Joseph Campanella

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Joseph Campanella
Joseph Campanella 1965
Campanella in The Nurses, 1965
Joseph Anthony Campanella

(1924-11-21)November 21, 1924
Manhattan, New York, U.S.
DiedMay 16, 2018(2018-05-16) (aged 93)
Sherman Oaks, California, U.S.
Alma materManhattan College
Columbia University
Years active1952–2009
Kathryn Jill Bartholomew
(m. 1964)
RelativesFrank Campanella (brother)

Joseph Anthony Campanella (November 21, 1924 – May 16, 2018) was an American character actor. He appeared in more than 200 television and film roles from the early 1950s to 2009. Campanella was best remembered for his roles as Joe Turino on Guiding Light from 1959 to 1962, Lew Wickersham on the detective series Mannix from 1967 to 1968, Brian Darrell on the legal drama The Bold Ones: The Lawyers from 1969 to 1972, Harper Deveraux on the soap opera Days of Our Lives from 1987 to 1992, co-host of Science International from 1976 to 1979, and his recurring role as Jonathan Young on The Bold and the Beautiful from 1996 to 2005.

He narrated the Discover science series on the Disney Channel from 1992 until 1994. Campanella voiced the character of Dr. Curt Connors/The Lizard on Spider-Man: The Animated Series (1994–1997).

Campanella was nominated for a Daytime and Primetime Emmy Award and a Tony Award throughout his career.[1]

Early life[edit]

Campanella was born in Manhattan, New York City to Sicilian immigrants Philip and Mary O. Campanella.[2][3] His father was a pianist and his mother was a homemaker and dressmaker.[2] He was the younger brother of actor Frank Campanella (1919–2006) and had another brother named Philip.[4] The family lived in the Washington Heights neighborhood of Manhattan. He and his brothers grew up speaking Italian before learning English.[4][5] The Campanella family was staunchly Catholic.[6]

Campanella served in the United States Navy during World War II[7][8] as a landing craft commander. At 18, he was one of the youngest commanders in the Navy, serving from 1944 to 1946.[9] He later graduated from Manhattan College in 1948, and attended Columbia University, where he studied drama.[10] Before starting his acting career, he worked as a radio sportscaster in Lewistown, Pennsylvania.[11]


Campanella appeared in such television shows as Combat!, Decoy, The Eleventh Hour, The Doctors, The Fugitive, Mission: Impossible, Marcus Welby, M.D., Gunsmoke, The Big Valley, Alias Smith and Jones, A Man Called Ironside (pilot), The Untouchables, Police Story, The Road West, The Invaders, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Rockford Files, The Golden Girls, Mama's Family , Lois & Clark And Baywatch.[6][12][13][14][15]

Campanella and Zina Bethune in a publicity photo for The Doctors and the Nurses (1965)

Campanella had a recurring role from 1959 to 1962 as a criminal named Joe Turino on the long-running CBS daytime drama Guiding Light.[14] He had a recurring role as Dr. Ted Steffen on the medical drama The Doctors and the Nurses from 1964 to 1965.[13] One of his most popular roles was as Lew Wickersham in season 1 (1967–1968) of the television series Mannix, serving as the head of the detective agency Joe Mannix (Mike Connors) worked for. He was let go from his role after the first season due to a reworking of the program's concept.[11] He appeared as attorney Brian Darrell from 1969 to 1972 in The Bold Ones: The Lawyers.[11] In 1973, he played an old flame of Mary Richards (Mary Tyler Moore) on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, the twenty-second episode of season 3, titled "Remembrance of Things Past".[16] He played Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Captain Monty Ballard in the crime drama television film Sky Hei$t in 1975.[17]

Campanella in a publicity photo for Gunsmoke (1968)

