Days Alum Daniel Pilon Dead at 77
Remembering a daytime actor.
Soaps.com is saddened to report that Canadian actor and soap opera alum Daniel Pilon passed away on Tuesday June 26 at the age of 77. Canadian Press learned the actor was surrounded by family in a hospital during the time of his passing, following a lengthy illness.
Born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada on November 13, 1940, Pilon was married to Susan Molgora until 1994. Prior to their divorce, their home was destroyed by the Northridge earthquake in January that same year. The couple shared two children. He was also the brother of actor Donald Pilon.
Pilon made his film debut in 1968 as Raphaël in Le Viol d’une jeune fille douce, directed by Canadian director Gilles Carle. Though he was considered for the role of James Bond in 1968 and again in 1984, he never starred in the notorious secret agent films. He was known for his role as Captain Allwood in the 1970 British film Play Dirty and in the 1980s appeared in the Romance Theatre television series. Pilon turned up in numerous film and primetime roles throughout the years including La misère des riches as Me Gérard, Urban Angel as Moorcraft, the Scoop series as Maurice Dion, Poltergeist: The Legacy as Winston Rayne and in 2000 took part in segment six of the television documentary Canada: A People’s History as Sir James Douglas.
The actor first appeared in daytime on Ryan’s Hope as Max Dubujak from 1983 to 1986. He went on to play villain Renaldo Marchetta on Dallas from 1984 to 1985 before appearing as Guiding Light’s Alan Spaulding from 1988 to 1990 – prior to Ron Raines taking over the role in 1994. Pilon rounded out his daytime career playing Gavin Newirth on Days of our Lives in 1992.
Soaps.com sends Pilon’s family and friends our deepest condolences.