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Jerry Colonna Biography (1904-1986)
Full name, Gerald Colonna; born October 17, 1904, in Boston, MA; died of kidney failure in Woodland Hills, CA, November 21, 1986; married; children: one son.
Jerry Colonna's comedy trademarks were his bulging eyes, walrus mustache andhis ability to hold a note for over seventy-two seconds. He traveled over four million miles with Bob Hope entertaining U.S. soldiers and performed in more than fifteen hundred shows. He became identified with his reading of the line "Whattsa matter, you crazy or something?"
- Birth Details
- October 17, 1904
- Boston, Massachusetts, United States
- Death Details
- November 21, 1986
- Woodland Hills, California, United States
Credits; PRINCIPAL STAGE APPEARANCES
- Entertained U.S. troops abroad with the Bob Hope Show, 1941-66.
- cabaret musician (trombonist), Leo Reisman Band, Benny Goodman Band, Artie Shaw Band, Red Nichols Band, Dorsey Brothers Band, and the Ozzie Nelson Orchestra.
- FILM DEBUT--52nd Street, 1937.
Credits; PRINCIPAL FILM APPEARANCES
- Rosalie, 1937.
- Little Miss Broadway, 1938.
- Garden of the Moon, 1938.
- College Swing, 1938.
- The Road to Singapore, 1940.
- Sis Hopkins, 1941.
- Star Spangled Rhythm, 1942.
- True to the Army, 1942.
- Atlantic City, 1944.
- The Road to Rio, 1947.
- Coming Round the Mountain, 1951.
- Meet Me in Las Vegas, 1956.
- Andy Hardy Comes Home, 1958.
- The Road to Hong Kong, 1962.
- Also appeared in Ice Capades.
Credits; PRINCIPAL TELEVISION APPEARANCES
- Bob Hope specials, in the 1960s and 1970s.
Credits; PRINCIPAL RADIO WORK
- Staff trombonist with CBS Orchestra, New York City, 1931.
- guest on The Fred Allen Show, Bing Crosby's Kraft Music Hall Show, 1937,and the Bob Hope Show, 1938.
- SINGLE--Ebb Tide.
- Who Threw That Coconut?.
- The Loves of Tullio, 1970.
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