Tony may have lost his position as head of DiMera Enterprises on Days of our Lives, but he still had his beloved Anna by his side so it was no matter. And while fans are anxiously awaiting a return appearance from actor Thaao Penghlis, the man in question just celebrated a major milestone.
Happy Birthday, Thaao Penghlis
That’s because he was born on December 15, 1945, in Sydney, New South Wales, which means that this talented performer turns 75 years old today! Initially struck on the idea of becoming an archeologist, Penghlis instead joined the diplomatic corps before requesting a leave of absence to explore the globe.
Having emigrated to New York City, Penghlis made the acquaintance of famed acting coach Milton Katselas and studied under him. In time, Penghlis made his stage debut in the critically-acclaimed play Jockeys.
He quickly made the move to television, where he appeared in such popular series as Hawkins, Police Woman, Kojak. Cannon. and Hart to Hart. In 1980, he had a small part in the feature film Altered States and one year later he was cast as the diabolical Victor Cassadine on ABC’s General Hospital.
After a storyline dictated exit, Penghlis was hired to play Count Anthony “Tony” DiMera on NBC’s Days of our Lives. His first episode as Tony aired November 6, 1981, and he remained in the part until October 24, 1985. Subsequent roles included guest spots on Hollywood Beat, Arthur Hailey’s Hotel, Magnum P.I., and Who’s the Boss? as well as a brief role on daytime darling Santa Barbara.
Between October 23, 1988, and February 24, 1990, Penghlis could be seen in a starring role on ABC action-adventure series Mission: Impossible. There, he played Nicholas Black — actor, makeup artist, voice impersonator, and spy.
From 1993 to 1996, Penghlis was back at DAYS ostensibly reprising the part of Tony but hindsight (and a retcon) would prove he was instead playing Andre, an evil look-alike cousin. Andre again reigned in Salem, this time between 2002 and 2005 with another appearance in 2007.
In 2014, Penghlis returned to GH in the role of Victor and since 2015 he has recurred at DAYS, vacillating between portraying Andre and Tony.
Soap Hub would like to wish Thaao Penghlis a very happy birthday and you can too by clicking on the Twitter link below. Days of our Lives airs weekdays on NBC. Check your local listings for airtimes.