|Days of Our Lives|
|Portrayed by||Tyler Christopher (2017–19)|
Brandon Barash (2019)
|Current status||Former; Regular|
|First appearance||December 29, 2017|
|Last appearance||May 4, 2020|
|Cause/reason||Appeared in Abigail's hallucination|
|Created by||Ron Carlivati|
|Introduced by||Ken Corday, Albert Alarr and Greg Meng (2017)|
|Fullname||Stefan Octavius DiMera|
|Nickname(s)||Freak (by Gabi)|
|Alias(es)||Sam Maitlin (birth name)|
|Died||October 11, 2019|
|Cause of death||Died by being taken off life-support after being shot in the neck during a shootout between Lani Price and Vivian Alamain|
|Occupation||Former Corporate Raider|
Former CEO of DiMera Enterprises
|Residence||Salem, Illinois (at time of death)|
On September 20, 2018 it was announced that Tyler Christopher would be taking time off the show and would be replaced by Brandon Barash who will first appeared in early 2019. On October 23, Soap Opera News and Daytime Indulgence said that Christopher is not returning to DAYS and that Barash would be staying on the show.
Barash last aired as Stefan on October 11, 2019, when the character was killed off.
In August 2017, after much speculation and reports, it has been confirmed that indeed, former ABC soap General Hospital Daytime Emmy-winning star, Tyler Christopher (Ex-Nikolas Cassadine) has joined the cast of NBC’s Days of our Lives, in what is said to be a top secret role.
According to EW.com, Tyler has been working on set on the NBC daytime drama series will debut on air sometime late in 2017 or early 2018, since DAYS production and shooting schedule is six-months ahead. With Christopher now at DAYS it reunites him with former GH head writer, who knows steers the writing ship in Salem, Ron Carlivati.
Tyler tweeted on Thursday on the reveal of his coming to DAYS: ”I want to thank @nbcdays for welcoming me into their home. Although I can’t comment on the character, @carlivatiron has handed me a gem of a story I am eager for you to see.”
As soap fans know, Tyler made a splash on to their daytime screens back in 1996 when he took on the role of Nikolas Cassadine, the firstborn son of Laura Spencer played by Genie Francis. The actor left GH when talks of his return officially broke in September last year, after he went on a hiatus from the series back in May of 2016.
According to SID, Tyler's character will be the son of Stefano DiMera and Vivian Alamain. He will be a rival to his brother Chad.
On March 20, 2019, Tyler last aired as Stefan. Barash took over the role on Friday, March 22, 2019.
Barash exit the show in mid October.
He is the long lost son of crime lord Stefano DiMera and his ex-wife Vivian Alamain. Stefano never knew he existed. Stefan was conceived when Stefano was posing as Rudolpho Meradi and seduced her to steal her ruby. Although Viv’s manservant, Ivan, told her the baby was stillborn, the infant was spirited away. He was raised as Sam Maitlin and grew up into a cutthroat corporate raider. He's a champion in chess much like his father before him. His chess genius nephew Theo Carver, admitted that Stefan is an excellent player when he played against him, even better than Chad. In 2016, Sam learned the true identity of his mother and confronted Ivan, who revealed the truth. Vivian later told Sam that Stefano was his biological father, so Sam changed his name to Stefan Octavius DiMera specifically, so it could be pronounced as "Stefan O. DiMera".
Stefan is also the half brother of EJ, and Chad DiMera, the late Benjy Hawk, Andre, Lexie Carver, Renee DuMonde, Megan Hathaway, as well as the adoptive brother of Kristen DiMera and Peter Blake and the late Tony DiMera. As of New Years Eve 2018, he is the head of whatever was left of the DiMera family and CEO of DiMera Enterprises.
Since his arrival, Stefan has portrayed many traits of both his biological and adoptive siblings; standing up to Vivian and refusing to do her will in the same fashion as Tony did to Stefano, concocting his own schemes without Vivian as EJ did with Stefano, showing a hidden charm and casual niceness as well as exemplary manners as Lexie did, while also showing a rather hostile nature and portraying almost sinister behavior rather more like Andre and Kristen. In April 2018, Marlena compared Stefan's obsession with Abigail aka Gabby to Stefano's obsession with Marlena in the 90's, and while Stefan insisted he wasn't his father, he reminded Marlena that like his father, Stefan wasn't to be crossed and he vowed to destroy Marlena if she dared to get in his way. He even turned the tables on his own mother, Vivian, later that same month as Tony, E.J. and Andre had all done at some point due to their father's interference in their lives.
