Actor and screenwriter Joseph Bologna dies aged 82

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Joseph Bologna

Bologna is survived by his wife, Renee Taylor; their son, Gabriel Bologna; and their daughter, Zizi Bologna.

Joe Bologna, an actor and writer who received an Oscar nomination for his screenplay of the 1970 comedy "Lovers and Other Strangers" and had a key supporting role as the egomaniacal variety show host in the 1982 hit comedy "My Favorite Year", died August 13 in Duarte, Calif. He and Renee Taylor (you know her from "The Nanny" among other things) renewed their vows every year since 1965.

He died at City of Hope hospital in Duarte, California. "He had a attractive life and a handsome death having fully and gratefully experienced three years since being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer at Cedars Sinai", she said. The pair returned in 1981 to star in their original comedy It Had to Be You and again in 2001 with If You Ever Leave Me.I'm Going With You!

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.

Throughout their relationship, the couple co-wrote over 20 plays and collaborated on a number of film and television projects, including the Emmy-winning Acts of Love and Other Comedies. Producer Mel Brooks, one of Caesar's writers on Your Show of Shows in the 1950s, insisted that first-time movie director Richard Benjamin use Bologna, and Caesar reportedly was delighted.

"I love Sid", Bologna said when the film came out, according to The Hollywood Reporter. "But he was, like, nuts". Just last month, Bologna attended a 35th anniversary screening of "My Favorite Year" in Los Angeles.

Joseph Bologna was born in Brooklyn on December 30, 1934. 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's final work is an upcoming film he wrote and starred in titled Tango Shalom.

Bologna and Taylor were introduced by their mutual manager, Buddy Allen. He shined shoes to put himself through Brown University where he graduated as an art history major. Bologna answered, "No, but I make a living".

They planned to marry at Tavern on the Green in NY but were anxious that it was going to be too expensive, so Griffin arranged for them to Wednesday in 1965 on his soundstage. The show aired for two seasons.

The family has said that funeral services are being arranged at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Beverly Hills.

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