Campanella played Ann Romano's (Bonnie Franklin) ex-husband, Ed Cooper, in eight episodes of One Day at a Time (1975–1984) and Barbara Stanwyck's love interest in the first season (1985–1986) of Aaron Spelling's short-lived Dynasty spinoff, The Colbys.[6][13] He appeared in a second-season episode of The Golden Girls as a detective.[18] He had a prominent role as Harper Deveraux on the soap opera Days of Our Lives from 1987 to 1988, had a recurring role as a doctor in Beauty and the Beast (1989–1990), a recurring role as Jimmy Everett on General Hospital from 1991 to 1992, and a recurring role on The Bold and the Beautiful from 1996 to 2005.[15]

Campanella hosted the Canadian educational program Science International between 1976 and 1979, which aired on Nickelodeon as What Will They Think Of Next?[19] He also appeared in the independent comedy, For Heaven's Sake.[15]

On Broadway, Campanella was featured in three productions during the 1960s.[12] His first, The Captains and the Kings, opened in January 1962 and lasted only seven performances.[13] In February 1962, he was cast in A Gift of Time with film stars Henry Fonda and Olivia de Havilland.[13] It was written and directed by Garson Kanin, and he received a Tony nomination as Best Featured Actor in a Play.[20] His last Broadway performance was in the musical Hot Spot in 1963, which starred Judy Holliday.[21] The show was not well received and delayed its opening four times, resulting in a run of 58 previews and 43 regular performances.[22]

For a time Campanella provided the voice-over for BMW commercials in the United States, intoning, "BMW — the ultimate driving machine".[23] For several years beginning in the 1970s, He was a spokesman for NAPA Auto Parts.[24][25]

Campanella voiced the character of Dr. Curt Connors/The Lizard on Spider-Man: The Animated Series (1994–1997).[13] He narrated the Discover science series on the Disney Channel from 1992 to 1994.[13] His final film roles were that of Donald Meeks in For Heaven's Sake (2008) and in Lost Dream (2009) as Emil.[26]

Throughout his career, Campanella was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play for his work in A Gift of Time in 1962.[1] In 1968, he was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for his role as Wickersham in Mannix.[1] In 1989, Campanella was nominated for the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for his role as Deveraux in Days of Our Lives.[1]

Personal life and death[edit]

Campanella met his wife, Kathryn Jill Bartholomew, a singer and dancer, in 1963 while he was playing the leading man in Hot Spot on Broadway.[6] They married on May 30, 1964, and had seven sons: Philip (b. 1965), Robert Yale (b. 1966), Joseph Anthony Jr. (b. 1967), Dominic Peter (b. 1969), Anthony F. (b. 1974), John Mario (b. 1977), and Andrew Michael (b. 1979).[6][27]

Campanella died at the age of 93 on May 16, 2018, at his home in Sherman Oaks, California of complications from Parkinson's disease.[2][13][28]



Year Title Role Notes
1960 Murder, Inc. Panto Uncredited
1964 The Young Lovers Prof. Reese
1967 The St. Valentine's Day Massacre Albert Wienshank
1972 Silent Running Neal - Berkshire Captain (voice) Uncredited
Ben Cliff Kirtland
1974 Child Under a Leaf Gerald
1977 Mission to Glory: A True Story Father at San Bruno Mission
1979 Meteor General Easton
1980 Defiance Karenski
Hangar 18 Frank Lafferty
1981 Earthbound Conrad
1983 Great Transport German Major
1987 Steele Justice Harry
1988 The Game Schekel
1990 No Retreat, No Surrender 3: Blood Brothers John Alexander
Body Chemistry Dr. Pritchard
Down the Drain Don Santiago
A Show of Force Walker Ryan
Club Fed Vince Hooligan
1991 Last Call Morris Thayer
Cafe Romeo Nino
1992 Original Intent Judge May Direct-to-video
Space Case General Maxwell
Dead Girls Don't Tango Rheinhardt
1993 Magic Kid Tony Direct-to-video
The Force Within Police Chief
1994 Save Me Barton
Too Bad About Jack
1995 Hologram Man Dr. Stern Direct-to-video
1996 The Glass Cage LeBeque
1997 James Dean: Race with Destiny Winton Dean
Dust Mayor Grites
1998 The Right Way
1999 Grizzly Adams and the Legend of Dark Mountain Professor Hunnicut
2006 The Showdown The Announcer Short film
2007 The Dukes Giovanni Zorro
The Legend of God's Gun Narrator
2008 For Heaven's Sake Donald Meeks
2009 Lost Dream Emil Final role