Stefan has proven himself to be even more delusional than his own crazed adopted sister Kristen, whom unlike Stefan, had good reasons to snap and become the amoral woman that she is now. In addition, he is sicker than his father Stefano for he is actually in love with "Gabby", Abigail's alter, a woman that doesn't even exist, a fact even acknowledged by his own malicious mother Vivian, indicating how more sick and twisted he is than his father ever was, for at least his obsessions were on a real person. He is not as intelligent or at least not as perceptive as Stefano as he could not see that Gabi is playing him into thinking that Abigail’s baby was his when in fact it’s really Chads.
In late 2018, he got married to Abigail by the greedy Minister Mendez though she only married him so Chad wouldn't commit her into a mental hospital as she is using his ridiculous obsession with her alter to ensure Gabi's plot against her would fail. In the end, Abigail secretly divorced him after making him think "Gabby" is back and it was soon revealed Charlotte wasn't his and that Gabi played him for a fool.
Much like how Deimos Kiriakis was the most unwanted Kiriakis, Stefan was the most unwanted DiMera, as not even his family considered him to be one of them, which is why he was hardly mourned for after he was accidentally killed by Dt. Lani Price. Gabi, Ben and Ciara, Sonny and Will, Lani and Eli, and Brady and Kristen were the only attendees at his funeral. Sonny and Will were there to support Gabi, Lani and Eli were there out of a sense of responsibility, and Kristen wanted to show her brother that she finally accepted him as a "true DiMera", more likely she wanted to give herself closure than give him peace. His mother didn't attend his funeral as she was on the run for nearly killing her nemesis, Kate Roberts. In the end, only his narcissistic sociopath of a wife, Gabi Hernandez, and his one friend and supposedly reformed serial killer, Ben Weston were the only ones who truly mourned him.
After the arrival of Jake Lambert in Salem, who looked exactly like Stefan, many (including Gabi) highly assumed he might be a resurrected Stefan with amnesia. Though, according to Dr. Wilhelm Rolf, if Jake is Stefan then he wasn't the one who revived him as he did with so many of his former patients. However, given Stefan's heart was removed and given to Julie Williams, it is highly unlikely that Jake is Stefan, and it's most probable Rolf is deceiving Gabi for his own ends. In July 2020, a DNA test between Jake and Stefan confirmed that they are a complete match. However, in July 15, 2020, Ivan Marais revealed that Jake isn't Stefan but his long lost twin, who was thought to have died at child birth.
Despite being Stefan's twin, he's not deluded or sick-minded as he was, he's fully aware of the kind of monster his brother was and became more horrified upon learning that Stefan sexually assaulted their sister-in-law, Abigail DiMera. He didn't mourn for Stefan as he admitted to Gabi that he wouldn't have liked him, given the abominable acts he committed.
On New Years Eve, Stefan arrived at his half-brother Chad and his wife Abigail's "Black Tie Affair" Party at Doug's Place with his mother Vivian Alamain. He revealed to everyone he is Stefano's son with Vivian. He is quite taken with Abigail and hands out letters to Kate, Chad and Andre from the board that confirms he is the new CEO of DiMera Enterprises effective immediately. The next day, at Club TBD, Stefan meets Chloe Lane, and causally flirts with her. He arrives at the mansion just in time to stop a fight between Vivian and Kate. Stefan proves to his newfound family he is Stefano's son through a new DNA test. While doing so Stefan revealed to Chad and Abigail that he's the new owner of the mansion and he and his mother are moving in. He allowed Chad, Abigail, Thomas, Andre and Kate to stay at the mansion and to keep their jobs if they please. In the end, Chad and Abigail decided to stay. He expressed interest in Abigail to his mother, who reminded him that she was his brother's wife.
On January 16, Stefan bonded with his nephew Theo through a game of chess at the hospital. Chad and Abigail arrived and he decided to leave. When his mother informed him that Chad and John Black are close to finding out that Andre was the saboteur at DiMera, she wanted him eliminated. He was against it until she persuaded him with the possibility of a chance with Abigail.
