Joseph Bologna (I) (1934–2017)

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Before signing with director Stanley Donen to play Michael Caine's libidinous best friend in Blame it on Rio (1984), Joe Bologna netted rave reviews for his Sid Caesar send-up in the well-received comedy My Favorite Year (1982) with Peter O'Toole. Well known as both a writer and an actor, Bologna dates his interest in the theater from his student ... See full bio »

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Big Daddy Lenny Koufax
The Big Bus Dan Torrance
Blame it on Rio Victor Lyons


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 2021 Tango Shalom
Father Anthony
 2012 Driving Me Crazy
Martin Brown
 2010 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (TV Series)
Giovanni 'Papa' DiMasa
- Meat Jekyll (2010) ... Giovanni 'Papa' DiMasa
 2007 Dancin' on the Edge (Short)
Captain Reynolds
 2006 Ice Age: The Meltdown
Mr. Start (voice)
 2006 According to Jim (TV Series)
- Daddy Dearest (2006) ... Bill
 2005 Boynton Beach Club
 2005 Everwood (TV Series)
Max Barrett
- Pieces of Me (2005) ... Max Barrett
 2005 Fathers and Sons (TV Movie)
 2005 Jane Doe: Til Death Do Us Part (TV Movie)
Louis Angelini
 2003 Players
Principal Pugliese (as Joe Bologna)
 2002 Arli$$ (TV Series)
Ned Balfour
- Profiles in Agenting (2002) ... Ned Balfour (as Joe Bologna)
 2002 The Chris Isaak Show (TV Series)
Uncle Corky
- The Hidden Mommy (2002) ... Uncle Corky
 2002 Returning Mickey Stern
Mickey Stern
 2001 Dying on the Edge
Cal Roman
 2001 Squint (Short)
Mel Kingman
 2000 Chicken Soup for the Soul (TV Series)
Rabbi Goldman
- 14 Steps/Damaged Goods/Ballerina Dreams (2000) ... Rabbi Goldman
 1999 Martial Law (TV Series)
Alistair Temple
- 24 Hours (1999) ... Alistair Temple (as Joe Bologna)
 1999 Blink of an Eye
 1999 Big Daddy
Lenny Koufax
 1994-1999 The Nanny (TV Series)
Dr. Joe Razzo / Alan Beck
- Ma'ternal Affairs (1999) ... Dr. Joe Razzo
- The Gym Teacher (1994) ... Alan Beck (as Joe Bologna)
 1999 Baby Huey's Great Easter Adventure (Video)
P.T. Wynnsocki
 1998 Astoria (TV Movie)
 1998 The Simple Life (TV Series)
Phillip Devine
- The Luke & Sara Show (1998) ... Phillip Devine
 1998 Jenny (TV Series)
 1997-1998 Superman: The Animated Series (TV Series)
Dan Turpin
- Apokolips... Now!: Part II (1998) ... Dan Turpin (voice)
- Apokolips... Now! (1998) ... Dan Turpin (voice)
- The Hand of Fate (1997) ... Dan Turpin (voice)
- Bizarro's World (1997) ... Dan Turpin (voice)
- Monkey Fun (1997) ... Dan Turpin (voice)
 1997 Heaven Before I Die (as Joe Bologna)
 1997 Cosby (TV Series)
- Older and Out (1997) ... Chuck
 1997 The Batman Superman Movie: World's Finest (TV Movie)
Dan Turpin (voice)
 1997 The Don's Analyst (TV Movie)
Vincent DeMarco
 1997 Temporarily Yours (TV Series)
Mike DeAngelo
- By Design (1997) ... Mike DeAngelo
 1996 Ringer
 1996 Love Is All There Is
 1996 Caroline in the City (TV Series)
Lou Spadaro
- Caroline and the Ex-Wife (1996) ... Lou Spadaro
 1995 Burke's Law (TV Series)
Max Barnett / Leo Barnett
- Who Killed the Movie Mogul? (1995) ... Max Barnett / Leo Barnett
 1994 Night of the Archer
Reggie (as Joe Bologna)
 1994 Revenge of the Nerds IV: Nerds in Love (TV Movie)
