'My Favourite Year' actor Joe Bologna has died, aged 82

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Bologna's most notable onscreen appearance came as the slick King Kaiser, clearly modeled after comedy legend Sid Caesar, in the classic My Favorite Year. Bologna passed away two days after the couple celebrated 52nd wedding anniversary.

His breakthrough film, 1970's "Lovers and Other Strangers", which he wrote with Renee Taylor, his wife of 52 years, was based on the true-life circumstances of staging their own 1965 wedding on short notice.

His wife and longtime collaborator, Renee Taylor, who survives him, said her husband had "a attractive life and a lovely death".

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.

Bologna died on Sunday (Aug. 13) in Duarte, CA, surrounded by family and friends, according to a statement from his family.

Bologna spent much of his career working alongside his wife, with whom he wrote 22 plays, the 1971 hit film Made for Each Other, as well as 1996's Love Is All There Is, which marked one of Angelina Jolie's first roles in a feature film. They won an Emmy in 1973 for the TV special Acts of Love and Other Comedies and co-wrote and starred in the TV movies Paradise (1974), Woman of the Year (1976), Good Penny (1977), which Bologna co-directed, A Cry for Love (1980) and Bedrooms (1984). According to the publication, Taylor thought that Bologna would say something amusing, but he simply said, "love".

Taylor went on to share some details about Bologna's final six months - the period in which his cancer became most aggressive. "He was a pro, and he did his thing". Active up until his death Bologna attended a 35th anniversary screening of "My Favorite Year" in Los Angeles. 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".

Bologna was born in Brooklyn, New York, to Peter, who worked on a shoeshine stand, and Antonett.

Taylor, then a stand-up comic, was a regular guest on The Merv Griffin Show when her and Bologna's mutual manager, Buddy Allen, introduced them. The couple's daughter, Zizi, served as music supervisor. "I'm Going With You!" He graduated with an art history degree from Brown University, in Providence, Rhode Island, where he also got his first taste of acting. Bologna answered, "No, but I make a living".

His funeral will be held in Beverly Hills.

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