After Andre was found murdered, he and his mother made sure their stories checked out and when he found Abigail depressed over losing Andre he comforted her. On February 2, Stefan attended Andre's funeral with the rest of the family. When Hattie Adams invaded the funeral, Stefan demanded to know who she was. He and Chad removed her from the premises and took her to the SPD. When he returned home, Stefan and Vivian argued over his feelings for Abigail, leading to Vivian slapping him. On February 12, after being questioned by Rafe and Eli about Andre's missing phone, it's revealed Stefan has Andre's phone and deleted the messages related to him and his mother.
On Valentine's day, Stefan arrived at Doug’s Place, and congratulates Chad and Abigail with a bottle of champagne. Later when he returned home he found Abigail in his room; wearing a wig and clothes that made her look like Gabi. To his confusion, she claimed she is Gabby. He sees the urn lid and realizes she killed Andre and that she's trying to frame him. After arguing, Gabby reveals she saw Stefan and Vivian talking over Andre’s dead body. Gabby kisses Stefan before leaving. The next day, Stefan questioned Abigail about last night, and she doesn't know what he's talking about. Chad warns him to stay away from his wife. When Stefan returns to his room, Gabby enters while he's changing. They kiss, and when Chad knocks on Stefan's door, Stefan forces her to hide in the closet.
Chad enters and the brothers argue. When Chad leaves, Gabby resurfaces. On her way out, she says she'll "come out" when she can. Stefan begins doing research on Dissociative Identity Disorder. He reads a book written by Kimberly Brady. On February 28, Stefan is forced to reveal the Gabby situation to his mother when Gabby attacks her with a fire poker. He convinces Gabby to let him help her, and takes her coat, telling her he’ll frame someone else for Andre’s murder. Stefan and Vivian arrange to have Gabi framed for the murder by putting the coat and the urn lid in Ari’s overnight bag. Later Stefan tries to get Gabby to see she is not the real Gabi Hernandez but Abigail’s alter. When she was not convinced, he pulls off her wig. As she begins to panic, Stefan calls a doctor, but another alter emerges.
After changing her look, the alter introduces herself as Dr. Laura, and tells Stefan she is the gatekeeper and that her job is to protect both Abby and Gabby as well as control who fronts in the system. Dr. Laura reveals that Abby killed Andre, not Gabby. She elaborates that Gabby was created because since Gabi had murdered Abby’s cousin Nick Fallon, Abby believed she could handle the burden of murdering Andre, and her psyche created a personality to reflect that. Dr. Laura also called Stefan out on his obsession with Abby, noting that he would settle for Gabby if he couldn’t have Abby. Dr. Laura makes it clear that Abby loves Chad, and tells Stefan to stay away from Abby.Stefan was inspired by Vivian to go into the secret tunnel that she saw Gabby leave. When Stefan left the tunnel with Gabby’s wig, he encountered Dr. Laura, who refused to let Stefan speak to Gabby. Stefan threatens to call the police and tell them that Abby murdered Andre, so Dr. Laura let Gabby come out. Stefan suggested Gabby come with him on a business trip to Hong Kong, and Gabby was thrilled to get away. Soon after, Stefan was confronted by Chad and Lani about why he had Andre’s phone. Stefan said security gave him the phone, but Chad didn’t believe him. Stefan and Gabby (posing as Abby) convinced a reluctant Chad to let her go on the business trip.
When Stefan and Gabby arrived, they were spotted by Hope, who confronted Stefan about his companion. Stefan managed to get away from Hope, and went up to the room where Gabby told him Chad was there, and Stefan promised to handle Chad. Stefan planted drugs on Chad and told security, which resulted in Chad getting arrested. Gabby started to fall for Stefan, and wanted to sleep with him. Stefan was hesitant though because Abby wouldn’t know what was going on. Stefan left the room, and came back to find Abby was back. Abby was confused as to why she was wearing a wig, and GabiChic clothes. Stefan tried to explain to Abby that she wore them as part of a fashion experiment, but then Dr. Laura took over and left Stefan to find Chad.
Stefan returned to Salem and Dr. Laura told him her plan to have Gabi convicted of Andre’s murder. At Gabi’s trial, Stefan was questioned by Justin about having Andre’s phone in his possession, and the security camera’s being shut off. Stefan maintained his story that it was a coincidence and that security have him the phone. Dr. Laura was closed up, and at first made it seem like she was on Gabi’s side, but then after the recess, claimed that Gabi confessed to her that she murdered Andre.
