Award-Winning Actor And Writer Joe Bologna Dead At 82

The Big Daddy actor has passed away.

TMZ reports that Joe Bologna, a writer and actor, died in Duarte, Calif. on Sunday, Aug. 13, 2017. After battling pancreatic cancer for three years, he reportedly succumbed to the disease in his last few months.

Bologna was 82 years old.

"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," Bologna's wife Renée Taylor said in a statement to Deadline. "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 personalized 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 favorite place, Italy, with his family in June, and attend the 35th Anniversary celebration of My Favorite Year, on July 27th."

During his life, Bologna had written several projects, including the Broadway production Lovers and Other Strangers, which earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Screenplay after he and his wife adapted the play for film. He also wrote and acted in Made for Each Other, which won a Writer's Guild Award, and the TV movie Acts of Love and Other Comedies, which snagged an Emmy award.

He also starred in many other TV and film projects, including Blame it on Rio (1984), The Woman in Red (1984), Big Daddy (1999), and Ice Age: The Meltdown (2006).

Bologna is survived by his wife and their son, Gabriel.