Job Actor
Known for Exaggerated handlebar mustache, raucous voice; zany or nitwitted characters
Top Roles Himself, Professor Yascha Koloski, Achilles Bombanassa, March Hare, Dr. Greengrass, Psychiatrist
Top GenresMusical, Comedy, Romance, Adventure, Family, Animation
Top TopicsExotic Lands, Road Movie, Disney
Top Collaborators , , , (Producer)
Shares birthday with Dolores Costello, Anne Bancroft, Roddy McDowall  see more..

Jerry Colonna Overview:

Character actor, Jerry Colonna, was born Gerardo Luigi Colonna on Sep 17, 1904 in Boston, MA. Colonna died at the age of 82 on Nov 21, 1986 in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles .

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Jerry Colonna was a beaming, bulgy-eyed American musician and comedian who had a black mustache that almost rivaled Groucho Marx's fake one. He also had the ability to hold a note until it sounded as though it were bouncing around in an echo chamber. He was a trombone player at age 14, and later led his own band, but his raucous voice and sense of the ridiculous led him into comedy. After a regular stint on Bob Hope's radio show, he made engagingly lunatic cameo appearances in film frolics featuring Hope and others.

(Source: available at Amazon Quinlan's Illustrated Dictionary of Film Character Actors).

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He was honored with one star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of Radio.

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Jerry Colonna Quotes:

Mad Hatter: Do you care for tea?
Alice: Why, yes. I'm very fond of tea.
March Hare: If you don't care for tea, you could at least make polite conversation!


Alice: I was sitting on the riverbank with uh... with you know who...
Mad Hatter: I DO?
Alice: I mean my C-A-T.
Mad Hatter: Tea?
March Hare: [slices a tea cup in half] Just half a cup, if you don't mind.


[after they have restrained the Dormouse]
Mad Hatter: Ah thank goodness! Those are the things that upset me!
March Hare: See all the trouble you started?
Alice: But I didn't think...
March Hare: Ah, that's just it. If you don't think, then you shouldn't talk.


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He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Radio at 1645 Vine Street in Hollywood, California.

Biography in: "Who's Who in Comedy" by Ronald L. Smith. Pg. 113-114. New York: Facts on File, 1992. ISBN 0816023387

Brother of Louis Colonna.

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