According to Jim
Los Angeles-based actor and improviser Larry Joe Campbell is most famous among sitcom fans as Andy in the ABC series “According to Jim” (2001-present), starring James Belushi. He also played Stansfield Schlick in the short-lived comedy “The Trouble with Normal” (2000) and Don Atlin on Fox's sitcom, “Deeply Irresponsible” (2007) as well as guest starred in such series as “Friends,” “Suddenly Susan,” “The Geena Davis Show” and “My Name is Earl.” Campbell's film credits include “Showtime” (2002), “Wedding Crashers” (2005), “Alleyball” (2006) and “Drive Thru” (2007). On stage, the founder of The Tasty Face Theatre Company has acted in various plays and written several plays for Detroit's Second City. He starred in a one-man show he wrote called “Terry vs. the Towel Lady.”
Campbell and his school teacher wife, Peggy, reside in the Los Angeles area. The couple have five children. Campbell and his family like Disneyland very much and visit the place regularly. Campbell is also a fan of Disney film “The Jungle Book.” A sport lover, he supports Detroit baseball and football teams, the Tigers and the Lions.
Father of 5
Childhood and Family:
A native of Pontiac, Michigan, Larry Joe Campbell was born on November 29, 1970. He graduated from Central Michigan University in 1992 with a Bachelor's of Applied Arts in theater. He went on to receive a Master of Arts in theater from the Wayne State University.
Larry is married to Peggy, a school teacher at the Rolling Hills Country Day School in Rolling Hills Estates, California. They have five children together, Nathan, Gabriella, twins Maxwell and Madelyn, and Lydia.
Terry vs. the Towel Lady
Larry Joe Campbell had his first taste of stage performing when he was a junior in high school. He went on to receive formal education in college at the Central Michigan University and then Wayne State University before starting his professional career with the Second City troupe in Detroit. With the company, Campbell acted in such productions as “One Nation Undecided,” “Greetings From Viagra Fall” and “Send in the Clones,” as well as helmed and penned the plays “Guns and Moses” and “Accidental Terrorist.” Thanks to his arresting performance in a show in 1998, where Bob Saget was also involved, Campbell caught the eye of Saget's manager, who soon also managed her career.
A year later, Campbell started his screen career by playing the costarring role of Roomie in the independent film “Get the Hell Out of Hamtownthe Hell Out of Hamtown,” opposite Mikey Brown. He continued to make guest appearances in television series like “Stark Raving Mad” (1999), “Friends” (2000) and “Suddenly Susan” (2000). It was also in 2000 that Campbell landed his first series regular role when he was cast along side David Krumholtz, Brad Raider, Paget Brewster and Jon Cryer on the comedy show “The Trouble with Normal.” Unfortunately for Campbell, who played Stansfield Schlick, the sitcom only had a short life and was canceled after 11 episodes.
Following guest stint in “The Geena Davis Show” (2001), Campbell experienced huge breakthrough when he won the supporting role of Andy on the ABC sitcom “According to Jim” (2001-present), starring James Belushi in the titular role. The show is currently in the seventh season and has collected several honors, including two Emmy nominations. The cast members of the show also include Courtney Thorne-Smith, Kimberly Williams, Taylor Atelian, Billi Bruno and Conner Rayburn.
Outside his series commitment, Campbell still found time resuming his film career. In 2002, he supported John Hawkinson, J.D. Mathein and Zehra Berkman in Alan Bernstein's comedy, “One Half Gone” and was featured as Locker Room Cop #2 on the Robert De Niro-Eddy Murphy dissapointing action/comedy “Showtime.” Next, he appeared with Martin Short, John Michael Higgins and Janeane Garofalo on the comedy “Jiminy Glick in Lalawood” (2004), enjoyed box office hit with the Owen Wilson/Vince Vaughn starring vehicle “Wedding Crashers” (2005), in which he appeared as Best Man, and had his first starring role in a movie in 2006's “Alleyball,” a comedy directed by Dan Consiglio.
In 2007, Campbell acted in the short movie “The Eyes Have It,” which was penned and directed by
Steven Addair. He also played Detective Dwayne Crockers on the comedy/horror “Drive Thru” (2007), opposite Leighton Meester, Nicholas D'Agosto, Van De La Plante and Lola Glaudini. Also in that same year, Campbell appeared in an episode of Jason Lee's series “My Name is Earl” and costarred as Don Atlin on the Fox sitcom “Deeply Irresponsible.”
Returning to his improvisational roots, Campbell and some friends founded The Tasty Face Theatre Company in North Hollywood, California. Through the troupe, he has staged such productions as Lanford Wilson's “Serenading Louie” and David Mamet's “The Woods.” Campbell also has starred in and wrote a one-man play, “Terry vs. the Towel Lady.”