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  • Place of birth : Sydney
  • Date of birth : 15/12/1945


  • Penghlis Thaao


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Thaao Penghlis (1945)

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Thaao Penghlis is an Australian actor. He is better known for roles in the U.S. daytime soap operas such as Days of our Lives, Santa Barbara, and General Hospital, but he has also guest-starred on a number of crime dramas, such as Kojak, Cannon, Tenspeed and Brown Shoe, Hart to Hart, Nero Wolfe, Mission: Impossible and Magnum, P.I.. Penghlis has studied under Hollywood acting teacher Milton Katselas.


 life and career
Penghlis was born in Surry Hills, New South Wales of Greek parentage. Penghlis started his career in acting on stage, performing in Jockeys under Milton Katselas´s direction. Penghlis first appeared to daytime audiences in 1981 on General Hospital during the Ice Princess saga when he played the role of Victor Cassadine, brother of Mikkos Cassadine and Anthony Cassadine. After his character was written out the show by being taken to prison, he was cast as the villainous Count Tony DiMera, the son of villain Stefano DiMera in the NBC daytime drama Days of Our Lives.

Penghlis appeared in the 1980s revival of Mission: Impossible, which was filmed in Australia. Thaao Penghlis' role in the revival was a counterpart to Martin Landau's "Rollin Hand" and Leonard Nimoy's the "Amazing Paris".

In 2003, Penghlis was nominated for the Soap Opera Digest Award for Favorite Return for his return to the cast of Days of our Lives. He left the show in fall 2005. Penghlis returned to Days on 24 May 2007 to reprise the role of the dastardly Andre DiMera. He also began reprising the role of nice guy Tony DiMera on 17 July 2007. Penghlis was nominated for "Outstanding Leading Actor" at the Daytime Emmy Awards in 2008. In 2009, Penghlis' character was once again written out by having him die. In 2010 Penghlis returned to stage acting, performing in New Jersey's Cape May Stage theatre. He starred in Charles Evered´s play Class with Heather Matarazzo.

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