On Friday, following the news of the passing of Days of our Lives favorite, Joseph Mascolo (Stefano DiMera), the beloved super villain of Salem was trending on Twitter. Meanwhile, many of his co-stars past and present from the Days of our Lives family took some time to share their grief, their reactions, and some remembrances on working with this irreplacable performer. Here is just a sampling:
Deidre Hall (Marlena): Sad day. Sad news. Joe lived a big life and will be dearly missed and lovingly remembered.
Eric Martsolf (Brady): RIP Joe. Daytime will miss your beautiful blend of villainy and charm. Thank you for all you gave good sir.
Billy Flynn (Chad): This was one of the most profound/real moments I have ever had, not just as an actor but as a human being. For many personal reasons. But, in this moment I sat at his feet, and as I looked up I saw what every fan saw in him throughout the years. Joe was, and will always be a giant. With a massive heart. Paving a legacy that enriched not only the industry but everyone in it. It was honor to know him for what little time I did. And to his fans…the Phoenix lives on in us. Rest in Peace Sir.
Casey Deidrick (Ex-Chad): I am deeply saddened 2 hear of my onscreen Papa passing today. Such a kind heart & pleasure to learn from. I’ll never forget my DiMera days.
Peter Reckell (Ex-Bo): Joe! Whenever I looked into your eyes, whether on set “villain “,or off”friend “there was always a twinkle. You will be missed!!!
Thaao Penghlis (Andre): It won’t be the same.
Alison Sweeney (Ex-Sami): Some of my earliest memories of Days are working with Joe… I was really nervous to work with him because Stefano was such a strong, intimidating character and he embodied it so well. Joe was so talented, such a generous actor and always so prepared. I learned so much from working with him. Over the years, I got to know him much better and I stopped being so nervous around him (which probably made it easier for him) but I always had a sense of awe to work with him. There wasn’t a day when he didn’t give 100 percent to his performance and his character. When I became a director at DAYS, I remember him being so proud and supportive of me. Joe made a special point of pulling me aside to say that, having watched me on the set, it really meant something to him. He was always such a kind, generous man with a fabulously wry sense of humor and a proud, strong and dedicated actor. He will be greatly missed. #RIP.
Drake Hogestyn (John): The Phoenix will rise…R.I.P. Joe, we love you.
James Scott (Ex-EJ): So long Joe. I’ll miss you, yet a part of you will always be with me and for that beautiful gift I am so happy and grateful.
Chandler Massey (Ex-Will): Favorite memory of Joe: being scared for my life when I yelled at him in a scene. He came at me, saying don’t raise your voice to me boy. He put Will in his place that day. Complete commitment to his craft and character. Extraordinary man who will be missed.
Lauren Koslow (Kate): “Good night, sweet prince..and flights of angels sing thee to thy rest” Forever my honor to share your stage, Joe
Eileen Davidson (Ex-Kristen): Very sad to hear of the passing of the great Joe Mascolo. God bless him and keep him.
Kate Mansi (Ex-Abigail): Having a flood of cherished memories of our patriarch Joe Mascolo. A whiskey in your honor tonight Joe. Here’s to you, a man like no other.
Blake Berris (Ex-Nick): Joe Mascolo will be missed. formidable actor and human. left an indelible mark on daytime.
Molly Burnett (Ex-Melanie): Sweet Joe Mascolo, the King of Daytime Evil with a heart of gold. You were a force to be reckoned with. It was an honor to know you
Martha Madison (Ex-Belle): So sorry to hear of Joe’s passing. He had an enormous presence. It was such a privilege to work alongside such a pro. Thoughts w his family.
Tamara Braun (Ex-Ava): To you, Joe Mascolo! What a wonderfully kind, caring, giving man you were. I had the pleasure of working with you for a short time and will always cherish that. You were generous, warm and a hell of an actor. Heaven has a wonderful new angel to add to the bunch. May you Rest In Peace and keep them smiling up there. You will be missed. #RIP #joemascolo #days
Mark Hapka (Ex-Nathan):This is heart breaking. Joe was such a pleasure to not only work with but be around. Such a strong yet gentle spirit. Sending love.