Joseph Campanella is an American character actor who has appeared in more than two hundred television and film roles since 1955. Some of his most known films and television roles include Guiding Light, Mannix, The Bold Ones: The Lawyers, and Ben.
Campanella's father was an immigrant from Sicily, who was an early member of the American Federation of Musicians. On November 21, 1924, Joseph Campanella was born. During World War II, Cempanella served in the military, becoming one of it's youngest commanders. He later graduated from Manhattan College in 1948, and later attended Columbia University.
His television appearances include such shows as Decoy, The Eleventh Hour, The Fugitive, Mission: Impossible (co-starring with Martin Landau), Gunsmoake, The Big Valley, Alias Smith and Jones, The Untouchables, Police Story, The Road West, The Invaders, The F.B.I (co-starring with Efrem Zimbalist Jr. and Philip Abbott), The Mary Tyler Moore Show (co-starring with Ed Asner), The Golden Girls (co-starring with Rue McClanahan), and Mama's Family. He had a recurring role from 1859 to 1962 as a criminal named Joe Turino on the long-running CBS daytime drama The Guiding Light. He had a role in 1967 as Len Wickersham in the television series Mannix as Joe Mannis's boss and friend, before the P.I. went solo and started his own firm. Campanella appeared as attorney Brian Darrell from 1969 to 1972 in The Bold Ones: The Lawyers. Campanella played Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Captain Monty Ballard in the crime drama TV movie "Sky Heist" in 1975. He played Ann Romano's 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 spin-off, The Colbys. He also appeared in a second season episode of the The Golden girls as a detective. The actor had a prominent role as Harper Deveraux on the soap opera Days of Our Lives from 1987 to 1988 and from 1990 to 1992, and a recurring role on The Bold and the Beautiful from 1996 to 2005.
Campanella hosted the Canadian educational program Science International between 1976 and 1979 which aired on Nickelodeon as What Will They Think Of Next? He appeared in the independent comedy, For Heaven's Sake.
On Broadway, Campanella was featured in three productions. His first The Captains and the Kings opened in January 1962 and lasted only seven performances. In February 1962, he was cast in A Gift of Time with Henry Fonda and Olivia de Havilland. The show was written and directed by Garson Kanin and Campanella received a Tony nomination as Best Featured Actor in a Play. His last Broadway performance was in the musical Hot Spot in 1963. The show was not well-received and delayed it's opening four times resulting in a run of 58 previews and 43 regular performances.
Campanella formerly provided the voice-over for BMW commercials in the United States, intoning, "BMW. . . the ultimate driving machine." He also narrated the Discovery Magazine science series on the Disney Channel from 1992 - 1994. For several years beginning in the 1970's Campanella was a spokesman for Napa Auto Parts.
His distinctive voice has been heard often in the narration of numerous documentaries.