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).
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He was honored with one star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of Radio.
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.
Narrator: If that's Casey, I'm a Rhode Island rooster.
Narrator: Well, cock-a-doodle-doo!
March Hare: I have an excellent idea, LETS CHANGE THE SUBJECT.
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