Veteran character actor Frank Campanella made two guest appearances on "All In The Family."
|Born:||March 12, 1919|
|Birthplace:||New York City, New York, U.S.|
|Died:||December 30, 2006(aged 87)|
|Deathplace:||Los Angeles, California, U.S.|
|Years active:||1949-2006 (his death)|
|Series:||All in the Family|
|Episodes appeared in:||2 episodes, "Archie Sees a Mugging" (Season 2) and "Archie's Civil Rights" (Season 6)|
|Character played:||Detective Sgt. Perkins/Sgt. Gorsky|
Frank Campanella (born March 12, 1919 - died December 30, 2006) was an Sicilian-American character actor. He appeared in two episodes of All in the Family, first as Detective Sgt. Perkins in "Archie Sees a Mugging" (Season 2) and then as Sgt. Gorsky in "Archie's Civil Rights" (Season 6).
Campanella was born in New York City, the son of Sicilian immigrants Mary O. and Philip Campanella, a musician. He was the older brother of actor Joseph Campanella 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 attended Manhattan College, 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. He went on to appear in more than 100 film and television episodes, usually playing the "tough guy." He helped Robert De Niro learn Sicilian for his role as young Vito Corleone in The Godfather: Part II.
Campanella's early television roles included three appearances as different police lieutenants on the broadcast syndicated rime drama, Decoy, which starred Beverly Garland as the first female police lead in a television series. In one of the Decoy episodes, he appeared with his brother, Joseph Campanella. Over his career he appeared, often in police roles, in such well-known series as Ironside, Mannix, The Rockford Files, Chico and the Man, Maude, Rhoda, and The Love Boat.
Campanella died on December 30, 2006 at his home in Los Angeles.