Actor married to Warren native

Actor Joe Barbara found love in the Mahoning Valley.

Barbara was playing Joe Carlino on the NBC soap opera “Another World” when he came to the Canfield Fair in 1998 for a personal appearance.

He was interviewed by Warren native Nicole Perry, who hosted WFMJ’s morning show with Scott Schneider. They ended up going on a date that evening and were engaged nine months later. They were married in Warren in 2000.

“We got married at Blessed Sacrament,” Barbara said. “The wedding reception was at Leo’s.”

His wife and two of their children will be with Barbara when he comes to Cleveland for a three-week run in the musical “A Bronx Tale” at Playhouse Square’s Connor Palace. He’s looking forward to spending some time locally while the show is nearby.

“I’m very excited to come to northeast Ohio,” he said. “It feels like a second home to me.”