Alan Campbell

Actor, Singer, Musician
This tall, lanky blond actor-singer-dancer who has achieved success on television and the stage, co-starring in a long-running CBS crime series ("Jake and the Fatman") and earning a 1995 Tony nomination as the gigolo ... Read more »
Born: 04/21/1957 in Homestead, Florida, USA

Filmography

other (12)

Law & Order 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Homicide: Life on the Street 1997 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

A Simple Wish 1997 (Movie)

Tony Sable (Actor)

CBS All-American Thanksgiving Day Parade 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

CBS All-American Thanksgiving Day Parade 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Weekend Warriors 1986 (Movie)

Duckworth (Actor)

Counterattack: Crime in America 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

Funny Money 1982 (Movie)

Barty Nichols (Actor)

Jake and the Fatman (TV Show)

Actor

Red Flag: The Ultimate Game (TV Show)

Actor

Three's a Crowd (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

This tall, lanky blond actor-singer-dancer who has achieved success on television and the stage, co-starring in a long-running CBS crime series ("Jake and the Fatman") and earning a 1995 Tony nomination as the gigolo screenwriter Joe Gillis in Andrew Lloyd Webber's musicalization of "Sunset Boulevard". <p>Native Floridian Alan Campbell actually began his career as a rock musician. While still in high school, he and his band performed at local clubs and conventions. Although he enrolled at Tulane as a pre-med student, the limelight proved too alluring and Campbell ended up performing professionally. Returning to his home state, he caught the attention of noted choreographer June Taylor who in turn recommended him to singer Wayne Newton. Within weeks of graduating college, Campbell found himself in Las Vegas assisting in the creation and staging of Newton's nightclub act. For the next two years, he appeared on stage 18 times per week singing, dancing and playing numerous musical instruments. A node on his vocal cords required him to abandon the strenuous performing schedule, so he decamped to Hollywood to try his luck as an actor.<p>Shortly after arriving in L.A., Campbell landed his first prominent role in the TV-movie "Red Flag: The Ultimate Game" (CBS, 1981). A role on the NBC daytime serial "Another World" took the actor to the East Coast and he soon began to dabble in theater, appearing Off-Broadway in "Boogie Woogie Rumble of a Dream Deferred" in 1982 and later at Washington, DC's Ford Theatre in "On Shiloh Hill". The West Coast beckoned again when Campbell was cast as the laid-back surfer chef E Z Taylor on the ABC spin-off sitcom "Three's a Crowd" (1984-85), starring John Ritter. After racking up guest appearances on several sitcoms and dramas, he returned to regular series work as Derek Mitchell, the wide-eyed assistant to William Conrad's attorney J L 'Fatman' McCabe on the popular detective series "Jake and the Fatman" (CBS, 1987-92).<p>Within a year of the series' demise, Campbell had landed the role that would make him a matinee idol to theatergoers. In a bold and unprecedented move, the producers of the musical version of "Sunset Boulevard" had planned to open a company in L.A. before the London version transferred to Broadway. The critical reaction to the London production, however, was mixed while the Los Angeles one was better received. The producers then took the unusual step of deciding to scrap plans to take the London cast (headed by Patti LuPone and Kevin Anderson) to Broadway and instead allow the California cast (Glenn Close and Campbell) to open the show in NYC. The 1994-95 Broadway musical season was fairly dismal and "Sunset Boulevard" stood out as the only new successful hit. Campbell essayed the role of Joe Gillis (William Holden's film role) and got to deliver the jazz-inflected title number at the start of the second act. Although some felt he lacked the requisite sex appeal and projected too sullen a persona, Campbell emerged as a viable musical theater lead. He remained with the show for its entire three-year run, eventually playing opposite Betty Buckley and Elaine Paige as well.<p>Now a bona fide musical star, Campbell opted to explore other challenges. A small role in "A Simple Wish" (1997) did nothing to jump-start a film career so the actor returned to the stage to co-star in the 1999 world premiere of Lanford Wilson's drama "Book of Days". The following year, Campbell was back on the boards in NYC playing a Catholic priest who unsurprisingly refuses to perform a same sex union in the Off-Broadway production "Avow".

Relationships

Audrey Campbell

Mother

Nova Bell

Wife
married c. 1987 divorced

Edward Campbell

Father

Lauren Kennedy

Companion
met when both appeared in "Sunset Boulevard"

EDUCATION

University of Miami

Miami , Florida

Tulane University

New Orleans , Louisiana 1975
began acting with a professional troupe as a student; did not complete studies(pre-med)

Milestones

2001

Co-starred in the national tour of "Contact"; assumed role on Broadway in 2002

2000

Had featured role as a priest in the Off-Broadway play "Avow"

1999

Acted in the premiere of Lanford Wilson's play "Book of Days"

1997

Played supporting role in "A Simple Wish"

1993

Co-starred as Joe Gillis (opposite Glenn Close's Norma Desmond) in the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical "Sunset Boulevard"; reprised role in Broadway debut (1994); received Tony nomination

1986

Feature acting debut "Weekend Warriors"

1984

Debut as TV series regular, playing the eccentric surfer dude E Z on the ABC spin-off sitcom "Three's a Crowd"

1982

Off-Broadway debut in "Boogie Woogie Rumble of a Dream Deferred"

1981

TV-movie acting debut, "Red Flag: The Ultimate Game" (CBS)

Made professional stage acting debut in New Orleans while attending Tulane

While working at the hotels in Miami Beach, came to the attention of choreographer June Taylor who in turn recommended him to Wayne Newton

Played featured role on the NBC daytime drama "Another World"

Returned to Florida to complete college

Assisted in staging Newton's Las Vegas club act

Raised in Homestead, Florida

Acted on stage at Ford's Theatre in Washington, DC in "On Shiloh Hill"

Spent two years on stage performing as a musician, singer and dancer in Las Vegas

In the late 1970s, staged cabaret shows in Miami

Formed a rock band in high school and performed locally

Had regular role as the enthusiastic assistant to William Conrad's district attorney J L McCabe in the popular CBS crime series "Jake and the Fatman"

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