72, the cigar-puffing comedian who served up cornpone humor to Grand Ole Opry audiences for 27 years but was best known for his appearances on television's "Hee Haw" program, died Aug. 29 at a hospital in Knoxville, Tenn. He had kidney and heart ailments.
Mr. Campbell helped create the Tennessee Barn Dance radio show during the 1930s. The live-music broadcast helped launch the careers of Chet Atkins, Kitty Wells, and Flatt & Scruggs. He joined "Hee Haw" in 1969 for what was to be a three-day stint when the show first aired and remained on it for the rest of his life, appearing in roles such as a doctor, a barber or a judge.
81, a character actor known to daytime soap opera fans for more than a decade as maestro Ernesto Faustch on the CBS saga "The Young and the Restless," died of cancer Aug. 21 at his home in Los Angeles.
Other television programs on which he appeared included "The Fugitive," "Star Trek," "Mission: Impossible," "It Takes a Thief" and "Love Boat." His film credits included "Escape From the Planet of the Apes," "The Birdmen" and "Paint Your Wagon," in which he portrayed Schermerhorn, a mean-spirited German shopkeeper.