been skimming them away. Taking control of things, Tony bought the Twilight Bar and, when things weren't going as planned with his wife, Liz, he began looking for love with Renee Dumonde. As things pushed along with her, he abducted Liz when she left him again and forced her to begin spying on Doug for him. (He and Stefano had discovered that there may be titanium deposits under Doug's place and sought a way to get them. It turned out to be a hoax.)

When Liz finally demanded a divorce, Tony refused and then beat and raped her. All the while he still pursued a relationship with Renee, hiding her when she was attacked by the Strangler. They became closer and he proposed to her. Although she happily accepted, she soon discovered that Lee was really her mother, Stefano her father and Tony her half-brother. This was enough to end things between them, but she refused to tell him the real reason for ending it. Tony blamed Stefano and threatened to leave town. His father faked a heart attack to keep him around. Learning the reason for the breakup, Tony dug around and discovered that they weren't related and he had blood tests to prove it. By then it was too late and Renee had married another man.

Things were far from settled, however. Tony soon discovered that Liz was pregnant and believed the child to be his although she claimed it was Neil's. He agreed to a divorce only after the baby was born so that he could make sure the child was Neil's, which it was. Turning back to Renee, Tony had to take the 'dead' Stefano's will into account for his next move. The will stipulated that he had to live under the same roof as Renee for a year until he could marry her. He was, by this time, married to Anna. It also stated that the first of his children to have a child would receive an extra five million in their inheritance. Anna got pregnant first, sending Renee into a rage. She decided to blow Anna up and, accidentally, took Tony in the explosion. They both survived, although her baby did not. This did not bring them closer though.

He soon discovered that she had only managed to marry him by drugging him. While this led to a quick divorce, it did not sever their relations. They banded together to form a fashion company and flew down to Haiti for a photo shoot with much of the family and townspeople. On the way there, Andre DiMera, Tony's twin, popped up and threatened the pilot into changing direction, a move which forced the plane down. In the crash, his mother Daphne DiMera was killed and Tony fought his twin into a patch of quicksand. After returning 'the prism' to Stefano, Stefano was killed by Roman.

Tony returned to Salem, now married after a pair of unsuccessful attempts subverted by kidnapping and false clergymen. Returning to Salem was far from smooth though. Anna was soon accused of murdering an art dealer and then Tony after he banished. In fact, Tony had been kidnapped by the art dealer. The truth was soon revealed and Anna was let off but the returning Tony had other problems. Emma Donovan blackmailed him into leaving Anna and Salem behind.

He returned several years later to marry Kristen Blake. As a death bed wish, Stefano requested that they marry before his passing. Unfortunately for Tony, she left him at the altar to help the man she truly loved, John Black. Later, as they prepared to marry again, John appeared at the wedding with evidence that tied Stefano to the murder of Curtis Reed. As John chased after Stefano, he managed to fake his death yet again. This was enough to put Kristen off of John and she went through with the wedding. Although Tony knew that Stefano was still alive, he kept this from her for fear that she would go back to John otherwise. A year into the marriage, Tony went blind after running into a fire to rescue his father's computer and the files it had on John. Not long after, Kristen began sleeping with John again. She left Tony after discovering he had been switching her birth control with sugar pills and had kept Stefano's survival a secret. Her reunion with John came to an end when she discovered his secret: He was a priest. This was enough to put her off and put Tony off shooting the man who stole his wife. When she returned to Tony, he soon regained his sight but kept this to himself so that he could spy on her. Once John was released from his priestly vows, Kristen dumped Tony and ran to him.

Left alone, he discovered that he had a fatal blood disease and plotted to frame John for his death. He confessed this plot to Father Francis who then set out to tell John. Tony stopped him, pushing him into a heart attack and then a coma when he was taken to the hospital. This left him open to pursue the plan he soon set in motion. Luring John upstairs and into a fight, Tony rigged things so that John would shoot him at the moment that he got the most attention from the guests gathered downstairs.

