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Known for Exaggerated handlebar mustache, raucous voice; zany or nitwitted characters
Top Roles Achilles Bombanassa, Himself, Professor Yascha Koloski, March Hare, Dr. Greengrass, Psychiatrist
Top GenresMusical, Comedy, Romance, Adventure, Family, Animation
Top TopicsExotic Lands, Road Movie, Disney
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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 .


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).



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

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Jerry Colonna Quotes:

Alice: [turning down an offer for a cup of tea] I'm sorry, but I just haven't the time!
March Hare: The time! The time! Who's got the time?

[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.

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!

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Jerry Colonna Facts
After high school graduation from Boston English High, he found a job working as a longshoreman.

Suffered a serious stroke in August 1966 from which he never fully recovered. He spent nearly two years in various hospitals recuperating, including the Motion Picture Country Home in Woodland Hills, California. When he returned to performing it was for Bob Hope in his annual Christmas show in Vietnam but his participation was brief.

Known for his google-eyed roll, facial contortions, and wide, handlebar mustache, the madcap comic always looked like the tenor of a barbershop quartet. His renditions of "Sweet Adeline" and "Down By the Old Millstream" were classics.

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