Year Title Role Notes
1952 Suspense Townsman 2 episodes
1952–1955 Studio One Police Sgt. Monahan / DOG Company Soldier 2 episodes
1955–1957 Robert Montgomery Presents Tony 3 episodes
1956–1958 Kraft Television Theatre 3 episodes
1957 The United States Steel Hour Jacques Episode: "Haunted Harbor"
1958 Decoy Sergeant Episode: "My Brother's Killer"
Omnibus Episode: "Capital Punishment"
1959 Armstrong Circle Theatre Episode: "The Man with a Thousand Names"
New York Confidential Ernie Episode: "Incident at Fulton Market"
1959–1962 Guiding Light Joe Turino
1960 Startime Repairman Episode: "The Man"
1961–1962 Naked City Dr. Rutland / Dutton / Detective Dutton 3 episodes
1962 Alcoa Premiere Marc Malatesta Episode: "The Hands of Danofrio"
The Untouchables Vince Dastille Episode: "The Floyd Gibbons Story"
1962–1963 Route 66 Whit Spencer / Perry Hall 2 episodes
1962–1965 The Nurses Dr. Ted Steffen / Dr. Adam Nemets 31 episodes
1963 The Doctors Alec Fielding Episode: "In Sickness and in Health"
East Side/West Side Chuck Severson Episode: "No Hiding Place"
Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre Frank Mancini Episode: "Corridor 400"
1963–1964 Combat! Lt. Douglas / D'Amato 2 episodes
1963–1968 The Virginian Walker / Corbett / Pedro Lopez 3 episodes
1964 Espionage Ben Ashman Episode: "We the Hunted"
The Eleventh Hour Pete Ceballos Episode: "87 Different Kinds of Love"
The Lieutenant Major Jason Clark Episode: "Lament for a Dead Goldbrick"
Suspense A driver Episode: "I, Buck Larsen"
1964–1967 The Fugitive Capt. Ralph Lee / Deputy Harry Banner / Jesse Stransel / Lieutenant Spencer 4 episodes
1965 For the People Dr. Ted Steffen Episode: "Act of Violence: Part 2"
1966 Shane Barney Lucas Episode: "Killer in the Valley"
Twelve O'Clock High Father Roman Episode: "The Duel at Mont Sainte Marie"
The Road West Tom Burrus Episode: "Power of Fear"
1966–1967 The Big Valley Francisco De Navarre / Martinson Episodes: "The Martyr", "Turn of a Card"
1966–1972 The F.B.I. Ken Meade / John Anthony Harris / Fritz Moline 3 episodes
1967 Run for Your Life Ward Cooper Episode: "A Rage for Justice: Part 2"
The Wild Wild West Talamantes Episode: "The Night of the Wolf"
The Invaders Father Joe Corelli Episode: "Storm"
Captain Nice Kincade Episode: "Beware of Hidden Prophets"
1967–1968 Mission: Impossible Captain Miklos Cherno / Dr. Helmut Cherlotov 2 episodes
1967–1969 Insight Mike / Irwin / Deliverer / Roger 4 episodes
1967–1972 Mannix Lew Wickersham (co-starring role in Season 1)
Dr. Graham Aspinall (Guest star in "The Crimson Halo" in Season 6)
25 episodes
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (1968)
1968–1970 The Name of the Game Ben Fisher / Charles Thorndyke 2 episodes
1968–1972 Gunsmoke Jack Norcross / Amos McKee 2 episodes
1969 Any Second Now Doctor Raul Valdez Television film
The Whole World Is Watching Brian Darrell Television film
The Doris Day Show Roger Flanders Episode: "The Con Man"
Lancer Douglas Blessing Episode: "Devil's Blessing"
1969–1972 The Bold Ones: The Lawyers Brian Darrell 26 episodes
1969–1975 Ironside Judge John Fredericks / Curtis Whitney / Harry Peters / Raymond Otis Baker 4 episodes
1970 Paris 7000 Alex Prokosch Episode: "No Place to Hide"
