Thaao Penghlis is a veteran Australia-based Soap opera acting professionally who has been displaying his talent in the TV series Days of our Lives as Tony Dimera. The show has been running since 1981 and has quite a number of engaging audiences.

Besides, Penghlis has also made his appearance in the movies like The Bell Jar, Altered States, Les Patterson saves the underworld, and Job’s daughter.

Earlier Life

Penghlis was born on the 15th of December, 1945, in Surry Hills, New South Wales, and was raised in Sydney, Australia after being relocated to Australia with his parents. He holds the zodiac sign Sagittarius.

Thaao Penghlis as a child with his mother
Thaao Penghlis as a child with his mother
source: Instagram @thaaopenglis

He received his primary and high school level education in Sydney and after graduating high school, Penghlis moved to New York, a land of opportunity to get career opportunities.

Penghlis has kept his parental information behind the bars and also has not said anything that clarifies about his siblings.

Net Worth

Thaao Penghlis is estimated to have a net worth of $5 Million approximately. Being a veteran actor, he gets paid more than the average salary that an actor receives.

His salary is said to have more than $50k annualy which he earns during his professional career. He has been active in the entertainment field for more than three decades now.

Likewise, Penghlis has a beautiful house in Los Angelos with 2 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms which he acquired in 2002 and cost him $710,000. In addition to this, he has luxurious cars.

Relationship Status

Apparently, The Days of Our Lives actor Thao Penghlis is single and is not having an affair with anyone. He is enjoying his single life and is focusing on his career.

Liz Chandler and Tony DiMera
Liz Chandler and Tony DiMera
source: Days of our lives

Thao is known for his silence on his personal topics and does not prefer to publicize them. Although the actor has worked with a number of female partners and has a good friendship with them, he has not dated any of them.

However, in the TV series Days of our Lives, Tom DiMera (Thao) is married to Liz Chandler played by Gloria Loring.

Set A New Record In Running In Track Field That Lasted For A Decade

In the early days, Penghlis used to be a great athlete. He had set a new record in running in the track field in 110 m hurdle and set a new record in south Wales.

The record that he made lasted for a decade. This was one of the proud moments as well as achievements for Penghlis.

Thaao Penghlis Stroke

Days of our Lives actor Joseph Mascolo who played the role of Stefano Dimera, father of Tony Dimera played by Thaao died after having a stroke. He was fighting Alzheimer’s and died on 2016.

Mascolo was a good actor and shared a good bond with Thaao. Thaao has expressed his grief and tweeted The series won’t be the same without him.

Has Played Dual Role In Days Of Our Lives

Thaoo Plenghis has been playing a dual role in the TV series Days of our lives. The show has telecasted in 1983 and is still running. The show has received a lot of engaging audiences.

It is a soap opera that depicts the confused and stressed lives of couples in Salem city. Their threads of love, affairs, secrets, and psychological problems make their life dramatic and stressful.

Tony DiMera Back From The Dead (2019)

Plenghis has played the villain role of Tony Dimera who is the son of Stefano Dimera, who has come to Salem city to win back his wife Liz chandler, and to expand his family business. Likewise, he has also played the role of Andre Dimera, who originally was introduced as the nephew of Stefano but undergoes plastic surgery to look like, Tony.

Donated $50k To Syrian Children’s Education

Thaao has displayed that he thinks for humans and humanity. He has been involved in social welfare. Days of our Lives donate some amount from his net worth to needy people rather than spending it extravagantly.

He has donated $50k to the children’s education in Syria. Likewise, he has also done charity work.

Learned Acting Under The Tutelage Of Milton Katselas

Penghlis had a passion for acting from a very young age and decided to enter the world of acting. For this, he relocated to New York and studied acting under Milton Katselas.

Milton was an American acting tutor, stage producer, and director, He taught many students for years after owning Beverly Hills studio. He learned to act under  Elia Kazan and Lee Strasberg

While learning under Katselas, Penghlis had an opportunity to act on the stage with his debuting play Jockeys, which received a lot of appreciation.

Thaao Penghlis Rumored To Be Gay

Penghlis has remained unmarried his whole life and also is not known to have been involved in a relationship which has led many people to doubt his sexual orientation.

Thaao has been rumored to be gay. However, the soap opera actor has denied that rumor. Also, once he was rumored to be dating Lauren Coslow whom he had worked with. They both denied the rumor and Lauren married another guy.

This again brought the doubt about Penghlis’s sexuality to the surface.

Loves Archaeology And History

Mission Impossible TV series actor, Penghlis is fond of Archaeology and history. He loves to look and dig into past monuments.

He discusses egyptology and archaeology with lots of people and has even mentioned it on his Instagram account.

Awards And Nominations

Thaao has been nominated and entitled in different categories throughout his career. Recognizing his talent in different roles, he was nominated for his Favorite return in 2003 and the villainous role in 2005.

He has been entitled Outstanding Guest Performer in the Drama series in 2019 and also an outstanding Lead actor in a Drama series in 2008.


In 1981, General Hospital’s Ice Princess saga featured Penghlis in the role of Victor Cassadine, brother of Mikkos Cassadine and Anthony Cassadine. This was his first daytime appearance in front of viewers. He was subsequently cast as the evil Count Tony DiMera.

Thaao Penghlis as Victor Cassadine in General Hospital

He has also made an appearance in the Remake of the movie Mission Impossible as an actor, makeup artist, and voice impersonator Nicholas Black.

Throughout his career, Penghlis has had 38 credits as an actor in his IMDb profile. Memories of Midnight, Emma: Queen of the South Seas, Les Patterson Saves the World, are some of his credits as an actor.

The Physical Appearance of Penghlis

The General Hospital actor is in his late seventies but appears to be a lot younger. He has got medium-length brown hair as well as beautiful pair of brown eyes.

Thaao Penghlis in a nice suit
Thaao Penghlis in a nice suit
source: Instagram @thaaopenghlis

Penghlis has a height of 5 ft and 7 inches which is equivalent to 170 cm and has maintained his weight of around 77 kg (169 lbs).

Social Media Presence

Thaao is quite active on social media platforms. He has activated his accounts on major platforms and has a large number of fan followings.

The General Hospital actor, Penghlis is active on Instagram under the username @thaaopenghlis which has more than 26k followers. He has shared his professional life on this platform.

Likewise, his Twitter account @ThaaoPenghlis has more than 35k followers and he tweets about his life.

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