Michael Tylo, Actor Known for ‘Zorro’ and Soap Operas, Dies at 72

by Josh Lanier

Michael Tylo, who starred in several soap operas as well as Zorro’s chief antagonist on the 1990s reboot, died earlier this week at his home in Nevada. He was 72.

Tylo died on Tuesday following “a sickness,” his family posted on his website.

“It is with heavy hearts that we announce that Michael has passed away on September 28th, 2021 after a sickness,” they wrote. “Please keep his family in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.”

Since 2003, Tylo served as a visiting film professor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He was assistant dean for the school’s College of Fine Arts as well as an acting teacher, The Hollywood Reporter said.

“Michael Tylo was a beautiful and caring human being — he was so special,” Nancy Uscher, dean of the College of Fine Arts, said in a statement. “He was an exemplary friend, colleague, teacher, and artist. He had such a distinguished and rich career, but he was humble about his accomplishments.”

Michael Tylo Had a Lengthy Acting Resume

Tylo’s acting resume stretched back nearly five decades and included some of the most popular soap operas of the 1980s and 90s.

He played archeologist Quint Chamberlain on Guiding Light from 1981-85. He returned to the show in 1996-97. Tylo also played Blade Bladeson on The Young and the Restless from 1992-1995. He was Lord Peter Belton on Another World, Sherman Gale on The Bold and the Beautiful, and Charlie Prince on General Hospital, Yahoo reported.

The Detroit native also starred as Alcalde Luis Ramone for the first two seasons of Zorro in 1990-91. He made appearances on Lonesome Dove, A Man Called Hawk, and Murder, She Wrote as well as dozens of other television shows, movies, and mini-series.

Tylo last appeared on television as the DC Comics supervillain Deathstroke in Darkwing: The Series, IMDb said.

Fan and former students remembered him as a gifted actor and professor.

“Before he was Deathstroke he was one of my favorite professors and had one of the biggest impacts on me and many of my peers,” a former student posted on Twitter. “Thank you for everything Michael Tylo. I’ll carry your wisdom with me for the rest of my days. RIP”

“RIP Michael Tylo. 1/2 of one of my top 5 favorite soap opera couples of all time. Guiding Light’s Quint and Nola. Gone way too soon,” a fan posted on Twitter. “You will be missed.”

Tylo’s interests extended far from television.

“I enjoy pottering around the house and doing the plumbing,” he said, per THR. “My father was a plumber, and I used to support myself doing plumbing. My father once told me, ‘They will always need plumbers. People will always have to go to the bathroom, but they won’t always watch television.’”

His third wife, Rachelle Reichert, and his four children survive him.