Jerry Colonna

Birthday:
09/17/1904
Place of birth:
Boston, Massachusetts, USA:
Biography:
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Gerardo Luigi "Jerry" Colonna (September 17, 1904 – November 22, 1986) was an American musician, actor, comedian, singer, songwriter and trombonist best remembered as the zaniest of Bob Hope's sidekicks in Hope's popular radio shows and films of the 1940s and 1950s. With his pop-eyed facial expressions and walrus-sized handlebar moustache, Colonna was known for singing loudly "in a comic caterwaul," according to Raised on Radio author Gerald Nachman, and for his catchphrase, "Who's Yehudi?", uttered after many an old joke, although it usually had nothing to do with the joke. The line was believed to be named for violin virtuoso Yehudi Menuhin, and the search for Yehudi became a running gag on the Hope show. Colonna featured in three of the popular Hope-Crosby Road films: Road to Singapore (1940) as Achilles Bombassa, Road to Rio (1947) as a Cavalry captain and The Road to Hong Kong (1962) in a cameo role. He can also be seen in the Fred Allen vehicle, It's in the Bag! (1945), as psychiatrist Dr. Greenglass, and he made a brief appearance with Hope in the "Wife, Husband and Wolf" sketch in Star Spangled Rhythm. In 1956 he performed the featured song "My Lucky Charm" in the film Meet Me in Las Vegas, starring Dan Dailey and Cyd Charisse. He provided the voice of the March Hare in the Walt Disney animated film version of Alice in Wonderland (1951) (another radio legend, Ed Wynn, voiced the Mad Hatter) and also lent his zany narration style to several Disney shorts, including Casey at the Bat (1946) and The Brave Engineer (1950).

Credits

This Is Bob Hope... (2017)
as Himself (archive footage)
Bob Hope: Laughing With the Presidents (1996)
as Himself
Joys (1976)
The Road to Hong Kong (1962)
as Man Looking For a Match (uncredited)
Andy Hardy Comes Home (1958)
as Doc
Meet Me in Las Vegas (1956)
as Jerry Colonna
Music Land (1955)
as Narrator
Alice in Wonderland (1951)
as March Hare (voice)
Operation Wonderland (1951)
as Self
Kentucky Jubilee (1951)
as Jerry Harris
The Brave Engineer (1950)
as Narrator
Casey at the Bat (1946)
as Narrator
Make Mine Music (1946)
as Narrator (segment "Casey at the Bat") (voice)
Road to Utopia (1945)
as Man on boat to Alaska (uncredited)
It's in the Bag! (1945)
as Dr. Greengrass
Atlantic City (1944)
as The Professor
Stars on Horseback (1943)
Ice-Capades Revue (1942)
as Theophilus J. Twitchell
Priorities on Parade (1942)
as Jeep Jackson
True to the Army (1942)
as Pvt. 'Pinky' Fothergill
Star Spangled Rhythm (1942)
as Jerry Colonna
Hedda Hopper's Hollywood No. 1 (1941)
as Himself
Ice-Capades (1941)
as Colonna
Sis Hopkins (1941)
as Professor
Melody and Moonlight (1940)
as Abner Kellogg
Comin' Round the Mountain (1940)
Road to Singapore (1940)
as Achilles Bombanassa
Naughty But Nice (1939)
as Allie Gray
Sweepstakes Winner (1939)
as Nick, the Chef
Garden of the Moon (1938)
as Musician
Valley of the Giants (1938)
as Saloon Singer
Little Miss Broadway (1938)
as Band Member
Port of Seven Seas (1938)
as Arab Rug Dealer
Swingtime in the Movies (1938)
as The Texas Tornado
Rosalie (1937)
as Joseph

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