- Joseph Bologna
name = Joseph Bologna
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Brooklyn, New York
August 7, 1965– present)
Joseph Bologna (born
December 30, 1934) is an American actor.
Bologna was born in
Brooklyn, New York. He is of Italian descent and was raised Roman Catholic.
The actor has a long history in
filmand television. His breakthrough film, " Lovers and Other Strangers", written with his wife Renée Taylor, was based on the true-life circumstances of organizing a weddingon short notice with the involvement of his Italian extended family and Renee's Jewishclan. Several relatives performed as extras in the final cut. A year later, in 1971, the couple again collaborated to write and perform in the movie "Made for Each Other".
Bologna stayed close with his old-neighborhood aunts and uncles after becoming successful. Two of them were slightly famous on their own: his Uncle Pat was "Blacky the Bootblack", whom
Joseph Kennedycredited as his main influence when he sold all of his stock holdings in the summer of 1929 (the market crashed in October) and his aunt Pauline was one of the best-known chefs to the stars, working for Jackie Gleason, Burt Reynoldsand many other luminaries.
A decade later, Bologna's aunt Pauline chastised him for starring in the nudity-filled "
Blame it on Rio" co-starring Michael Caine. Bologna replied, "Blame it on me, it's the last time I invite Aunt Pauline to a film premiere." Bologna's other best-known film role is that of temperamental 1950s television star Stan "King" Kaiser in the 1982 comedy hit " My Favorite Year", starring Peter O'Toole.
He is married to the actress
Renee Taylor, with whom he has a son, Gabriel Bologna. Taylor and Bologna have also co-starred on stage and on TV. Bologna played a love interest for his real-life wife in the "Maternal Affairs" episode of the CBSsitcom "The Nanny", in which Taylor plays Syliva, the already-married mother of Fran Drescher's character.
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