Aaron Humphrey
 1994 L.A. Law (TV Series)
Jack Barbara
- Cold Cuts (1994) ... Jack Barbara
 1993 Daddy Dearest (TV Series)
Dr. Di Napoli
- Offensive Care (1993) ... Dr. Di Napoli
 1993 Deadly Rivals
Anthony Canberra (as Joe Bologna)
 1992 Murder, She Wrote (TV Series)
Brynie Sullivan
- The Mole (1992) ... Brynie Sullivan
 1992 The Danger of Love: The Carolyn Warmus Story (TV Movie)
Detective Pollina
 1992 Citizen Cohn (TV Movie)
Walter Winchell
 1992 Jersey Girl
 1991 Top of the Heap (TV Series)
Charlie Verducci
- Mona by Moonlight (1991) ... Charlie Verducci
- The Marrying Guy (1991) ... Charlie Verducci
- The Last Temptation of Charlie (1991) ... Charlie Verducci
- Stocks and Bondages (1991) ... Charlie Verducci
- Behind the Eight Ball (1991) ... Charlie Verducci
 1991 An Inconvenient Woman (TV Mini-Series)
Arnie Zwillman
- Episode #1.2 (1991) ... Arnie Zwillman
- Episode #1.1 (1991) ... Arnie Zwillman
 1991 Married... with Children (TV Series)
Charlie Verducci
- Top of the Heap (1991) ... Charlie Verducci
- Oldies But Young 'Uns (1991) ... Charlie Verducci
 1991 Alligator II: The Mutation
David Hodges
 1990 Thanksgiving Day (TV Movie)
Ned Monk (as Joe Bologna)
 1990 Coupe de Ville
Uncle Phil
 1989 It Had to Be You
Vito Pignoli
 1989 Prime Target (TV Movie)
Ralph Manza
 1987-1988 Rags to Riches (TV Series)
Nick Foley
- Sweet Sixteen (1988) ... Nick Foley
- Guess Who's Coming to Slumber? (1988) ... Nick Foley
- A Very Foley Christmas (1987) ... Nick Foley
- Russian Holiday (1987) ... Nick Foley
- Beauty and the Babe (1987) ... Nick Foley
 1987 Not Quite Human (TV Movie)
Gordon Vogel
 1986 Sins (TV Mini-Series)
Steve Bryant
- Episode #1.3 (1986) ... Steve Bryant
- Episode #1.2 (1986) ... Steve Bryant
- Episode #1.1 (1986) ... Steve Bryant
 1986 A Time to Triumph (TV Movie)
Chuck Hassan (as Joe Bologna)
 1985 Copacabana (TV Movie)
Rico Castelli
 1985 Transylvania 6-5000
Dr. Malavaqua
 1984 The Woman in Red
 1984 Blame it on Rio
Victor Lyons
 1984 Bedrooms (TV Movie)
Host / Bill / David
 1983 One Cooks, the Other Doesn't (TV Movie)
Max Boone
 1982 My Favorite Year
King Kaiser
 1979 Chapter Two
Leo Schneider (as Joe Bologna)
 1979 Torn Between Two Lovers (TV Movie)
Ted Conti (as Joe Bologna)
 1976 Woman of the Year (TV Movie)
Sam Rodino
 1976 The Big Bus
Dan Torrance
 1976 What Now, Catherine Curtis? (TV Movie)
 1974 Mixed Company
 1974 Paradise (TV Movie)
David / Biff / Tony / ...
 1973 Cops and Robbers
 1973 Acts of Love and Other Comedies (TV Movie)
Arthur Hellman
 1973 Honor Thy Father (TV Movie)
Salvatore (Bill) Bonnano
 1971 Made for Each Other
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(Summer 1973) Renee Taylor and his play, "Lovers and Other Strangers," was performed in a Cherry County Playhouse production under the Dome at the Park Palace Hotel in Traverse City, Michigan with Tom Poston and Abby Dalton in the cast. Ruth Bailey was founder and artistic director. See more »

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He & Renée wrote 'Lovers and Other Strangers' for Broadway in which they both starred. They then adapted it for the screen for which they got an Oscar nomination. See more »

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