Gerald Castillo, renowned for his performances in popular shows like General Hospital and Saved by the Bell, has passed away at the age of 90.
This news was confirmed by his wife, Dayna Quinn-Castillo, who stated that her husband passed away at their home in Houston, Texas on May 4.
Castillo was a familiar face on television, featuring in shows like CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, M*A*S*H, Dallas, and The Jeffersons. However, he was perhaps most recognized for his guest appearances on General Hospital and Saved by the Bell.
Dayna, Castillo’s wife, paid tribute to her late husband in a statement. She said, “Many of the actors he worked with remember him as a charismatic and insightful director who would jingle the change in his pocket while he pondered a scene, then leap onto the stage to work out the blocking or whisper in an actor’s ear. He was revered for providing the support and guidance that allowed actors to fully develop their characters on stage.”
Reports suggest that Castillo secured his first on-screen role on The Jeffersons, thanks to encouragement from Sherman Hemsley, his co-star on the show. This opportunity arose after the duo had collaborated on a stage production.
Castillo’s first significant supporting role was portraying Mario Lopez’s on-screen father in Saved by the Bell between 1992 and 1994. Following that, he garnered further recognition as Judge Davis Wagner on the popular show General Hospital from 1992 to 1994.
As per People magazine, Castillo also had several roles in movies, including Through Naked Eyes, Death Wish 4: The Crackdown, State of Emergency, and Above Suspicion. Before retiring in 2012, the nonagenarian reportedly worked as a stage director for productions in Los Angeles and Ventura.
Gerald Castillo will be dearly missed. May he rest in peace.
We extend our thoughts and prayers to his loved ones during this challenging time.