Renowned actor Gerald Castillo, famous for his performances in popular television series like General Hospital and Saved by the Bell, has sadly passed away at the age of 90.
His wife, Dayna Quinn-Castillo, confirmed the unfortunate news, sharing that her husband peacefully left this world on May 4 at their residence in Houston, Texas.
Castillo was a well-known figure on TV screens, making appearances in notable shows such as CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, MAS*H, Dallas, and The Jeffersons. However, he gained the most recognition for his guest roles on General Hospital and Saved by the Bell.
In a statement, Dayna, Castillo’s wife, paid tribute to her late husband, describing him as a captivating and perceptive director. Many of his fellow actors remember him for his unique way of approaching scenes, where he would thoughtfully jingle the change in his pocket before diving into the stage to work on blocking or whispering valuable insights to the actors. He was highly respected for providing the support and guidance necessary for actors to fully develop their characters on stage.
According to reports, Castillo’s first appearance on screen happened thanks to encouragement from Sherman Hemsley, his co-star on The Jeffersons, after the two had collaborated on a stage production. This opportunity eventually led to a significant supporting role as Mario Lopez’s on-screen father in Saved by the Bell from 1992 to 1994. Subsequently, he gained further acclaim for his portrayal of Judge Davis Wagner on the popular show General Hospital during the same period.
Additionally, Castillo also had a presence in several movies, including Through Naked Eyes, Death Wish 4: The Crackdown, State of Emergency, and Above Suspicion, as stated by People magazine. Prior to retiring in 2012, the nonagenarian reportedly served as a stage director for productions in Los Angeles and Ventura.
Gerald Castillo’s absence leaves a void in the entertainment industry, and his presence will be greatly missed. May he find eternal rest. Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to his loved ones as they navigate through this challenging time.