Bologna had a huge role in my favorite movie, "My Favorite Year." It chronicles the adventures of a young assistant on a fictional variety show set in the 1950's. The young assistant, played by mark Linn-Baker is assigned to keep an eye on continuously drunk movie star Alan Swan, played perfectly by Peter O'Toole. From what I've read about O'Toole, playing a drunk movie star wasn't much of a stretch. He was nominated for an Academy Award.
Bologna played the host of the fictional TV show, King Kaiser. The thing I will remember most about Bologna's performance (and O'Toole's) was the swagger. He was confident and cocky, and he didn't take stuff from anyone-- including the mob boss Kaiser's show poked fun at.
I loved every second of the film. It often pops up on cable, and do yourself a favor. Watch it.
As I've noted here before, I think a big reason I enjoyed the movie was I saw it at the old
Ritz Theater in downtown Scranton with a group of college friends.. A good movie. Good performances. Great companionship. Can't be beat.