Joseph Bologna





12/30/1934 , Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA



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Before signing with director Stanley Donen to play Michael Caine's libidinous best friend in Blame It on Rio (1984), Bologna netted rave reviews for his Sid Caesar sendup in My Favorite Year (1982) with Peter O'Toole. Well known as both a writer and an actor, Bologna dates his interest in the theatre from his student days at Brown University, when a casting notice called for "non-actor" types to fill roles in a stage production of "Stalag 17." He landed the leading part but did not act again for ten years. Bologna graduated from Brown with a degree in art history, and a tour with the Marines followed. When he was discharged from the service, he started directing short films and writing special comedy material. "A monologue is the hardest thing in the world to write, because you're only as good as your last joke," explains Bologna. "That's why comedians are so neurotic." Bologna made his Broadway debut as the star and co-author of the comedy smash, "Lovers and Other Strangers." Together with his wife Renee Taylor, he wrote and starred in the motion picture, Made for Each Other (1971). His other film credits include roles in Cops and Robbers (1973), Honor Thy Father (1973) (TV), Big Bus, The (1976) and Chapter Two (1979). He also co-starred with Taylor in the Emmy-winning television special, "Acts of Love and Other Comedies," which they wrote together, and then starred in the made-for-television movie Torn Between Two Lovers (1979) (TV) with Lee Remick, before reuniting with Taylor in the critically acclaimed Broadway hit "It Had To Be You." From there it was back to television for the CBS TV movie One Cooks, the Other Doesn't (1983) (TV) with Suzanne Pleshette.

Joseph Bologna died early Sunday morning August 13, 2017 after a three year battle with pancreatic cancer. Just, two days prior, he had celebrated his 52nd wedding anniversary with his wife, actress and screenwriter, Renee Taylor.