The veteran actor died at his home in Houston on May 4
Gerald Castillo, best known for his roles in General Hospital and Saved by the Bell, has died. He was 90.
The veteran actor died at his home in Houston on May 4, his wife Dayna Quinn-Castillo told The Hollywood Reporter.
Castillo landed his first screen role in 1978’s The Jeffersons. Actor Sherman Hemsley, who played the role of George Jefferson on the CBS sitcom, encouraged him to pursue his acting career in Los Angeles after appearing onstage together, the outlet reported.
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Castillo’s reps did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.
From 1989 to 1992, he played Mario Lopez’s on-screen father, Major Slater, in Saved by the Bell. He also portrayed Judge Davis Wagner in General Hospital from 1992 to 1994.
Castillo has also appeared on the small screen in M*A*S*H, Dallas, Hill Street Blues, Night Court, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, and All in the Family.
On the big screen, he has had roles in Through Naked Eyes, Death Wish 4: The Crackdown, State of Emergency and Above Suspicion.
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Before retiring in 2012, the actor also worked as a stage director for productions in Los Angeles and Ventura counties.
Paying tribute to his career, Castillo’s wife told THR, “Many of the actors he has worked with remember him as a charismatic and insightful director who jingled the loose change in his pocket while contemplating a scene, and then jumped on stage to dream up the scene. “Block or whisper in an actor’s ear.”
She added, “He was revered for the support and guidance that allowed actors to fully develop their characters on stage.”
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The actor, whose daughter Lisa passed away, is survived by Quinn-Castillo, twin brother Bernie Castillo, grandsons Brian and Stephanie Palmere, and great-grandson Allen Palmere.
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