Veteran character actor Joseph Campanella dead at 93

Veteran character actor Joseph Campanella, whose familiar face appeared on TV shows like “The Bold and the Beautiful,” “Days of Our Lives” and “Mannix,” died Thursday at his home in Sherman Oaks, Calif., of natural causes, according to multiple reports. He was 93.

The two-time Emmy nominee racked up nearly 200 film and television credits across his decades-long career as a thespian, and even scored a Tony nomination in 1962 for his supporting role in “A Gift of Time” opposite Henry Fonda and Olivia de Havilland.

The New York native, born to Sicilian parents, landed perhaps hs most prolific role as Jonathan Young on “The Bold and the Beautiful” in 1996. He played Young on the CBS soap opera for 97 episodes.

Campanella’s first Emmy nomination came in 1968 for playing Lew Wickersham on the CBS cop drama “Mannix,” the boss to the eponymous cop. He followed the nod with a second in 1989 for his gig on “Days of Our Lives.”

Campanella racked up more than 200 roles across his five-decades-long career.

Campanella racked up more than 200 roles across his five-decades-long career. (John Springer Collection/Corbis via Getty Images)

The actor appeared on the soap as Harper Deveraux, a rich and powerful senator.

His resume was scattered with dozens of other roles on the small screen, including “One Day at a Time,” “The Fugitive,” “That’s Life,” “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” “Baywatch,” “The Love Boat,” “Murder, She Wrote,” “The Bold Ones: Lawyers” and the “Dynasty” spin-off “The Colbys,” where he played Barbara Stanwyck’s love interest.

His Hollywood line-up, meanwhile, included films like “Murder, Inc.,” “The St. Valentine’s Day Massacre” and 2009’s “Lost Dream,” his final credit.

Campanella also returned to the Great White Way in the musical “Hot Spot” opposite Judy Holliday, where he met his wife, Jill.

In a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, Campanella’s family remembered him as an “artist whose professionalism and talent profoundly influenced so many with whom he worked and especially as a father and husband who valued love and family above all.”

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Jill, seven sons, four daughters-in-law, eight grandchildren and a host of other relatives. He was predeceased by his older brother, fellow actor Frank Campanella, in 2006.

Source: Ny Daily News

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