Star of the stage, screen and page, Oscar-nominated writer and actor Joe Bologna died Sunday. He was 82.
Bologna died Sunday morning at the City of Hope Hospital in Duarte, California, after a three-year battle with pancreatic cancer, his manager Matt Sherman told The Associated Press.
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.”
The actor and director was married to actress Renee Taylor for the past 52 years. She says his doctors made it possible for him to live long enough to receive a lifetime achievement award at the Night of 100 Stars for the Actors’ Fund of America on Feb. 26.
“He had a beautiful life,” Taylor said in a statement.
Born Dec. 30, 1934, Bologna was a Brooklyn, New York, native. After he graduated from Brown University with a degree in art history, the talented man served in the Marines.
“Joe was a loveable man, a kind soul, a good friend and always a pleasure to be with,” said his longtime manager.
Bologna was nominated for an Oscar in 1971 in the category of Best-Adapted Screenplay for “Lovers and Other Strangers.” He won an Emmy in 1973.
Bologna often appeared on television shows, but he was probably best known for the 1982 comedy, “My Favorite Year.”
Bologna was also a voice actor in the 2006 animated film “Ice Age: The Meltdown” and had a role in the 1999 Adam Sandler comedy, “Big Daddy.”
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