Bound and determined to get some answers, Chad continued to pressure Stefan into what was going on. Stefan decided to play a game of chess with Chad, and for every piece Chad took, he would get to ask Stefan a question. The first question Chad asked was if Stefan planted drugs on him in Hong Kong. Stefan confessed that he did, and said he was kind of proud of it. Next, Chad asked about the woman in Hong Kong, and asked if she killed Andre. Stefan said she did, and then Chad asked for the woman’s name, and Stefan admitted the woman’s name was Gabby. Chad thought Stefan was talking about Gabi and still lying. Stefan said he was sincerely sorry that Chad didn’t get the answers he wanted and left the room.
When Dr. Laura was on the phone, Gabby tried to break out, and Stefan encouraged Gabby to break out. Gabby broke free, but then Marlena showed up. Feeling cornered, Gabby hit Marlena over the head and knocked her out. She and Stefan stored Marlena in Gabby’s hideout. Gabby and Stefan planned to run away together, but they had to lock Kate up as well when Kate discovered Gabby. Vivian refused to let them run away, so Stefano led her away with the other woman.Gabby talked Stefan into making love to her before they ran away. As Stefan and Gabby cuddled and were ready to make love a second time. Chad burst in, and when he realized the mystery woman was Gabby, he went m berserk and mercilessly beat Stefan. As Gabby cuddled Stefan, he weakly told Gabby to run. Gabby escaped and Chad continued to beat on Stefan until Rafe and Hope arrived.
Stefan was taken to the hospital where he eventually regained consciousness. Jennifer lashed out at Stefan and accused him of raping Abby since she couldn’t consent to Gabby’s decisions. Gabby set up a call with Stefan where she announced she got him immunity and promised not to leave him, but then Abby broke free and hung up on Stefan, who weakly begged Gabi to come back to him. Vivian visited Stefan in the hospital, and was devastated to see him badly beaten, but also said he deserved it for betraying her. Steve also visited Stefan and lashed out at him for what he did to Abigail. Steve demanded Stefan stay away from Abigail.
Stefan was released from the hospital and went to the Salem PD where Marlena advised Stefan to stay away from Abigail for both of their own sake. Stefan was hopeful that Gabby could fight her way back to him and stay in control, but Marlena said it doesn’t work that way since she is the altar, and Abigail is the host. After talking with Marlena, Stefan snuck into the interrogation room and took Gabby’s wig. Stefan approached Chad and Dr. Laura in the park and offered the wig to her as he professed his love for Gabby. Gabby broke free, and Stefan believed she had overpowered Abigail, but she told Stefan she was here to say goodbye. Gabby did her best to comfort Stefan and thanked him for making her feel real. Stefan kissed Gabby, and Chad pulled them apart as the wig fell off and Abigail collapsed. When Abigail awoke, Gabby was gone, and Stefan realized it was over and walked away.
Stefan returned to the mansion where he heard a gunshot and rushed into the main room where he saw Vivian unconscious on the floor, bleeding from a gunshot wound while Kate stood, holding the gun. Stefan urged Kate to call 911, and Vivian was taken to the hospital where she later died. Stefan visited Vivian in the morgue where he apologized for locking Vivian in the room against her will, and vowed revenge.Stefan started his revenge by firing Kate and kicking her out of the mansion. He was angrily confronted by Abigail, who was well aware of what went on between him and Gabby, and lashed out at Stefan for taking advantage of her and not getting her help. Stefan emotionally blackmailed Steve’s wife, Kayla, who was determined to help Steve see again. Stefan had acquired a new company that was developing bionic eyes. Kayla went behind Steve’s back, and asked Stefan for access to the technology. Stefan agreed if Kayla got him dirt on Kate. Kayla took photos of Kate with Leo Stark, and Stefan used this information to blackmail Kate into giving him information on Chad, who had started working for TITAN.
When Gabi got out of prison, Stefan offered for her to come back and work for DiMera. Gabi agreed since it was the only way she could get he company back. Gabi plotted against Stefan and Abigail by changing the paternity of Abigail’s baby to say Stefan was the father. She then “accidentally” showed Stefan the altered paternity test and told him that Abigail was getting abortion. Stefan convinced Abigail not to go through with the abortion.
Stefan wanted to get close to his child, but Abigail kept him at arms length and wanted to Chad to be the child’s father even after she admitted the truth to Chad. When it was believed that Gabby had returned, Chad made a deal with Stefan to give him custody of their daughter, Charlotte, if he got Abigail admitted and Stefan agreed. Eventually, it was revealed that Stefan wasn’t Charlotte’s father; Chad was. Stefan hides Ben Weston, fresh out of prison, and had him kidnap Gabi where he had her tied up and threatened her with a fire poker. Stefan eventually let Gabi go. He and Ben also started to become friends due to both being outcasts.
