March 12, 1919|
New York City, New York, U.S.
|Died||December 30, 2006
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Alma mater||Manhattan College|
|Relatives||Joseph Campanella (brother)|
Frank Campanella (March 12, 1919 – December 30, 2006) was an American character actor.
Early life and career
Campanella was born in New York City, the son of Sicilian immigrants Philip and Mary O. Campanella. He was the older brother of actor Joseph Campanella, and Philip Campanella [who became a union plumber] and spoke mostly Italian growing up; this proved useful during World War II, when he worked as a civilian translator for the U.S. government. Campanella graduated from Manhattan College in 1940, where he studied drama.
Campanella's first film role was as Mook, the Moon-Man in the 1949 science-fiction series Captain Video and His Video Rangers and went on to appear in more than 100 film and television episodes, usually playing the "tough guy". Campanella appeared as a bartender in Mel Brooks' The Producers (1967), starring Zero Mostel and Gene Wilder, and his many film credits included roles in What's So Bad About Feeling Good? (1968), The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight (1971), The Stone Killer (1973), Capone (1975, as Big Jim Colosimo), Chesty Anderson, USN (1976), Heaven Can Wait (1978), The North Avenue Irregulars (1979), High Noon, Part II: The Return of Will Kane (1980), Death Wish II (1982), Young Doctors in Love (1982), The Flamingo Kid (1984), Nothing in Common (1986), Overboard (1987), Beaches (1988), Blood Red (1989), Pretty Woman (1990) and Dick Tracy (1990). He helped Robert De Niro learn Sicilian for his role as young Vito Corleone in Francis Ford Coppola's The Godfather: Part II (1974).
Campanella's early television roles included three appearances as different police lieutenants on the syndicated crime drama, Decoy, starring Beverly Garland as the first female police lead in a television series. In one of the Decoy episodes, he appeared with his brother Joseph. Over his career, he appeared, often in police roles, in such well-known series as Ironside, Mannix, The Rockford Files, Quincy, M.E., Chico and the Man, All in the Family, Maude, Rhoda, and The Love Boat.
Campanella's Broadway credits include Guys and Dolls (1965), Nobody Loves an Albatross (1963), Nowhere to Go But Up (1962), The Deadly Game (1960), Sixth Finger in a Five Finger Glove (1956), Remains to Be Seen (1951), Stalag 17 (1951), Volpone (1948), and Galileo (1947).
- Somebody Up There Likes Me (1956) – Detective (uncredited)
- Four Boys and a Gun (1957) – (uncredited)
- Stage Struck (1958) – Victor
- Parrish (1961) – Foreman (uncredited)
- A View from the Bridge (1962) – Longshoreman
- Who Killed Teddy Bear? (1965) – Police Captain
- Blindfold (1965) – Police Officer (uncredited)
- Seconds (1966) – Man in Station
- The Producers (1967) – The Bartender
- What's So Bad About Feeling Good? (1968) – Capt. Wallace
- Out of It (1969) – Coach
- The Mephisto Waltz (1971) – Detective Investigating Bill's Death (uncredited)
- The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight (1971) – Water Buffalo
- The Stone Killer (1973) – Calabriese
- Capone (1975) – Big Jim Colosimo
- Chesty Anderson, USN (1976) – The Baron
- High Anxiety (1977) – Bartender
- Heaven Can Wait (1978) – Conway
- The North Avenue Irregulars (1979) – Max
- High Noon, Part II: The Return of Will Kane (1980) – Dr. Losey
- Death Wish II (1982) – Judge Neil A. Lake
- Young Doctors in Love (1982) – The Flashback – Young Simon's Grandfather
- The Flamingo Kid (1984) – Colonel Cal Eastland
- Free Ride (1986) – Old Man Garbagio
- Nothing in Common (1986) – Remo
- Overboard (1987) – Captain Karl
- Beaches (1988) – Doorman
- Blood Red (1989) – Dr. Scola
- Pretty Woman (1990) – Pops
- Dick Tracy (1990) – Judge Harper
- Frankie and Johnny (1991) – Retired Customer
- Exit to Eden (1994) – Wheelchair Walker
- Love Affair (1994) – Elevator Operator
- The Other Sister (1999) – Guest William – Weddings
- Raising Helen (2004) – Mourner
- Seven Days of Grace (2006) – Papa (final film role)
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- "Sunday 07 January 2007". jasperjottings.com. Retrieved April 21, 2015.
- "Frank Campanella, Character Actor, 87, Dies". The New York Times. Associated Press. January 6, 2007. Retrieved 2017-08-07.
- "Frank Campanella". Rome News-Tribune. January 5, 2007. p. 6A. Retrieved September 28, 2014.
- "Frank Campanella". Internet Broadway Database. The Broadway League. Archived from the original on 28 May 2018. Retrieved 28 May 2018.
- Lentz, Harris M. III (2007). Obituaries in the Performing Arts, 2006: Film, Television, Radio, Theatre, Dance, Music, Cartoons and Pop Culture. McFarland. ISBN 9780786452118. Retrieved 28 May 2018.
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