Inside Bryan Dattilo's family life: Wife's chemo battle to becoming a grandfather

Jasmyne Jeffery July 29, 2022
Inside Bryan Dattilo's family life: Wife's chemo battle to becoming a grandfather

Former Days of Our Lives star Bryan Dattilo hasn’t had it easy since leaving the show over 10 years ago. But thankfully, his family life has now taken a positive turn.

Bryan joined the medical drama Days of Our Lives back in 1993 as up-and-coming Lucas Horton. His character notoriously battled with alcoholism and had three marriages.

A fan-favorite, he returned to the show in 2012, not quite as baby-faced as when his character debuted. And unfortunately, the star has had struggles in his private life too.

First marriage

Datillo married Jessica Denay back in 1999 and the two welcomed a son, Gabriel. However, they weren’t meant to be and divorced in 2001. Unlike some in Hollywood, the two have been able to amicably co-parent Gabriel. Though Bryan has married again, Jessica has focused on her career as a successful author.

Marrying Elizabeth

On July 12, 2011, Dattilo married Elizabeth Cameron and they now have a daughter named Delila together. Dattilo loves to gush about his wife, taking to Instagram to call her “the most patient woman in the world.”

Sadly, Elizabeth was diagnosed with breast cancer back in early 2021, something Dattilo opened up about in Soap Opera Digest. When asked what his favorite thing about being on Days was, his reply was centered around access to health insurance.

He said: “Qualifying for health insurance is huge. I’m a dad with kids, and my wife has been diagnosed with breast cancer in the last three months and it’s been a tough situation. To have the security of health insurance through it has been a godsend, I’m not going to lie. I was joking when I said that, but in a way, it’s also true because if I wasn’t back on contract, I probably wouldn’t have had the advantages of health insurance, so for that, I am extremely grateful.”

Thankfully, on July 7 of last year, Elizabeth finished her cancer treatment. It was an emotional moment that Dattilo took to Instagram to commemorate.

Becoming a grandfather

Though he’ll always be known for playing baby-faced Lucas Horton, the 50-year-old became a grandfather a couple of years ago and shared a cute picture on Instagram of his adorable grandson.

Alexander is the son of Gabriel, Bryan’s son from his first marriage, and there’s definitely some family resemblance!

It certainly seems like 2021 was a great year for the Datillo family. Let’s hope 2022 is just as good for them.

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Hello! My name is Jasmyne and I’m a soon-to-be graduate of English and Creative Writing at the University of South Wales. Originally from North Devon, I now love living in Cardiff. I’m really into my movement; an advocate for joyful movement. I spend my free time either reading, at the Wales Millennium Centre, or running around the city.