Actor Wally Campo, actor best known for playing the role of detective Joe Fink in the 1960 horror comedy film The Little Shop of Horrors, died on January 14. His son Tony Campodonico confirmed to an entertainment magazine that Campo died of natural causes in Studio City. The actor was 99 years old.
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Who was Wally Campo?
Wally Campo April 23, 1923, in Stockton, California and his original name is Wallace Joseph Campodonico. He attended Stockton High School, and in the senior class performance of Tom Cobb or, Fortune’s Toy in 1941, he played the title role. Campodonico fought in the U.S. Army during World War II, enrolling in June 1942. He performed on stage after the war. He participated in The Stockton Community Players’ 1948 production of Ah, Wilderness!
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Campo thereafter went on to star in at least 14 Hollywood titles, the most notable of which was The Little Shop of Horror, which came out in 1960.
In the film, Campo plays a detective named Joe Fink, who was portrayed by Campo, who stops by the store after learning about several recent disappearances. The persona of the character has been compared to a parody of the Dragnet investigators. The movie was also narrated by Campo.
In his acting career, Campo has worked in films of stalwarts like Roger Corman and Burt Topper. He made his debut as a director on in the film Mark of the Gun. Although Campo was initially hired as an acting coach, his impressive skills landed him a role in the picture.
For most of his years, Campo lived in Valley Village, California, Los Angeles and died in Sherman Oaks, according to his son.