About Joe Bologna

Vital Stats
Birth Name: Joseph Bologna
Born: December 30, 1938
Birth Place: Brooklyn, New York
Nationality: American


Mr. Bologna's acting career dates back to his days as an undergraduate at Brown University.  After a tour of duty in the Marines, he began directing documentaries and commercials and writing special comedy material.

In 1965, he married writer/actress Renee Taylor. They wrote the Broadway play Lovers and Other Strangers, in which Mr. Bologna made his professional acting debut.  They then collaborated on the screen version which earned them their first Oscar nomination and critical acclaim.

In 1971, the duo co-wrote Made for Each other, which marked Mr. Bologna's feature film acting debut.  The feature was re-released in 1985 and has developed a tremendous cult following.

Bologna and Taylor received an Emmy Award for co-writing the television special Acts of Love and Other Comedies.  They wrote and co-starred in the television special, Bedrooms, for which they received a Writers Guild award.  The duo also created the television series Calucci's Department on CBS.

Additionally they co-wrote, co-directed and co-starred in the feature film It Had to be You, based on their Broadway play.  More recently, they shared the same duties in their original feature film, Love is All There Is, starring Angelina Jolie in one of her earliest film roles.

In between writing projects, Mr. Bologna's acting career flourished.  His feature film credits include:  My Favorite Year, The Woman in Red, Blame It On Rio, Chapter Two, Honor Thy Father, Coupe de Ville, Cops and Robbers, Mixed Company and The Big Bus.  He also played Adam Sandler's father in the box office hit Big Daddy.

On television, Mr. Bologna starred in the movies One Cooks, the Other Doesn't; A Time to Triumph, Sins, Torn Between Two Lovers, Copacabana, An Inconvenient Woman, The Danger of Love, Citizen Cohn, and the series Rags to Riches.  He also appeared in the Showtime original feature comedy Family Therapy opposite Robert Loggia and Angie Dickinson.  Joe also made a guest appearance on The Nanny, playing (ironically) "Sylvia Fine's lover".

Bologna and Taylor are following up their long running The Bermuda Avenue Triangle, with their semi-autobiographical comedy, If You Ever Leave Me I'm Going with You. They recently completed successful runs in Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, Miami, and Atlantic City.  They will soon re-team in the Independent feature comedy Returning Mickey.


Don't Hurt Me...!   Star 2003     
Dr. Dolittle 2   Voice 2001     
Baby Huey's Great Easter Adventure   Star 1998     
Heaven Before I Die   Star 1997     
National Lampoon's The Don's Analyst   Star 1997     
Love Is All There Is   Director Star Screenwriter 1996     
Danger of Love   Star 1995     
Not Quite Human   Star 1993     
Jersey Girl   Star 1993     
Citizen Cohn   Star 1992     
Deadly Rivals   Star 1992     
Coupe De Ville   Star 1990     
Alligator 2 - The Mutation   Star 1990     
Rags to Riches   Star 1986     
Transylvania 6-5000   Star 1985     
Blame It on Rio   Star 1984     
The Woman in Red   Star 1984     
One Cooks, the Other Doesn't   Star 1983     
My Favorite Year   Star 1982     
Copacabana   Star 1982     
Chapter Two   Star 1979     
Torn Between Two Lovers   Star 1979     
The Big Bus   Star 1976     
Great Mafia Movies   Star 1973-1989     
Honor Thy Father   Star 1973     
Cops and Robbers   Star 1973     
Lovers and Other Strangers   Screenwriter 1970