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Thaao Penghlis Heads Back To Days of our Lives! Will Be Play Tony Or Andre DiMera?


More exciting returns for the 50th anniversary of NBC’s Days of our Lives with the news today via Soap Opera Digest!

Thaao Penghlis, who was last seen on General Hospital as Victor Cassadine, has returned to Salem and is already filming new episodes in either the role of Tony DiMera, or his dastardly lookalike cousin, Andre DiMera!  Thaao is also back on contract!

Penghlis was last seen on DAYS  back in 2009 when Tony died.  As for Andre DiMera, viewers last saw him turn-off his own life-support machine in the hospital and framed Shawn Brady (Frank Parker) to make it look like he murdered him a few year prior.

The actor posted on his facebook page: “I’m back. I cannot tell how great it was going back to the DOOL set on contract & be embraced by so many. As Ken Corday said ‘Welcome back to the family.’ And seeing big Daddy was just beautiful. And love the material from the new head writers.”

So, who do you think Thaao will play when he re-emerges in Salem for the 50th anniversary episodes … Tony or Andre? Comment below!

Leave a comment | 48 Comments


  1. Scott (ATWT Fan)

    May 14, 2015 at 10:33 am

    Regardless of whom he will be playing, it’s exciting that the new executive team and head-writing regime are paying attention to the history of Days of Our Lives. All casting scoops are promising and makes me very excited about the upcoming fiftieth celebration this fall. However, I hope all planned returns aren’t outed by publications months in advance; I’d still love some elements of surprise when it comes to who appears.

    • Patrick

      May 14, 2015 at 12:13 pm

      Tony and Anna DiMera come home!

      the DiMera manse really needs a woman… and who better than Anna to return

      and then along comes Carrie, and her child
      much to the delight of Anna

      • EG

        May 14, 2015 at 1:45 pm

        I hope Tony. Chad needs a better DiMera roll
        model. Tony doesnt take shit from Stefano.
        He doesnt agree with his methods either.

      • damien

        May 14, 2015 at 8:24 pm

        awesome idea, would love to see carrie fight her child from the evil grasps of the dimera family, marlena and roman of course would also be resistant to that!
        bring back carrie and austin too!

      • Cindy george

        May 15, 2015 at 6:56 am

        Ugh. Not Carrie! Please nooooo!!!

      • kelly

        May 26, 2015 at 10:59 pm

        Tony is dead.

      • sue

        September 9, 2015 at 11:21 am

        Please no Carrie……ugh…….

    • Jen

      July 5, 2015 at 1:44 pm

      If you’ve read any of Thaao’s posts, he refers to Stefano as “daddy” and Chad as “brother” or “bro”…..He will most likely be Tony because Andre was a cousin.

      • Scott (ATWT Fan)

        July 6, 2015 at 5:32 pm

        TVLine confirmed his return as André; whether or not he’s also portraying Tony has yet to be confirmed.

  2. Blake

    May 14, 2015 at 10:40 am

    Great news! So glad Days keeps bringing back the faves! Keep it up Days this is going to be a kick ass 50th anniversary!

  3. LeeAnn

    May 14, 2015 at 10:50 am

    Doesn’t matter who he comes back as to me either, just as long as he comes back and hopefully stays awhile ! 🙂

  4. Jeremy

    May 14, 2015 at 10:52 am

    Thaao is just that good. Why not play both roles. As a long-time DAYS fan, unfortunately, I don’t recall Andre, I only remember Tony. Very pleased an iconic DiMera is returning.

    I still would love DAYS to usher in Robb Derringer or Ted King as the new-Peter Blake-Dimera. And, I hope somehow DAYS can manage to bring Eileen Davidson – ANY character(s) back for the 50th. As Kristen is “dead”…. Susan is always fun, gosh, DAYS will be moving upward!!!

    • Layla Kalich

      May 31, 2015 at 8:29 pm

      Robb Derringer would absolutely ROCK the role of Peter Blake-Dimera. Only thing is I am not sure if he would ever go back to another Soap. It would be nice to see Ted King in something though. Robb is doing a lot of guest spots and things like that.

    • Katie Rankin

      September 25, 2015 at 10:11 am

      Jeremy….Kristin’s body was never found……she’ll be back someday!

  5. MBmomof3

    May 14, 2015 at 11:32 am

    I’ll take Thaao as Tony and/or Andre! Yeah!

