Jerry Colonna

Highest Rated: 100% Road to Rio (1947)
Lowest Rated: 70% Make Mine Music (1946)
Birthday: Sep 17, 1904
Birthplace: Not Available
In his youth, Jerry Colonna worked as a longshoreman by day to finance his music studies by night. He became a star trombonist in several major bands, fronting his own jazz aggregation for a time. Not willing to become just one more sideliner, Colonna decided to develop a wacky comic persona, growing a huge handlebar mustache for that purpose. He skyrocketed to popularity as a combination stooge/heckler for radio comedian Bob Hope, coining such catch phrases as "Who's Yehudi?" and "Ah, yes...exciting, isn't it?" On his own, Colonna recorded several best-selling records, offering ear-piercing renditions of such songs as "On the Road to Mandalay" (he could hold a high note longer--and to better effect--than any "serious" opera diva). After his film debut in 52nd Street (1937), Colonna played several hilarious supporting roles, and also starred in a few lively "B"-movies like Priorities on Parade (1944) and Kentucky Jamboree (1950); he was also seen in an ersatz version in dozens of Warner Bros. cartoons of the 1940s. During the 1950s and 1960s, Colonna continued making USO tours with Bob Hope (as he'd done during the war), headlined a nightclub act, and showed up with great frequency as a TV guest star on such series as The Monkees and McHale's Navy. After Colonna fell victim to a stroke in the late 1960s, his old boss Hope saw to it that Jerry and his family were well-provided for. In addition to his performing credits, Jerry Colonna also penned a novel, The Loves of Tullio (1970).

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet The Road to Hong Kong Guest Star 1962
No Score Yet Andy Hardy Comes Home Doc 1958
No Score Yet Meet Me in Las Vegas MC at Silver Slipper 1956
100% Road to Rio Cavalry Captain 1947
70% Make Mine Music Director 1946
No Score Yet It's in the Bag Dr. Greengrass, Psychiatrist 1945
No Score Yet Star Spangled Rhythm Specialty 1942
No Score Yet Priorities on Parade Jeep Jackson, trombonist 1942
92% Road to Morocco Actor 1942
No Score Yet Sis Hopkins Professor 1941
100% Road to Singapore Achilles Bombanassa 1940
No Score Yet Naughty But Nice Allie Gray 1939
No Score Yet Port of Seven Seas Arab Rug Dealer 1938
No Score Yet College Swing Prof. Yascha Koloski 1938
No Score Yet Little Miss Broadway Member of the Band 1938
No Score Yet Rosalie 2nd Officer Joseph 1937
No Score Yet 52nd Street Specialty Vocalist 1937

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet The Monkees
1966-1968
Dr. Mann
  • 1966

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