Stefan was arrested by Rafe, who knew he had kidnapped Gabi, but Stefan had also been accused of treason since the articulated eye he gave Steve stole confidential secrets. Stefan denied any involvements and managed to weasel his way out of trouble before Chad could take control of the company. Chad and Abigail decided to leave town with their children and Stefan had to face the fact that he had officially lost Gabby for good.
Stefan rehired Gabi to work at DiMera and the tension between them two strayed to turn into a mutual attraction, though they vehemently denied. At the same time, Stefan had also grown attracted to Chloe Lane when he protected her from the Mexican cartel that was after her. Stefan and Chloe got closer emotionally whole Stefan and Gabi got closer physically, resulting in a few kisses before they had sex. Tragically, Stefan’s efforts to protect Chloe and Holly Jonas were invain when Holly was kidnapped by the cartel and presumably killed in an explosion.
Stefan comforter Chloe and stuck up for her against Holly’s mother Nicole Walker, but lost Chloe when she caught him and Gabi in bed together. Gabi admitted her feelings for Stefan, but Stefan was accused by Xander Cook of kidnapping Kate and Ted Laurent. Stefan was fired as DiMera’s CEO and Gabi takes him into marrying her, so she could take control until the charges were dropped.
Stefan and Gabi got married, but then Wei Shin arrived at Nicole’s request, who also has her eye on DiMera, Nicole showed up married to Tony DiMera. Shin still gave Gabi control of DiMera, and Stefan backed her up. Gabi then revealed that the marriage was a ruse to take control of DiMera and get revenge on Stefan. She kicked an angry and heartbroken Stefan out of the mansion, but he was convinced that she still had feelings for him.
Stefan returned to the mansion and saved Gabi from being killed by Kristen, but then Kristen knocked him out and licked them both in the tunnels. While locked in the tunnels, Gabi finally admitted to Stefan that she loved him, despite how much she tried to resist him. Just as they were in the process of making love, Will and Sonny found them and unlocked the door.
Stefan and Gabi were shocked to learn that Kate had become CEO of DiMera and schemes to get her out, especially once Kate moved into the mansion. Stefan soon received a call from Vivian, who was alive. He and Gabi decided they could use Vivian as a way to force Kate out, so he sent Ben to get Vivian in secret. Stefan then went to visit Vivian and asked her to lay low so she could help them later force Kate.
Stefan and Gabi ended up in a predicament when Vivian shot Kate and tried to bury her. Stefan begged and pleaded Gabi to help boom cover for Vivian, and she reluctantly agreed though she was racked with guilt since Kate has helped her in the past and she was Will’s grandmother.
Vivian was all set to leave town when Lani cornered her. Stefan went to meet with Vivian and saw Lani about to shoot Vivian, he dove in front of the bullet and was accidentally shot in the neck. He fell to the ground clutching his neck and started coughing up blood. Vivian knelt by Stefan’s side and our pressure on the wound. She why he did that, and Stefan spluttered he did to save her. Stefan begged Vivian to run and she reluctantly did after Lani started putting pressure on the wound.
Stefan was taken to the hospital where Kayla fought to keep him alive, but he was pronounced brain dead. Unwilling to give up, Gabi asked Dr. Wilhelm Rolf to bring Stefan back to life, but after assessing Stefan’s condition, Rolf said he can only bring people back from the brink of death and if there is brain activity. Since Stefan had no brain activity, he couldn’t do do anything.
At the same time, Gabi's enemy Julie Olson Williams was in the hospital. Julie needed a new heart and her family begged Gabi to give her Stefan's heart. Gabi was upset with them, but after making Lani get down in her knees and beg Gabi: she relented and said goodbye to Stefan. Stefan was taken off life support and died. His heart went to Julie and he was buried in the Salem Cemetery as "Stefan O. DiMera".Gabi set in motion a year long plan of revenge that eventually backfired and left her with nothing. Gabi was fired from DiMera and lost GabiChic. As Gabi lamented her current situation, she thought of Stefan and then saw him in the reflection of the GabiChic storefront window. Gabi later visited Stefan's grave.
- Stefan's gravestone as shown on April 27, 2020 shows he was born in 1974.