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'Days of Our Lives' bad guy Joseph Mascolo dies at 87

Associated Press logo Associated Press 12/10/2016
FILE - This June 22, 2014 file photo shows actor Joseph Mascolo at the 41st annual Daytime Emmy Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif. Mascolo, an actor most well-known for his portrayal of the evil villain Stefano DiMera on NBC’s daytime drama “Days of our Lives,” died, Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2016. He was 87. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File) © The Associated Press FILE - This June 22, 2014 file photo shows actor Joseph Mascolo at the 41st annual Daytime Emmy Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif. Mascolo, an actor most well-known for his portrayal of the evil villain Stefano DiMera on NBC’s daytime drama “Days of our Lives,” died, Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2016. He was 87. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Joseph Mascolo, who played bad guy Stefano DiMera on NBC's daytime serial "Days of Our Lives," has died. He was 87.

A statement released Friday by NBC on behalf of Mascolo's wife said he died Wednesday after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease.

Although best known for his soap opera role, Mascolo was a classically trained musician and appeared on Broadway in plays including "Dinner at Eight" and "That Championship Season."

His wide-ranging TV credits included the prime-time series "Kojak," ''Hill Street Blues" and "It's Garry Shandling's Show." Besides starring on "Days of Our Lives," Mascolo also appeared in the daytime serials "The Bold and the Beautiful," ''General Hospital" and "Santa Barbara."

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