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Beloved Actor Joseph Bologna Passed Away At 82 After Losing Battle To Pancreatic Cancer

Hollywood has lost yet another one of its stars.

Joseph Bologna, an accomplished actor, writer, and director with a ton of credits on his packed resume, passed away on Sunday at the age of 82. His wife, Renee Taylor, confirmed that her husband died after a three-year battle with pancreatic cancer, noting that he had “a beautiful life and a beautiful death.”

As the Huffington Post shares, Bologna died just two days after the couple celebrated their 52nd wedding anniversary.

Beyond being husband and wife, the couple was also a writing team that co-wrote 22 plays, as well as collaborators on numerous film and TV projects. They co-wrote and starred in the Broadway show “Lovers and Other Strangers” in 1968, and they would receive an Oscar nomination for their screenplay adaptation into a film in 1970.

Bologna and Taylor would follow that up by snagging a Writers Guild Award for their 1971 movie “Made For Each Other,” in which they also starred.

The couple’s other credits include television series such as CBS’ “Calucci’s Department,” HBO’s “Bedrooms,” and PBS’ “American Dream Machine,” as well as a Marlo Thomas TV special entitled “Acts of Love and Other Comedies.” The couple was introduced by their mutual manager, Buddy Allen, and they would go on to be married on the stage of “The Merv Griffin Show.”

It’s noted that the couple renewed their vows five times over their five decades together.

Bologna was born in Brooklyn and originally started out in the advertising business. He would head to the stage after directing a number of commercials. On the big screen, Bologna delivered notable turns in films such as 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.”

His most recent work on the big screen came as a voice actor for the animated hit 2006’s “Ice Age: The Meltdown.”

Bologna also made his mark on the small screen, with his work running the gamut from dramas to sitcoms and telepics. Credits include 1983’s “One Cooks, the Other Doesn’t,” and the 1986 miniseries “Sins.” He appeared in in the 1991 “Married With Children” spinoff “Top of the Heap,” which featured a pre-’Friends’ Matt LeBlanc, as well as the 1987-88 dramedy “Rags to Riches.”

Most recently, Bologna has appeared on “According to Jim,” “Everwood,” and “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.”

Bologna’s final project was the upcoming film “Tango Shalom,” in which he stars alongside Taylor. The film is a true family affair, as his son, Gabriel, directed the film, while daughter Zizi served as music supervisor. The couple co-wrote that film as well.

Bologna passed away on Sunday morning at City of Hope in Duarte, California. He made a public appearance just last month at the 35th-anniversary screening of “My Favorite Year” in Los Angeles. Bologna had a memorable turn in that film as TV star King Kaiser.

Funeral services are being arranged at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Beverly Hills. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and loved ones of Bologna.

Source: HuffPost
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