Joseph Bologna (1934 - 2017)

Joseph Bologna
1934 - 2017
updated February 06, 2019
Joseph Bologna was born on December 30, 1934 at Brooklyn, NY. He died on August 13, 2017 at California at 82 years of age.

Joseph Bologna, Actor and Playwright Known for ‘My Favorite Year,’ Dies at 82
by VARIETY

LOS ANGELES — Joseph Bologna, an actor, writer, and director known for his role in 1982's "My Favorite Year" and for his long collaboration on stage and screen with wife Renee Taylor, has died after a three-year battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 82.

Bologna died Sunday morning at City of Hope in Duarte, Calif. Just last month, Bologna attended a 35th anniversary screening of "My Favorite Year" in Los Angeles. Bologna played the explosive TV star King Kaiser in the backstage comedy inspired by Mel Brooks' experiences as a young TV writer on Sid Caesar's legendary "Your Show of Shows."

Image: Renee Taylor and Joseph Bologna attend the "Actor's Fund Benefit" in Beverly Hills
Renee Taylor and Joseph Bologna attend the "Actor's Fund Benefit" on Sept, 12, 1987 in Beverly Hills, California. Ron Galella, Ltd. / WireImage
Taylor said Bologna had "a beautiful life and a beautiful death." Bologna died just two days after the couple celebrated their 52nd wedding anniversary.

Bologna and Taylor co-wrote and starred in the Broadway show "Lovers and Others Strangers" in 1968. The pair then earned Oscar nominations for their screenplay adaptation for the 1970 film starring Gig Young and Bea Arthur. Taylor and Bologna also won a Writers Guild Award for their 1971 movie "Made For Each Other," in which they also starred.

In all, the couple co-wrote some 22 plays and collaborated on numerous film and TV projects, including the Marlo Thomas TV special "Acts of Love and Other Comedies," and such series as CBS' "Calucci's Department," HBO's "Bedrooms," and PBS' "American Dream Machine."

Bologna and Taylor were introduced by their mutual manager, Buddy Allen. The couple's wedding was held on the stage of "The Merv Griffin Show" and featured on the talk show. Taylor noted that they renewed their vows five times over their half-century together, each time in a different religious ceremony.

Image: Joseph Bologna attends the 23rd annual "Night Of 100 Stars" in Beverly Hills
Joseph Bologna attends the 23rd annual "Night Of 100 Stars" black tie dinner viewing gala on Feb. 24, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. Tommaso Boddi / WireImage
A native of Brooklyn, Bologna grew up in a working-class Italian-American family and went on to serve in the Marine Corps. He then entered the advertising business in the "Mad Men" era. He directed numerous commercials before turning his focus to the stage with Taylor.

Bologna's other film credits include 1976's "Woman of the Year," 1984's "Blame It on Rio" and "The Woman in Red," 1985's "Transylvania 6-5000," and 1989's "It Had to Be You." More recently, he lent his voice to 2006's "Ice Age: The Meltdown."

Bologna also logged dozens of TV credits over the years, from telepics to sitcoms to dramas. Among the notable made-fors were the 1986 miniseries "Sins" and 1983's "One Cooks, the Other Doesn't." Bologna appeared opposite future "Friends" star Matt LeBlanc in the 1991 "Married With Children" spinoff "Top of the Heap" and also in the 1987-88 dramedy "Rags to Riches." His last TV roles included guest shots on "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation," "According to Jim," and "Everwood."

Bologna's final project was the upcoming film "Tango Shalom," a comedy directed by his son, Gabriel. The elder Bologna co-wrote the screenplay with Claudio and Jos Laniado and stars alongside Taylor. The couple's daughter, Zizi, served as music supervisor.

The family has said that funeral services are being arranged at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Beverly Hills.
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Joseph Bologna was an American actor notable for his roles in the comedy films My Favorite Year and Transylvania 6-5000. Wikipedia
Born: December 30, 1934, Brooklyn, New York City, NY
Died: August 13, 2017, City Of Hope Hospital Duarte - Comprehensive Cancer Center, Duarte, CA
Height: 5′ 11″
Spouse: Renée Taylor (m. 1965–2017)
TV shows: Rags to Riches, Top of the Heap, Calucci's Department, An Inconvenient Woman, Sins
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Joseph Bologna, Actor and Playwright Known for ‘My Favorite Year,’ Dies at 82
by VARIETY

LOS ANGELES — Joseph Bologna, an actor, writer, and director known for his role in 1982's "My Favorite Year" and for his long collaboration on stage and screen with wife Renee Taylor, has died after a three-year battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 82.

