Character actor Joseph Campanella dead at 93

Los Angeles, May 17 (IANS) Veteran character actor Joseph Campanella, who has appeared in more than 200 TV and film roles over his 50-year career, is dead. He was 93.

He died at his Sherman Oaks, California, home on Wednesday, his daughter-in-law told variety.com.

Campanella appeared across five seasons in late 1960s and early 1970s crime drama “Mannix” for which he earned a supporting actor Emmy nomination in 1968, and six seasons of 1970s sitcom “One Day at a Time”.

He had a number of other co-starring roles on the small screen, including 1960s hospital drama “The Doctors and the Nurses” medical series “Marcus Welby, M.D.” and “The Colbys”. In more recent years, the actor held a recurring role on daytime soap opera “The Bold and the Beautiful” from 1996 to 2005 and worked on “The Practice” and “That’s Life”.

Along with his on-screen roles, Campanella also built a career as a voice actor, voicing characters in animated shows “Spider-Man” and “Road Rovers” along with narrating the “Discover” science series on Disney Channel.

He appeared in three Broadway plays, with “The Captains and the Kings”, “A Gift of Time”, and “Hot Spot”. He was nominated for a Tony for his performance in “A Gift of Time”.

Campanella is the younger brother of fellow actor Frank Campanella, who died in 2007. He is survived by Jill Campanella, his wife of 53 years, as well as his seven sons and eight grandchildren.

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