Bracken's World Sampson Wilkes Episode: "A Beginning, a Middle and an End"
A Clear and Present Danger Jordan Boyle Television film
1970–1971 Marcus Welby, M.D. Howard Garsen / Ignacio Ladera / Leo Maslow 3 episodes
1970–1971 Night Gallery Father / Simms 2 episodes
1971 Alias Smith and Jones Jake Carlson Episode: "The 5th Victim"
Murder Once Removed Lt. Phil Proctor Television film
And Then They Forgot God Television film
1971–1972 Owen Marshall, Counselor at Law Alan Hamilton / Dr. Eric Gibson 2 episodes
1972 The Sixth Sense Paul Crowley Episode: "The Man Who Died at Three and Nine"
1973 The Mary Tyler Moore Show Tom Vernon Episode: "Remembrance of Things Past"
You'll Never See Me Again Lt. John Stillman Television film
Honor Thy Father Narrator Voice, television film
Assignment Vienna Frank Cort Episode: "Soldier of Fortune"
Drive Hard, Drive Fast Eric Bradley Television film
The Rookies Joe Mannley Episode: "Get Ryker"
The President's Plane Is Missing Col. Doug Henderson Television film
The ABC Afternoon Playbreak Episode: "The Things I Never Said"
1973–1975 Medical Center Colson / Duncan 2 episodes
1974 Tenafly Dr. Poston Episode: "Man Running"
The Magician Frank Mitchell Episode: "Shattered Image"
Skyway to Death Bob Parsons Television film
Unwed Father Scott Simmons Television film
Police Story Vitale Episode: "The Gamble"
Lily Television film
Petrocelli Arthur Holbrook Episode: "The Golden Cage"
Terror on the 40th Floor Howard Foster Television film
Hit Lady Jeffrey Baine Television film
McCloud Victor Rhigas Episode: "The Concrete Jungle Caper"
1975 Khan! Episode: "Mask of Deceit"
Journey from Darkness Dr. Schroeder Television film
Sky Heist Captain Monty Ballard Television film
Barbary Coast Austin Benedict Episode: "Sauce for the Goose"
Matt Helm Corbett Episode: "Death Rods"
The People's Lawyer Announcer Television film
1976 Police Woman Joseph Carbeau Episode: "Angela"
The Rockford Files Arnold Bailey Episode: "In Hazard"
Child Abuse Announcer Television film
Friday Night Burn Announcer Television film
1976–1982 One Day at a Time Ed Cooper 8 episodes
1976-1979 Science International / What Will They Think of Next? Narrator Canadian science news show
1977–1982 Quincy, M.E. Dr. Styer / Lt. Alex Markesian / Charlie Barnes / Attorney Jules Draper 4 episodes
1978 Fantasy Island Brian Faber Episode: "Return to Fantasy Island"
Ring of Passion Paul Gallico Television film
What Really Happened to the Class of '65? Racklin Episode: "The Misfit"
Pearl Narrator Television miniseries
Greatest Heroes of the Bible Pharaoh 2 episodes
1978–1980 Vegas Bruno Moretti / Stewy Wilson 2 episodes
1980 The Plutonium Incident Harry Skirvan Television film
1981 The Brady Brides Inspector Rankin Episode: "The Siege"
Jessica Novak Larry Baker Episode: "The Boy Most Likely"
Trapper John, M.D. Dr. Julian King Episode: "Future Imperfect"
1982 My Body, My Child Joe Cabrezi Television film
The Comic Book Kids Burl Bonnix
1983 Matt Houston Nick Harrigan Episode: "A Novel Way to Die"
This Is Your Life Host
1984 Airwolf Gen. Elliot Sandhower Episode: "Firestorm"
1985 Hotel Russ Turnbull Episode: "Illusions"
1985–1986 The Colbys Hutch Corrigan 8 episodes
1985–1987 Murder, She Wrote George McDaniels / George Knapp 2 episodes
