‘My Favourite Year’ actor Joe Bologna has died, aged 82

The American actor had battled pancreatic cancer for three years

Actor Joe Bologna has died at the age of 82, it has been announced.

The American star, who was best known for his appearances in My Favourite Year and Transylvania 6-5000, passed away following a three year battle with pancreatic cancer.

Bologna, who received a Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar nomination for Lovers And Other Strangers in 1971, was married to actress Renee Taylor for over 50 years.

In a statement, Taylor confirmed her husband had died in Duarte, California, and hailed his “beautiful life and beautiful death”.

During his hugely extensive career, Bologna also worked on a huge variety of projects with Taylor, including Love And Other Strangers, and 22 plays.

In recent years, the Brooklyn-born actor also starred in TV crime drama NCIS, alongside a voice role in Ice Age: The Meltdown.

Paying tribute, Taylor told Deadline: “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.

“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.”

His funeral will be held in Beverly Hills.