Iconic Hollywood Actor and ‘Dallas’ Star Loses Fight to Cancer

June 30, 2018Jun 30, 2018

Canadian actor Daniel Pilon, known primarily for his role as Renaldo “Naldo” Marchetta in the 80s TV show “Dallas,” passed away. He was 77.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Pilon died June 26 after a battle with cancer. His agent Noble Caplan Abrams in Toronto confirmed the news.

Pilon had a 50-year career as an actor. In the 1970s and 1980s, he reached his peak starring not only on “Dallas” but also fan favorites such as “Hart to Hart,” “Murder She Wrote,” and “Days of Our Lives.”

He was born November 13, 1940, in Montreal. He first got his start Quebec in the 1968 drama “The Rape of a Sweet Girl.” In that story, Pilon and his older brother Donald Pilon played two of the heroine’s three brothers.

A year later he played the role of Captain Allwood in the British war film “Play Dirty,” which was released in 1969. In that film, he starred alongside Michael Caine and Nigel Davenport.

Pilon also was popular in the daytime soap opera scene. In “Days of Our Lives,” he starred as Gavin Newirth, and would also appear in “Ryan’s Hope” and “Guiding Light.”

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