‘Little Store of Horrors’ Actor Was 99

Wally Campo, the Roger Corman common who did his greatest Det. Joe Friday impersonation as Sgt. Joe Fink — and in addition served because the narrator — within the authentic The Little Store of Horrors, has died. He was 99.

Campo died Jan. 14 of pure causes in Studio Metropolis, his son, musician Tony Campodonico, advised The truestarz.

Campo additionally performed a goofball in Monte Hellman‘s Beast From Haunted Cave (1959) and appeared for director Burt Topper in Hell Squad (1958), Tank Commandos (1959) — the place he was top-billed — and the Victor Buono-starring The Strangler (1964).

Campo confirmed up within the Corman-directed Machine-Gun Kelly (1958), Ski Troop Assault (1960) and Tales of Terror (1962) and within the Corman-produced Satan’s Angels (1967). Lots of his films had been made on the filmmaker’s low-budget American Worldwide Footage.

His appearing credit additionally included Edward Dmytryk’s Warlock (1959), the Vincent Value-starring Grasp of the World (1961) and Shock Hall (1963), directed by Sam Fuller.

Born Wallace Joseph Campodonico on April 23, 1923, in Stockton, California, he served throughout World Conflict II and made it to Iwo Jima.

After attending the School of the Pacific, he got here to Los Angeles within the Fifties and landed with the Orchard Gables Repertory Theatre Firm in Hollywood, co-founded by husband and spouse actors Paul Sorenson and Jacqueline Might.

Campo met his future spouse, actress Geraldine Matthews, there, and so they labored collectively on levels round L.A., together with the Showplace Theater in Studio Metropolis. He additionally taught appearing at Orchard Gables and at his personal Actors Workshop.

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Campo directed documentaries in Africa, India and stateside and helmed one function, Mark of the Gun (1969). Shot by László Kovács, it was launched the identical 12 months as one other movie shot by the cinematographer, Simple Rider.

Along with his son — who as a younger actor portrayed Scotty Baldwin on ABC’s Normal Hospital — survivors embody his daughter-in-law, Cheryl, and grandchildren Laurena and Jade.



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