  6. Lou Piikes

    May 14, 2015 at 11:37 am

    No!! Victor, No!!! Please don’t leave Port Charles for Salem.

    • Shay

      May 14, 2015 at 12:42 pm

      Agreed, Lou, but it’s more like Port Charles left him….in the smoldering rubble of the Crichton-Clark Clinic! But I’ve never given up hope for a return engagement of the nefarious Victor Cassadine….loved, loved, loved him with Dr. O.!!!!! Bring him back, GH!

      • Timmm

        May 14, 2015 at 5:32 pm

        I agree Shay, we havent seen the last of Victor. I loved him and Spencer’s scenes together!

      • Cindy george

        May 15, 2015 at 6:58 am

        Agree. He is not written as cartoonish on GH as he is on Days.

      • Shay

        May 15, 2015 at 3:22 pm

        Hope you’re right, Timmm! Victor was always my favorite Cassadine, and he was a perfect beau for Dr. O.!!!! (Even if he couldn’t hold a candle to that “demented Dane” Faison in Liesl’s heart and mind….)

    • Missmeka1987

      May 14, 2015 at 1:53 pm

      you are out of luck He’s on days contract 🙂

      • knitter 1

        May 14, 2015 at 7:06 pm

        But only until his contract is up!

  7. Judy ox

    May 14, 2015 at 12:02 pm

    Wow good news awesome cant wait best news ever

  8. su0000

    May 14, 2015 at 12:28 pm

    looks like DROOL is getting a new cast ..
    always someone old or new being cast ..

  9. Mo

    May 14, 2015 at 12:50 pm

    I’m so happy. Hopefully he’s back as Tony. I was just thinking yesterday as I watched Days that they should bring back Peter.

    Hopefully Stefano will be back in person and not on the phone. He can figure out a way to bypass the charges.

    • Jeremy

      May 14, 2015 at 8:28 pm

      Supposedly, he is confirmed to play Andre.

  10. Mary SF

    May 14, 2015 at 12:51 pm

    If they are bringing back “dearly departed” Dimeras please bring back Lexie, she was the only sane one of the bunch– but love TP, glad he is coming back- Stefano needs more kin on the show, now with EJ and Kristen are MIA.

    • 4ever DAYS

      May 14, 2015 at 7:21 pm

      If Renee Jones doesn’t want to come back, Victoria Rowell would be great!

      • damien

        May 14, 2015 at 8:27 pm

        victoria rowell is too unpedictable and ungrateful, so glad y n r and neil moved on. she held the winters hostage storyline wise without her. they finally got a hot story with hilary, although it looks like pratt the prick cooled it for fake jack and crazy kelly. goof!

      • Mwlack

        September 29, 2015 at 1:45 am

        Dont be mad… No one can play Lexi’s Role as the original

  11. Beth

    May 14, 2015 at 1:22 pm

    Excellent news. Thaao has such a great history on the show, and he can evil with such charm. I like everything I’m hearing about the new writing team and where their priorities are. It’s a long time to have to wait, but I’m hopeful it’ll be worth it.

  12. Jimmy

    May 14, 2015 at 1:50 pm

    This is fantastic news! DAYS is overhauling the show for its 50th anniversary, and I’m really excited to see what they have in store. Thaao Penghlis is an amazing actor of such caliber and true talent. I LOVED him on GH as Victor Cassadine, but I love him even more as Tony/Andre DiMera. Truth be told, I don’t really care which role he plays, I’m just stoked that he’s returning, and on contract! GH were fools not to keep him around, but their loss is definitely DAYS gain. I’ve wanted him to return for years, and now, he finally is.

  13. Avelina from Santorini Greece

    May 14, 2015 at 1:56 pm


  14. James McDonald

    May 14, 2015 at 2:42 pm

    Thaao Penghlis and A. Martinez both on Days of Our Lives…I am so excited I busted my buttons. So glad Thaao is returning to Days and I thought they would never ask. Bravo to the writers for writing a story for him. I hope Thaao is playing “Tony” again and the writers sure do have some explaining to do. They made his death so final. I could never believe it was Tony left on the island and we saw Andre get swallowed up in quicksand years back. Tony has as many lives as Stefano does. “The Phoenix arises” I have always enjoyed seeing Joseph Mascolo and Thaao P. working together.
    So glad that A. Martinez will be in a soap opera again and it is Days Of Our Lives. Bold and Beautiful didn’t give him more than a dozen episodes. Wonder if he will be “Doctor Cruz” or play a villain named “Adolph Martinez”? (hee-hee)

  15. elm51

    May 14, 2015 at 3:08 pm

    this news is fascinating – i am doing the happy dance!!!

