Joseph Bologna

Joseph Bologna

Highest Rated: 96% My Favorite Year (1982)

Lowest Rated: Not Available

Birthday: Dec 30, 1934

Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, USA

Born in 1934, Joseph Bologna grew up in Brooklyn. He excelled academically, eventually going to Brown University to study art history. Completing his degree, he uncovered through a student group that he had a flair for acting. However, the Marine Corps were in his immediate future, so he pushed any creative endeavors to the side. After the Marines, Bologna worked in Manhattan at ad agencies creating TV commercials. In his early 30s, he met aspiring actress/comedienne Renee Taylor at a comedy club. Quickly falling in love, the pair married in 1965 and collaborated on a stage play called "Lovers and Other Strangers." The play was eventually turned into an acclaimed feature film, "Lovers and Other Strangers" (1970), that netted Bologna and Taylor an Academy Award nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay. Bologna teamed with his wife for another screenplay that led to "Made for Each Other" (1971), but this time the pair also starred in it. He appeared alongside Peter O'Toole in the beloved comedy "My Favorite Year" (1982) and worked with Michael Caine in the romantic comedy "Blame It on Rio" (1984). Bologna worked regularly in TV and film throughout the rest of his career, playing Adam Sandler's father in "Big Daddy" (1999), and even dabbling in voice work, including the short "Ice Age: The Meltdown" (2006). He continued to collaborate on writing and acting work with his wife throughout his career, extending as late as a 2001 theatrical show "If You Ever Leave Me...I'm Going With You!" His last acting appearance was in his son Gabriel Bologna's comedy "Tango Shalom" (2012), which he also helped write. Bologna passed away at the age of 82 from complications of pancreatic cancer in August 2017.

Highest rated movies

My Favorite Year
Tango Shalom
The Big Bus
Boynton Beach Club
Chapter Two
Big Daddy
The Woman in Red
Returning Mickey Stern




70% 83% Tango Shalom Father Anthony (Character),
$69.6K 2021
No Score Yet 53% Fathers and Sons Noah (Character) - 2005
60% 41% Boynton Beach Club Harry (Character) $3.1M 2005
No Score Yet No Score Yet Jane Doe: 'Til Death Do Us Part Louis Angelini (Character) - 2005
31% No Score Yet Returning Mickey Stern Mickey Stern (Character),
- 2003
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dying on the Edge Cal Roman (Character) - 1999
No Score Yet 20% Baby Huey's Great Easter Adventure P.T. Wynnsocki (Character) - 1999
39% 74% Big Daddy Lenny Koufax (Character) $163.5M 1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet Blink of an Eye Renfro (Character) - 1999
80% 77% The Batman-Superman Movie SCU Lt. Dan Turpin (Voice) - 1998
No Score Yet 47% Love Is All There Is Mike Capomezzo (Character),
$61.3K 1996
No Score Yet No Score Yet Ringer Goldstein (Character) - 1996
No Score Yet 64% Citizen Cohn Walter Winchell (Character) - 1992
No Score Yet 60% Jersey Girl Bennie (Character) - 1992
No Score Yet No Score Yet Danger of Love Detective John Pollina (Character) - 1992
No Score Yet No Score Yet Deadly Rivals Anthony Canberra (Character) - 1992
No Score Yet No Score Yet An Inconvenient Woman Arnie Zwillman (Character) - 1991
No Score Yet 16% Alligator II: The Mutation David Hodges (Character) - 1991
0% 71% Coupe de Ville Uncle Phil (Character) $592.1K 1990
No Score Yet No Score Yet It Had to Be You Vito Pignoli (Character),
- 1989
No Score Yet 88% Rags to Riches Nick Foley (Character) - 1987
No Score Yet No Score Yet Not Quite Human Gordon Vogel (Character) - 1987
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Time to Triumph Chuck Hassan (Character) - 1986
18% 41% Transylvania 6-5000 Dr. Malavaqua (Character) $7.2M 1985
No Score Yet No Score Yet Copacabana Rico Castelli (Character) - 1985
33% 38% The Woman in Red Joey (Character) - 1984
8% 39% Blame It on Rio Victor Lyons (Character) - 1983
No Score Yet No Score Yet One Cooks, the Other Doesn't Max Boone (Character) - 1983
96% 84% My Favorite Year King Kaiser (Character) - 1982
50% 32% Chapter Two Leo Schneider (Character) - 1979
No Score Yet 62% Torn Between Two Lovers Ted Conti (Character) - 1979
64% 58% The Big Bus Dan Torrance (Character) - 1976
No Score Yet No Score Yet Woman of the Year Sam Rodino (Character) - 1976
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mixed Company Pete (Character) - 1974
No Score Yet 31% Cops and Robbers Joe (Character) - 1973
No Score Yet 50% Honor Thy Father Salvatore Bonnano (Character) - 1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet Made for Each Other Giggy (Character) - 1971


No Score Yet 81% CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Unknown (Guest Star) 2010
No Score Yet No Score Yet According to Jim Unknown (Guest Star) 2006
93% 96% Everwood Unknown (Guest Star) 2005
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cosby Unknown (Guest Star) 1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet Temporarily Yours Unknown (Guest Star) 1997
43% No Score Yet Burke's Law Unknown (Character) 1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet Top of the Heap Unknown (Character) 1991
No Score Yet 100% Married ... With Children Charlie Verducci (Guest Star) 1991
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Joan Rivers Show Guest 1989
No Score Yet No Score Yet Sins - Del 1 Unknown (Character) 1986