Joseph Bologna, an actor, playwright and screenwriter who was so memorable as the egotistical King Kaiser in the 1982 comedy classic My Favorite Year, has died.
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 .
A native of Brooklyn, Bologna also appeared in Neil Simon's Chapter Two (1979); Blame It on Rio (1984), with Michael Caine and Demi Moore; The Woman in Red (1984), opposite Gene Wilder; and Big Daddy (1999), with Adam Sandler, a family friend.
On television in the 1990s, Bologna was a regular on the short-lived Married With Children … spinoff Top of the Heap — playing Charlie Verducci, the lowlife friend of Al Bundy (Ed O'Neill) — and Rags to Riches , with Tisha Campbell.
The son of a shoeshine man, Bologna attended Brown University and graduated with a degree in art history, served in the U.S. Marine Corps and directed TV commercials for products like Right Guard and Gillette.
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