American character actor Joseph Campanella passed away on Wednesday at the age of 93

By Maria Pasquini
May 17, 2018 05:40 PM
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American character actor Joseph Campanella died Wednesday at the age of 93.

The decorated actor’s daughter-in-law Sandy Campanella told Variety that the actor died at his home in Sherman Oaks, California. The Hollywood Reporter confirmed he died of natural causes.

Campanella was best known for his work on Dynasty spinoff The Colbys, in which he played Barbara Stanwyck’s love interest, and for his roles in daytime dramas The Bold and the Beautiful, Days of Our Lives and The Guiding Light.

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In 1985, Campanella told PEOPLE that while shooting his first scene with Stanwyck, the actress didn’t want the moment to end.

“I said the last line, which was, ‘You’re my mystery lady.’ The director cried, ‘Cut!’ but Barbara continued playing the scene. She said: ‘Oh, God, hold me. Nobody has said that to me in years,’ “ he said.

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Campanella received an Emmy nomination in 1968 for outstanding performance by an actor in a supporting role in a drama for his work as Len Wickersham in CBS’s crime drama Mannix.

He was also nominated for a Tony award in 1962 for his performance alongside Henry Fonda and Olivia de Havilland in A Gift of Time.

The actor is survived by wife Jill Campanella, whom he married in 1964, and his seven sons and eight grandchildren, according to Variety.