Joseph Bologna died on Sunday aged 82 after a three-year battle with pancreatic cancer.
The actor and director is survived by his wife of 52 years, actress and screenwriter, known for her role on The Nanny, Renee Taylor.
“He had a beautiful life and a beautiful death having fully and gratefully experienced three years since being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer at Cedars Sinai,” Taylor said in a statement to Entertainment Weekly.
“His team of doctors, who prolonged his life, were Dr. Roger Lerner and Dr. David Hoffman of Cedars Sinai, in Beverly Hills. For the last six months during the cancer’s most aggressive stage, Dr. Vincent Chung and Dr. Stefanie Mooney of City of Hope gave him back a wonderful quality of life by creating a personalised treatment and palliative care plan, so that he could receive a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Night of 100 Stars on February 26, of this year, take a month-long trip to his favourite place, Italy, with his family in June, and attend the 35th Anniversary celebration of My Favourite Year, on July 27th.”
Bologna, who is known for his role as King Kaiser in My Favourite Year, also starred in Big Daddy with Adam Sandler, Woman in Red with Gene Wilder and Blame It On Rio, with Michael Caine and Demi Moore, plus many more.