1986 Crazy Like a Fox Bart Simian Episode: "Hyde-And-Seek"
The Love Boat Nabil El Masri 2 episodes
1987 The Golden Girls Al Mullins Episode: "To Catch a Neighbor"
Tales from the Hollywood Hills: Pat Hobby Teamed with Genius Jack Berners Television film
1987–1988 Mama's Family Mr. Hanson 3 episodes
1987–1992 Days of Our Lives Harper Deveraux Nominated—Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (1989)
1988–1989 Dallas Joseph Lombardi, Sr. 3 episodes
1988–1989 Beauty and the Beast Dr. Peter Alcott 3 episodes
1989 Reel to Real Narrator
21 Jump Street Hunt Samperton Episode: "The Dreaded Return of Russell Buckins"
Superboy The Phantom Episode: "The Phantom of the Third Division"
1989–1991 Knots Landing Deputy District Attorney / Judge Percal 3 episodes
1990 Paradise The Horseman Episode: "The Gates of Paradise"
Over My Dead Body Leon Geary Episode: "Carrie Christmas and a Nappie New Year"
1991 The Everlasting Adventure Series
P.S. I Luv U Dellacourt Episode: "Diamonds Are a Girl's Worst Friend"
Memories of Midnight Father Konstantinou Television film
1991–1992 General Hospital Jimmy Everett
1992 Terror on Track 9 Chief Mleczko Television film
Dark Justice Carter Pruitt Episode: "Happy Mothers Day"
Pauper's Dream Narrator Television film
1993 Baywatch Al Buchannon Episode: "A Matter of Life and Death"
Batman: The Animated Series Matthew Thorne / Crime Doctor Voice, episode: "Paging the Crime Doctor"[29]
Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman George Thompson Episode: "Strange Visitor (From Another Planet)"
1994 Renegade Henry Episode: "Carrick O'Quinn"
The Rockford Files: I Still Love L.A. Mickey Ryder Television film
1994–1997 Spider-Man Dr. Curt Connors / Lizard Voice, 20 episodes[29]
1996 Walker, Texas Ranger Victor DeMarco Episode: "Rodeo"
Charlie Grace Episode: "I've Got a Secret"
1996–1997 Pacific Blue Joseph Tataglia 3 episodes
1996–1997 Road Rovers The Master / William Shepherd Voice, main role (13 episodes)[29]
1996–2005 The Bold and the Beautiful Jonathan Young 97 episodes
1997 Touched by an Angel Clive Hathaway Episode: "Charades"
L.A. Heat John Guidell Episode: "National Security"
1998–2001 The Practice Judge Joseph Camp 5 episodes
1999 Early Edition MacGruder Episode: "The Last Untouchable"
The Great Builders of Egypt Narrator Television film
Melrose Place Barry Denott 3 episodes
G vs E Dr. Townsend Episode: "Evilator"
2000 Who Is This Jesus? Narrator Television film
2000–2001 That's Life Joe 11 episodes
2001 Biography Host Episode: "Charles Darwin: Evolution's Voice"
The Apostle Paul: The Man Who Turned the World Upside Down St. Paul Voice, television film
Star Trek: Voyager Federation Arbitrator Episode: "Author, Author"
2002 The Division Judge Miles King Episode: "Brave New World"
The Glow Ben Goodstein Television film
2003 The Guardian Ralph Longo Episode: "Let God Sort 'Em Out"
2004 Cold Case Nelson Episode: "Factory Girls"
2006 La Macchina Da Guerra Romana English Narrator Three Part Mini-Series for The History Channel
2007 Christmas at Cadillac Jack's Joe Jenkins Television film
2008 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Grissley Geezer Episode: "Bull"


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