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Subject: ARCHIVE: July 9, 1985 ~Character actor Rafael Campos, known for his ethnic roles, got his start as juvenile delinquent 'Pete' in Glenn Ford's class in 1955's "Blackboard Jungle", and thereafter the go-to for latino roles in films like "Lady in a Cage" (1964), and TV guest appearances on "Gunsmoke", "All in the Family", and "St. Elsewhere", dies of cancer at age 49. ...

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Date Posted: Tuesday, July 09, 02:33:40pm

Rafael Campos
(13 May 1936 - 9 July 1985)

Actor from the Dominican Republic whose credits include Blackboard Jungle (1955), Dino (1957), The Light in the Forest (1958), Slumber Party '57 (1976), The Astro-Zombies (1968), Centennial (1978) and V (1983). He was also, for a brief period of time, married to the blues singer and pianist, Dinah Washington.


...Originally from the Dominican Republic, he moved to the United States in 1949. One of Campos's brothers is the cryptographer,
artist, and poet Luis Campos; another brother, Fernando Campos, is the president of New York's Latin ACE awards.

From 1961 to 1962, he was married to Dinah Washington, who was twelve years his senior. In 1961, Jet magazine published a photo with Washington embracing both Campos, reportedly her seventh husband, and her ex-husband Eddie Chamblee, reportedly her fifth husband.

Campos had a career that lasted 30 years. He was spotted by the director Richard Brooks during a theater production of Heavenly Express.
Thanks to Brooks, he had a starring role alongside Vic Morrow, Margaret Hayes, Sidney Poitier and Jamie Farr in the 1955 film "Blackboard Jungle".

In the 1955 film Trial, he played the part of a Chicano teenager wrongfully accused of murdering a white girl from a rich family at a beach party. He is being defended by a college law instructor, played by Glenn Ford. Other appearances include an episode of Have Gun Will Travel, playing a teenager who stole a statue of St. Francis of Assisi.

During the 1960s, he appeared as 'Juan' in the Ted V. Mikels-directed film, The Astro-Zombies, which starred John Carradine, Wendell Corey and Tura Satana. In 1964, he had a memorable role as 'Essie' in 1964's "Lady in a Cage" with a very young James Caan as gang of thieving hoods terrorizing Olivia DeHavilland.

Rafael had a memorable role in an episode of All In the Family where Archie is told to lay off part of his crew at work and
from 1977 to 1978, the actor had a recurring role as Ramon Diaz Jr. in the series Rhoda. He appeared in ten episodes of the show.

Possibly his last credited film role was in 1986, in
"The Return of Josey Wales, in which he played Chato.

He was diagnosed with stomach cancer and entered hospital in December 1984. Rafael Campos, 49, died of stomach cancer Tuesday, July 9, 1985, at the Motion Picture and Television Hospital in Woodland Hills, and was survived by his former wife Sally Boyd, their two daughters, and his five brothers and three sisters. Campos was buried at Pierce Brothers Valley Oaks Memorial Park, Westlake Village, California.

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FUN FACT: Campos for a brief period of time, was married to the blues/jazz singer and pianist, Dinah "I'll Take Manhattan" Washington, who was 12 years his senior. ...VIDEOTuesday, July 09, 03:34:31pm

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