    • Patrick

      May 14, 2015 at 6:19 pm

      STAR count : “respectively”

      Thaao Penghlis
      A Martinez

      Ali Sweeney
      Peter Reckell
      Stephen Nichols

      Camila Banus

      Aussie hunk
      star turn for recast (soras) Joey

      Oy ! hope I haven’t left any one out : hoping for surprise guests as well

      I sure would LOVE Shane and Kimberly Donovan
      Carrie and child
      Fay is alive (Nicole’ mother)

      • 4ever DAYS

        May 14, 2015 at 7:23 pm

        Kimberly is on next week, Patrick!

      • Jeremy

        May 14, 2015 at 8:43 pm

        Alexander Bruszt as Finn.

        So, it seems that Thaao is playing Andre & A is playing Eduardo.

  16. Gmbenet

    May 14, 2015 at 4:59 pm

    Regardless of who Thaao plays, the big deal is how his presence will be explained. Happy for Thaao because I have known for quite some time that he wanted to return to Salem. Just hope the premise is not so far fetched that the story becomes ridiculous. Maybe shows ought to be more careful about killing off characters. I think Ken Corday has done that in recent years. I applaud him for that. It is also nice to have a show that people want to return to. So congrats to all concerned.

  17. Timmm

    May 14, 2015 at 5:30 pm

    I would love to see him back at GH BUT I am happy for the fans of Days. Thaao is a great actor!

  18. Norman

    May 15, 2015 at 1:13 am

    I hope that Andre stays for long on days. I hope he plays the bad man. And he be helping Stefano out, Andre needs to teach Chad to be a better Dimera. Chad is getting to soft lately. He’s going to save Marlena ass from stefano. Andre you got to teach him to a bad ass Dimera.

  19. Dawn

    May 15, 2015 at 2:45 am

    Considering Kristen is dead. I would love to see Tony come back revenging the death of his ex wife and EJ. I like both Andre and Tony. You have any Dimera on screen I am sitting on the edge of my seat wondering what they are up to and what is in store for Salem with the best villians. I am so happy to hear Thaao is coming back now Days get be back like it use to be the good old days with new stories in mind.

  20. CeeCee

    May 15, 2015 at 5:19 am

    I can’t wait to see TP. I loved him as Tony DiMera….not so much as Victor Cassadine. He is one of the most captivating actors ever!!!! Can’t wait!

  21. JP

    May 15, 2015 at 7:24 am

    I’ve been watching Days of Our Lives for over 30 years, so I am a LONG time fan, and I’m excited to see familiar favorites back on canvas. However, I’m concerned that they are forcing a lot of old characters without solid, long-term plans for them. I’m a little worried that the show is coming to an end and these actors are being brought back to give fans an ending to their stories. I seriously hope that TPTB aren’t forcing out the younger cast members in a desperate effort to lure viewers back with familiar faces, because new generations are necessary for a show to continue to thrive. No one wants to watch everyone sit around the retirement home. Actors like Jen Lilley, Christopher Sean, Billy Flynn and Casey Moss all have huge potential that still needs to be tapped. I’m happy for the revitalization as long as it’s not at their expense.

    • Patrick

      May 15, 2015 at 9:28 am

      “Jen Lilley, Christopher Sean, Billy Flynn and Casey Moss all have huge potential”

      huge amounts to tap… just love these 4

      just tap in on the extras…. as well

      Maxine, Anne, T, : these 3 are dynamo

    • Patrick

      May 15, 2015 at 10:52 pm

      I just about jumped in to the TV set : OMG! Eve meets Rafe and isn’t involved w/JJ and Paige and it works… is hot… interesting : intriguing… could be

      why not ?


      celebrate some hotness

  22. Dale

    October 2, 2015 at 11:28 am

    My favorite DiMera was always Renee(such a tragic character). Her last few episodes, prior to her death, were incredibly exciting… and since she was a DiMera. Death is just a minor detail.

  23. Rhonda

    November 10, 2015 at 10:26 pm

    Omg. I am so behind with my DVR of days… Tony was my favorite Dimera.. But to see Thaao again. As Tony or Andre..…Im lovin it.… I screamed so loud. I love him. I don’t care, Tony and Stephano was the best. Thank you Days….

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