Rest in Peace: Joe Pilato of DAY OF THE DEAD Has Passed Away
More sad news to report as another horror star has left us. Day of the Dead‘s Joe Pilato has passed away at age 70, per Marcus Lewis, manager of Manchester, UK’s Weekend of the Dead, a George A. Romero-themed convention. Pilato played Capt. Rhodes in the 1985 zombie film and his death is widely seen as one of the genre’s most iconic moments.
On top of his on-screen acting career, Pilato was also voice actor for video games, including Star Trek: Starfleet Academy, Might and Magic IX, WarHawk: The Red Mercury Missions, and more. He was also briefly seen in Dawn of the Dead as one of the officers at the police dock. His last role was in Jason Rutherford’s 2018 horror film Shhhh.
We send our deepest condolences to his friends and family in this very sad time.