Seven years later, it was revealed that Tony was not dead. The dead man was, in fact, his twin Andre. Although Tony still suffered from a blood disease, he also suffered from an obsession with Marlena. With his return, a set of other truths began to spill out. It was thought that the twins, Rex and Cassie, were his children with Marlena, and John Black was his half-brother, but it turned out that they were Roman and Marlena's kids. His return didn't sit well with anyone and the recent slayings by the Salem stalker put a harsh light on his emergence from the shadows. When he was imprisoned as a chief suspect, Mickey Horton got him out on bail and he set out on another public display. This time he publicly proclaimed his knowledge of the real culprit, only to be attacked then wound up in the hospital and on his death bed. But he didn't die: He went to the island where all of the other 'murder victims' were held. The island was where he had been hiding for years and, after he sabotaged every attempt of his captive's escape, he revealed himself to be the one behind all of their abductions. They soon escaped, although he recaptured a few of them and held them captive in his European castle. After they escaped from there, he began using a resentful Sami Brady as his tool to extract revenge from afar. She eventually turned on him when he threatened those closest to her, but she still broke him out of jail when he threatened to reveal their association.

In 2007, Tony found a judge to get him out of jail and he went back to Salem to help his ailing father, Stefano.

When Anna DiMera came back to Salem and reunited with Tony, she began to suspect something off about him. Soon after she discovered that Andre DiMera was back in Salem and pretended to be Tony. Shortly after, Andre died, and Anna and Tony finally carried on happily, and started working at an advertising company together.

A frustrated Anna could not understand why Tony was not proposing to her, and dumped him to go work at a rival advertising company. Tony then started working with Kate, and a jealous Anna struggled to get him to propose marriage. When they finally got married, the company Anna worked for went bankrupt, so she and Tony started working together.

When Tony's father came back to wreak havoc on Salem, Tony was caught in the middle, as he was unable to stay loyal to his family. Later on, Stefano went into a vegetative state as Marlena injected him with a drug as revenge for his kidnapping of John Black, whom everyone believed to have died in a hit-and-run. Tony, EJ, and Lexi decided to leave Stefano in long term care, however, he later came out of his catatonic state. Tony and Anna soon after moved into the DiMera mansion.

While living in the DiMera mansion, Tony saw that Stefano had the most faith in EJ as a son, and grew to resent both of them. He also eavesdropped on several unusual situations, including Nicole Walker's friendship with a Mia, a pregnant teenager. He noticed Nicole's awkward behavior after her and EJ's baby, Sydney, was born. Eventually, Tony pressured Mia to tell him the truth and Mia confided that Sydney was actually her baby that Nicole took in as her own. Right before Sydney's christening, Tony blackmailed Nicole with her secret and thought that it would be a great way to get back at EJ, but he kept quiet, and continued to taunt her.

Meanwhile, Tony heard about the promising alternative fuels project as he knew EJ and Philip were at war over it. He then convinced Melanie Layton that neither of them could take the project as far as he could, and he got her to give him the last copy of the blueprints of the project. When Philip heard of this, he threatened Tony and the two fought on the pier, where Tony accidentally fell to his death, as Nicole Walker looked on. He was rushed to the hospital, and as he laid in critical condition, he tried to tell EJ about Nicole's secret, but died before he could. Philip was immediately listed as a suspect, and hit-listed by the DiMeras. Stefano swore revenge on the Kiriakis' for Tony's death, even though Nicole told the police that it was an accident. Stefano and EJ refused to believe this and plotted to have Philip killed. During a romantic surprise in a hotel room with Stephanie, Philip was shot by a DiMera hitman.

Will Tony's death be the start of more bloodshed between the Kiriakis' and the DiMeras?

Flings and Relationships

Renée DuMonde (unknowingly incest)


Stefano Dimera (father)
Daphne DiMera (mother)
Megan Hathaway (paternal half-sister - deceased)
Renée DuMonde (paternal half-sister - deceased)
Alexandra (Lexi) Brooks Carver (paternal half-sister)
Benjy Hawk (paternal half-brother)
EJ Wells (paternal half-brother)
Philomena Alamain (maternal half-aunt - deceased)
André DiMera (paternal cousin - deceased)
Lawrence Alamain (maternal cousin)
John Black (maternal cousin by adoption / maternal biological half-brother)
Theodore Brandon Carver (paternal half-nephew)
Brady Victor Black (maternal biological half-nephew)
Belle Black-Kiriakis (maternal biological half-niece)
Nicholas James Alamain (maternal first cousin)




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