Bologna died Sunday morning at City of Hope in Duarte, Calif. Just last month, Bologna attended a 35th anniversary screening of "My Favorite Year" in Los Angeles. Bologna played the explosive TV star King Kaiser in the backstage comedy inspired by Mel Brooks' experiences as a young TV writer on Sid Caesar's legendary "Your Show of Shows."

Image: Renee Taylor and Joseph Bologna attend the "Actor's Fund Benefit" in Beverly Hills
Renee Taylor and Joseph Bologna attend the "Actor's Fund Benefit" on Sept, 12, 1987 in Beverly Hills, California. Ron Galella, Ltd. / WireImage
Taylor said Bologna had "a beautiful life and a beautiful death." Bologna died just two days after the couple celebrated their 52nd wedding anniversary.

Bologna and Taylor co-wrote and starred in the Broadway show "Lovers and Others Strangers" in 1968. The pair then earned Oscar nominations for their screenplay adaptation for the 1970 film starring Gig Young and Bea Arthur. Taylor and Bologna also won a Writers Guild Award for their 1971 movie "Made For Each Other," in which they also starred.

In all, the couple co-wrote some 22 plays and collaborated on numerous film and TV projects, including the Marlo Thomas TV special "Acts of Love and Other Comedies," and such series as CBS' "Calucci's Department," HBO's "Bedrooms," and PBS' "American Dream Machine."

Bologna and Taylor were introduced by their mutual manager, Buddy Allen. The couple's wedding was held on the stage of "The Merv Griffin Show" and featured on the talk show. Taylor noted that they renewed their vows five times over their half-century together, each time in a different religious ceremony.

Image: Joseph Bologna attends the 23rd annual "Night Of 100 Stars" in Beverly Hills
Joseph Bologna attends the 23rd annual "Night Of 100 Stars" black tie dinner viewing gala on Feb. 24, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. Tommaso Boddi / WireImage
A native of Brooklyn, Bologna grew up in a working-class Italian-American family and went on to serve in the Marine Corps. He then entered the advertising business in the "Mad Men" era. He directed numerous commercials before turning his focus to the stage with Taylor.

Bologna's other film credits include 1976's "Woman of the Year," 1984's "Blame It on Rio" and "The Woman in Red," 1985's "Transylvania 6-5000," and 1989's "It Had to Be You." More recently, he lent his voice to 2006's "Ice Age: The Meltdown."

Bologna also logged dozens of TV credits over the years, from telepics to sitcoms to dramas. Among the notable made-fors were the 1986 miniseries "Sins" and 1983's "One Cooks, the Other Doesn't." Bologna appeared opposite future "Friends" star Matt LeBlanc in the 1991 "Married With Children" spinoff "Top of the Heap" and also in the 1987-88 dramedy "Rags to Riches." His last TV roles included guest shots on "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation," "According to Jim," and "Everwood."

Bologna's final project was the upcoming film "Tango Shalom," a comedy directed by his son, Gabriel. The elder Bologna co-wrote the screenplay with Claudio and Jos Laniado and stars alongside Taylor. The couple's daughter, Zizi, served as music supervisor.

The family has said that funeral services are being arranged at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Beverly Hills.

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In 1934, in the year that Joseph Bologna was born, on November 11th 1933, an extremely strong dust storm hit South Dakota, stripping topsoil. Other strong dust storms had occurred during 1933. Severe droughts continued to hit the Great Plains and the dust storms devastated agricultural production as well as people's' lives for several years. The Roosevelt administration and scientists eventually determined that farming practices had caused the conditions that led to the dust storms and the changes they implemented in farming stopped the Dust Bowl.

In 1943, Joseph was merely 9 years old when on March 31st, the Broadway musical Oklahoma! opened. Written by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II (the first of their string of successful collaborations), audiences loved it. The musical ran for 2,212 performances originally and was made into a movie in 1954.

In 1969, when he was 35 years old, on January 20th, Richard M. Nixon became the 37th President of the United States. Previously the Vice President to President Eisenhower, Nixon was the only President to resign in office - in his second term.

In 1979, Joseph was 45 years old when on March 28th, a partial nuclear meltdown occurred at the power plant at Three Mile Island Pennsylvania. Radiation leaked into the environment, resulting in a rating of 5 on a scale of 7 ("Accident With Wider Consequences") . It ended up costing $1 billion to clean up the site.

In 1984, he was 50 years old when due to outrage about "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom" (it seemed too "dark" to many and it was rated PG), a new rating was devised - PG-13. The first film rated PG-13 was "Red Dawn".

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