Past and present cast members remember actor.

Friday December 9, Soaps.com reported that “Days of our Lives” lost legendary actor Joseph Mascolo, who passed away at 87 last week. Mascolo is best known for playing Stefano DiMera on the soap on and off for eighteen years over the course of thirty two years. As Stefano, Mascolo cheated death more times than most other villains on daytime, earning him the nickname “The Phoenix.” He also fathered numerous children, most of whom he didn’t know about until they were adults, and was a loving grandfather. In addition to playing Stefano, Mascolo was a veteran of the theater, Broadway and film, starring in a production of “Bravo Caruso!” and the major feature film “Jaws II.”

News of his death quickly spread over social media, even causing #StefanoDiMera to trend on Twitter at one point. His fellow “Days” actors, past and present, paid homage to him on various forms of social media over the weekend in the wake of his passing. Deidre Hall (Marlena Evans Brady) and Drake Hogestyn (John Black), his main nemeses on the show over the years, both shared heartfelt goodbyes. His on-screen sons Thaao Penghlis (Tony/Andre DiMera), James Scott (EJ DiMera) and Billy Flynn (Chad DiMera) all shared a goodbye to their Salem father, who was also a mentor and friend. Even some of his past children, including Casey Deidrick (ex-Chad DiMera), Eileen Davidson (Kristen DiMera) and Miranda Wilson (Megan Hathaway) bid Mascolo farewell.

View a collection of photos and memories the cast shared of Joseph Mascolo on social media below.

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Photo credit: Jesse Grant, Aaron Montgomery, Paul Skipper,Howard Wise/JPI; NBC Universal Inc.

– Dustin Cushman