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Joseph Pilato

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Years active  1978–present
Name  Joseph Pilato
Role  Film actor

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Full Name  Josef Francis Anthony Pilato Jr.
Born  March 16, 1949 (age 72) (1949-03-16) Boston, Massachusetts
Education  Suffolk University, Emerson College, University of Pittsburgh
Movies  Day of the Dead, Dawn of the Dead, Pulp Fiction, Night of the Living Dead: Da, Wishmaster

Similar  Lori Cardille, Terry Alexander (actor), Richard Liberty

Joe Pilato 1949-2019

Joseph Pilato (born March 16, 1949) is an American film and voice actor. He is perhaps best known for his performance as Captain Rhodes in the 1985 film Day of the Dead.


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Early life

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He was born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1949 to a hardworking Italian-American family. His father was a professional trombonist with the Les Brown Orchestra. Joseph was enrolled into Catholic school and became an altar boy, where his talent for acting was discovered.

Personal life

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He was originally planning on being a lawyer before he discovered he had a talent for acting. He is left-handed and enjoys to play golf in his spare time. Pilato plays the guitar, accordion, and taught himself the trombone. He does not own a computer. He is close friends with Dawn of the Dead stars David Emge and Ken Foree. He often attends horror conventions and loves to meet his fans, often posing for pictures and signing autographs. He was most recently seen at the Dallas Comic Con.

Day of the Dead

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In 1984, six years after the release of Dawn of the Dead, George A. Romero, the man who invented the modern zombie, was planning a new zombie film called Day of the Dead, which would involve military scientists and soldiers hiding in an underground bunker trying to find out a way to stop the epidemic while the world above was slowly being overrun by the living dead. Ironically, he had appeared as a cameo in Dawn of the Dead in 1978, five years prior, as a police officer, which had been his first feature film role. Pilato was selected to play United States Army Captain Rhodes. He is perhaps best known for his performance, and the film, along with its predecessors, has become a classic.

Other projects

He would later land minor roles in such films as Wishmaster, Pulp Fiction, Digimon: The Movie, and Night of the Living Dead: Origins 3D.


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