Little Shop of Horrors actor and narrator Wally Campo dies aged 99
Posted by  badge Boss on Jan 27, 2023 - 07:10AM
Campo died if natural causes (Picture: Santa Clara Productions)

Actor Wally Campo, best known for starring and narrating the original Little Shop of Horrors, has died aged 99.

His son Tony Campodonico told that Campo died of natural causes in Studio City on January 14.

Born Wallace Joseph Campodonico on April 23, 1923, in Stockton, California, he served during World War II.

One of the late star’s best known gigs was a dual role in the 1960s comedy film The Little Shop Of Horrors as Sergeant Joe Fink, which was later adapted into a popular musical.

Campo, who died just three months before his 100th birthday, was born in Stockton, California in April 1923 and christened Wallace Joseph Campodonico.

In the 1950s and 1960s he acted in a series of pictures by the ‘Pope Of Pop Cinema’ Roger Corman, a pioneering indie filmmaker.

His son Tony Campodonico confirmed the tragic news (Picture: Santa Clara Productions)
The late star acted and narrated the original Little Shop of Horrors (Picture: Santa Clara Prodcuctions)

During that time he went to Los Angeles and met his future wife and actress Geraldine Matthews, whom he worked with onstage.

Campo’s association with Corman began with the 1958 film Machine-Gun Kelly, with Charles Brunson as the lead.

Campo also worked with the legendary pulp director Sam Fuller in Shock Corridor, a 1963 psychological thriller set in a mental hospital. 

In 1969 Campo made his own directorial debut with Mark Of The Gun working with cinematographer László Kovács, who that year also lent his talents to Easy Rider.

He is survived by his son Tom, his daughter-in-law, Cheryl, and grandchildren Laurena and Jade.

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