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In Loving Memory: Joseph Campanella

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NOVEMBER 21, 1924-MAY 16, 2018


(Harper Deveraux, 1987-1988, 1990-1992)




Joseph Campanella, who played the dastardly Harper Deveraux on "Days of Our Lives" from 1987-1988 and 1990-1992, has passed away at the age of 93. Campanella received a Supporting Actor nomination at the Daytime Emmys in 1989 for his role as Harper.


Joseph Campanella, a character actor who appeared in more than 200 TV and film roles over his 50-year career, died at his Sherman Oaks, Calif., home on Wednesday, his daughter-in-law told Variety. He was 93.


Campanella appeared across five seasons of late ’60s and early ’70s crime drama “Mannix,” for which he earned a supporting actor Emmy nomination in 1968, and six seasons of ’70s sitcom “One Day at a Time.” He had a number of other co-starring roles on the small screen, including ’60s hospital drama “The Doctors and the Nurses,” the ’70s medical series “Marcus Welby, M.D.,” and ’80s primetime soap story “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 ’90s 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” in 1962, “A Gift of Time” in 1962, and “Hot Spot” in 1963. 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 was born in New York City and attended Columbia University before moving to Hollywood. He is survived by Jill Campanella, his wife of 53 years, as well as his seven sons and eight grandchildren.


(Obituary courtesy of Variety: http://variety.com/2018/film/obituaries-people-news/joseph-campanella-dead-dies-1202812936/)










15-year-old Joseph Campanella in the 1940 census, living with his family in New York City:

Edited by JAS0N47

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Aw. That’s sad. Thank you for the tribute.


It’s odd that I remember him most from that episode of Mama’s Family (“Don’t mosey. Rebecca never moseyed!”)

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Classy tribute as always Jason.


I know he was on many things but he'll always be Ann Romano's ex-husband to me. 

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There used to a be a great scene between he and Jane on YouTube -- "It's not that you wouldn't. It's that you COULDN'T." -- but in its place, will we accept this one from circa fall 1990?


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What an amazing character actor. Deeply distinctive voice and presence, and the understated way he could imbue his characters with either romantic longing or cruel menace was remarkable. An actor in the truest sense of the word. May he RIP.

Edited by Cat

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