Daniel Pilon, ‘Dallas’ Actor In ‘Guiding Light,’ ‘Ryan’s Hope,’ Dies at 77

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Daniel Pilon, the Dallas actor who portrayed Renaldo “Naldo” Marchetta, the villainous tycoon and ex-husband of Jenna Wade, has died. He was 77. DANIEL PILON His agent at Noble Caplan Abrams in Toronto confirmed Pilon died on June 26 after a battle with cancer. Pilon, who had a 50-year career as an actor that reached its peak during the 1970s and 1980s, was born on Nov. 13, 1940 in Montreal.
His first movie role was in Quebec director Gilles Carle’s 1968 drama Le Viol d’une Jeune Fille Douce (The Rape of a Sweet Girl), where Pilon and his elder brother, Donald Pilon, played two of the heroine’s three brothers.
That was followed by an appearance in the 1969 British war film, Play Dirty, where Pilon played the role of Capt. Allwood, alongside Michael Caine and Nigel Davenport.
Pilon’s first daytime soap role was as Gavin Newirth on Days of Our Lives. He would later perform more soap roles on Ryan’s Hope and Guiding Light.   His other TV credits included Hart to Hart, Cagney & LaceyBrannigan and Murder, She Wrote.
Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
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