Bologna and Taylor in 1974.
December 30, 1934 |
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Renée Taylor (m. 1965)|
Life and career
Bologna was born in Brooklyn, New York. He attended Brown University, where he majored in art history. After a hitch with the Marines, Bologna was hired to produce and direct Manhattan-based TV commercials.
Bologna has a long history in film and television. His breakthrough film, Lovers and Other Strangers, written with his wife Renée Taylor, was based on the true-life circumstances of organizing a wedding on short notice with the involvement of his Italian extended family and Renée's Jewish clan. 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 Kennedy credited 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 Reynolds and many other luminaries.
Bologna's aunt Pauline chastised him for starring in the nudity-contained 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." In 1976 he starred in the television drama What Now, Catherine Curtis? with Lucille Ball, although as Bologna's other best-known film roles are that of temperamental 1950s television star Stan "King" Kaiser in the 1982 comedy hit My Favorite Year, starring Peter O'Toole and of Lenny Koufax, the frustrated father of Sonny Koufax, who was played by Adam Sandler in the 1999 comedy Big Daddy.
He played the mad scientist Dr. Malavaqua in the 1985 comedy Transylvania 6-5000.
In 2006, he became the voice of Mr Start in Ice Age: The Meltdown.
He is married to actress Renée Taylor, with whom he has a son, Gabriel. 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 CBS sitcom The Nanny in the sixth and final season in which Taylor plays Sylvia, the already-married mother of Fran Drescher's character. He also appeared in the first season episode "The Gym Teacher" as a famous actor for whom Maxwell Sheffield once interned.
- Made for Each Other (1971) – Giggy
- Honor Thy Father (1973) – Salvatore (Bill) Bonanno
- Acts of Love and Other Comedies (1973) – Arthur Hellman
- Cops & Robbers (1973) – Joe
- Mixed Company (1974) – Pete
- What Now, Catherine Curtis? (1976) – Peter
- The Big Bus (1976) – Dan Torrance
- Woman of the Year (1976) – Sam Rodino
- Torn Between Two Lovers (1979) – Ted Conti
- Chapter Two (1979) – Leo Schneider
- My Favorite Year (1982) – Stan "King" Kaiser
- One Cooks, the Other Doesn't (1983) – Max Boone
- The Joe Piscopo Special (1984) – Rev. Jimmy
- Bedrooms (1984) – Host/Bill/David
- Blame It on Rio (1984) – Victor Lyons
- The Woman in Red (1984) – Joe
- Transylvania 6-5000 (1985) – Dr. Malavaqua
- Copacabana (1985) – Rico Castelli
- A Time to Triumph (1986) – Chuck Hassan
- Sins (1986) – Steve Bryant
- Rags to Riches (1986–1987) – Nick Foley
- Not Quite Human (1987) – Gordon Vogel
- Coupe de Ville (1990) – Uncle Phil
- Alligator II: The Mutation (1991) – David Hodges
- Married... with Children (1991) – Charlie Verducci
- Top of the Heap (1991) – Charlie Verducci
- Citizen Cohn (1992) – Walter Winchell
- Murder, She Wrote (1992) – Brynie Sullivan
- Daddy Dearest (1993) – Dr. Di Napoli
- L.A. Law (1994) – Jack Barbara
- Revenge of the Nerds IV: Nerds in Love (1994) – Aaron Humphrey
- The Nanny (1994–1999) – Alan Beck / Dr. Joe Razzo
- Caroline in the City (1996) – Lou Spadaro
- Love Is All There Is (1996) – Mike Capomezzo
- Worlds's Finest (1996) – SCU Lt. Dan Turpin
- Superman: The Animated Series (1997–1999) – SCU Lt. Dan Turpin
- Jenny (1998) – Bernie
- Big Daddy (1999) – Lenny Koufax
- Martial Law (1999) – Alistair Temple
- Returning Mickey Stern (2002) – Mickey Stern
- The Chris Isaak Show (2002) – Uncle Corky
- Arliss (2002) –
- Jane Doe: Til Death Do Us Part (2005) – Louis Angelini
- Everwood (2005) – Max Barrett
- Boynton Beach Club (2005) – Harry
- Ice Age: The Meltdown (2006) – Mr. Start
- According to Jim (2006) – Bill
- CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2010) – Giovanni 'Papa' DiMasa
- Driving Me Crazy (2012 film) (2012 post-production) – Martin Brown
- Joseph Bologna at the Internet Movie Database
- Joseph Bologna at the Internet Broadway Database
- Joseph Bologna at AllMovie