Castillo gained prominence for his portrayal of A.C. Slater’s father in the beloved series “Saved by the Bell” from 1989 to 1992. He also left a notable impact on television, appearing in acclaimed shows such as “Knots Landing,” “Hill Street Blues,” “General Hospital,” “All in the Family,” “Barnaby Jones,” and “M*A*S*H.” In the film industry, Castillo made his mark with memorable performances in movies like “Through Naked Eyes,” “Death Wish 4: The Crackdown,” and “Delta Force 2: The Colombian Connection.”
Beginning at the Goodman Theater in Chicago, Castillo refined his craft and then headed to Los Angeles, prompted by actor Sherman Hemsley. In 1978, he debuted on “The Jeffersons” and achieved success in diverse acting endeavors.
After partially retiring, Castillo shifted to directing theater in California, gaining recognition for his charisma and insightful style. In 2012, he retired from on-screen acting and settled in Houston.
According to the Daily Caller:
Quinn-Castillo referenced 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.”
The famous actor was also featured on the big screen in films such as “Through Naked Eyes,” “Death Wish 4: The Crackdown,” “Kinjite,” “Forbidden Subjects,” “Delta Force 2: The Colombian Connection,” “State of Emergency,” and “Above Suspicion,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Castillo continued to follow his passion for the arts well into his semi-retirement years by working in theatres across Los Angeles and the Santa Paula Theater in Ventura County.
Gerald Castillo’s illustrious career in television and film, including his iconic role in “Saved by the Bell,” left a lasting impression on audiences. His remarkable talent and versatility captivated viewers throughout the years. He is survived by his grandchildren Brian and Stephanie, as well as his great-grandsons Allen and Bernie.