|Days of our Lives|
|Portrayed by||Jordi Vilasuso (2016-17)|
Francisco San Martin (2011)
|Current status||Former; Regular|
|First appearance||March 11, 2011|
|Last appearance||September 26, 2017|
|Cause/reason||Went into Hiding|
|Created by||Dena Higley|
|Introduced by||Ken Corday and Gary Tomlin|
|Occupation||Co-Founder and CEO of GDR |
Con Artist (formerly)
Project manager for Titan (formerly)
Entry level position at Titan (formerly)
Bartender at the Cheatin' Heart (formerly)
Dock worker (formerly)
Dario Hernandez is a character from the soap opera Days of Our Lives, recently portrayed by Jordi Vilasuso, who joined the series on February 19th, 2016, but was originated by Francisco San Martin, who held the role between March 11th and September 22nd, 2011.
In July 2017, it was announced that Vilasuso would depart from the series, last airing July 31, 2017. Vilasuso made one final appearance as Dario on September 26, 2017.
Dario arrived in Salem as a petty thief. He stole Gabriella's earring and Melanie's necklace. After several trips to the pawn shop and some mysterious meetings with a man on the docks, it was revealed that Dario came to Salem to investigate Arianna's murder -- a case that had gone cold in the Salem PD. Dario and Melanie immediately butted heads, as Dario was quick to accuse all of Arianna's Salem friends of not caring about solving her case. Melanie used some of her divorce settlement from Philip to put out an award for information on the murder. While working together to solve Arianna's murder, Dario and Melanie began to have feelings for each other. Dario was the first person that Melanie called when she interrupted Brady's assault on EJ and needed help cleaning up the crime. Reluctantly, Dario agreed to help Melanie. Eventually, Daniel, Jennifer, Carly, Maggie, Victor, Nicole, Taylor, Bo, and Hope all kept the crime a secret to protect Melanie's involvement as well as Brady. Brady offered Dario a job at Titan, claiming that the two of them had gotten off on the wrong foot. The real reason was that Brady did not want Dario around Melanie. So, Brady assigned Dario to the hardest manager, who demanded overtime from all his employees. But Dario proved to be up to the challenge. He quickly impressed his manager and was rewarded with a promotion. The only downside was that the job was in Argentina. Knowing that she couldn't stand between Dario and this career opportunity, Melanie said goodbye to Dario and he moved to Argentina.
In January 2016, Brady Black encountered Dario, who is looking for Summer Townsend in L.A. Dario was working as a bartender after his job with Titan fell through, and knew Summer. Dario also bumped into Nicole Walker, who was looking for Brady, and she is shocked to see him. Dario is then seen in a phone call with Nicole and says he's thinking of returning to Salem. Dario comes to Salem, learns Summer found out Maggie Horton Kiriakis is her biological mother. Dario tried to convince Summer to take advantage of Maggie's wealth. He also starts to spend time with Nicole in Salem. Dario also reunites with his family, including his estranged father and their mother is found by Rafe. Dario and Rafe blame Eduardo for Adrianna's kidnapping, and refuse to have anything to do with him.
Dario and Summer ended up having a one night stand, and he later helped her hide the body of Clark Bernard. Summer as eventually forced to leave town when she was accused of kidnapping Tate Black. After Summer left, and Nicole got involved with Deimos Kiriakis, Dario hooked up with Blanca, who was brought to town by his mother to help Rafe get over Hope Brady. Dario became angered when his family seemed to figure Eduardo, and hired a man named Aldo to attack Gabi and make it seem like it was an enemy of Eduardo's. His plan worked and Eduardo left town, but Dario was exposed after Aldo was arrested for attacking Gabi and her friend.
Dario and Eduardo reconciled after Eduardo helped him when he was injured in a bomb explosion. Father and son went into business was together and created a a start up company called GDR. They stole a bunch of microchips that were owned by Andre DiMera, and used the Kiriakis family shipping to smuggle them into Salem. They got away with it until Andre found out about it. Dario attempted to one up Andre, and held a gun to him, but Andre was one step ahead and had Dario held at gunpoint by one of his men, forcing Dario to back off.
Dario attempted to broker peace with Chad DiMera and Sonny Kiriakis, attempted to broker peace, but it soon devolved into arguing when each party attempted to stake their claim to the Orwell device with Dario claiming they had the wife of tech genius named Myron Raditz. Dario attempted to have Deimos assassinated, but Nicole saved him. Deimos retaliated by having a couple of thugs beat Dario to near death. He was found by Nicole, and taken to the hospital where he had emergency surgery. Soon after, he was cared for in the hospital by Abigail, and he went off to find Chad and Gabi after learning they were kidnapped by Deimos. Dario tried to have Myron finish the Orwell, so they could give it to Deimos, but Abby managed to narrow down the location to a Kiriakis warehouse, and she and Dario were able to rescue them.
In April, Eduardo was arrested for staking treasury bonds. He went to prison, but this formed a temporary rift in Rafe and Dario's relationship since Rafe was the one who arrested their father, and Gabi had to try and play peace maker between them. Dario and Myron hatched a new scheme to steal money from various businesses including Countess Wilhelmina, a subsidiary of DiMera Enterprises.
Unknown to anyone else, Dario had begun to grow feelings for Abigail, wanting her for himself. Months later, in June, after Abigail decided to end her marriage with Chad. He decided to have Abigail all to himself so he set up a plan in order to have her marry him, by pleading her to him because he needs to marry an american citizen in order not to get deported to Mexico. Abigail in the end, decided to help him in his dilemma not knowing she's being deceived.
In July, Abby found out about Dario's shady dealings and found out he had stolen money from DiMera Enterprises. She confronted Dario about it, and threatened to turn him into the police. Dario responded by showing Abby a picture of Chad by Deimos' dead body, wiping his prints off the knife that was in Deimos. He claimed that Chad had killed Deimos, and threatened to to turn him into the police. The FBI were also investigating Dario for counterfeiting, and arrested him after Myron ratted on him. Dario made a deal for him and Abby to go into witness program if Dario testified against his partner. He blackmailed Abby into going with him, confusing to use the photo as leverage. A furious Chad confronted Dario, and it got heated as a car sped towards them. Dario ran away from being hit, while Abigail pushed Chad out of the way saving him. But she got into a critical condition. Dario rushed towards her, begging her for forgiveness for what's happened, since the hit was meant to be his. He runs away in order to protect his loved ones or they will be in danger as well. The Salem P.D. soon after begins a man hunt to find him.
On August 22, Abe and Eli revealed that Dario's partner-in-crime is none other than Commissioner Raines. In September 1, Dario contacts Rafe; he shares that he deeply regrets what he did to Abigail and informs him that he has sent a package to himself that contains enough evidence to have Raines convicted. Outside of Club TBD Gabi is given the package by a mail man, inside is a recorder she listens to a conversation between Raines and Dario that elaborates why Raines became his partner-in-crime.On September 26 2017, Abby used Gabi's phone to contact Dario and asked for a divorce. Dario agreed, saying he couldn't refuse after all Abby has done for him. He tells Abby he really is sorry for everything he did, and Abby tells Dario to take care of himself, before hanging up.