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Val Bisoglio, Actor in โ€˜Saturday Night Feverโ€™ and โ€˜M*A*S*Hโ€™, ๐”ป๐•š๐•–๐•ค at 95

Val Bisoglio, a character actor whose credits across film, television and theater date back more than 50 years, ๐••๐•š๐•–๐•• on Oct. 18. He was 95.

Bisoglio ๐••๐•š๐•–๐•• in his mountain home near Los Olivos, Calif. His ๐••๐•–๐•’๐•ฅ๐•™ was confirmed to Variety by his wife Bonnie Bisoglio.

Born Italo Valentino Bisoglio on May 7, 1926 in New York City, Bisoglio was raised by parents who had immigrated from towns near Monferrato, Alessandria, Italy. He began acting under the tutelage of Jeff Corey and appeared on the New York stage in productions such as โ€œKiss Mama,โ€ โ€œA View from the Bridgeโ€ and โ€œWait Until Dark,โ€ as well as in New York Cityโ€™s Shakespeare in the Park with Arthur Penn.

Bisoglio also starred in an array of television shows from the 1960โ€™s on. His best-known roles were as Sgt. Sal Pernelli, the cook on โ€œM.A.S.H.,โ€ and Danny Tovo in โ€œQuincy, M.E.โ€ His final television role was as Murf in โ€œThe Sopranosโ€ in 2002.

Bisoglio also garnered numerous film credits over his career. He played Frank, Sr., the father to John Travoltaโ€™s Tony Manero, in โ€œSaturday Night Fever.โ€ Bisoglio was also featured in 1979โ€™s โ€œThe Frisco Kidโ€ in the role of Chief Gray Cloud.

In addition to acting, Bisoglio participated in the Mobilization for Youth pilot project of the Kennedy Administration, an anti-poverty program that trained teenage dropouts for employment.

Bisoglio is survived by his wife of 25 years, Bonnie B. Ray Bisoglio, as well as his sons Joseph Valentino Bisoglio and his wife Devon, Sgt. Scott Chapman and his wife Andrea and Casey DeFranco. He is also survived by brothers-in-law Will R. Ray, E. Scott Ray and wife Kerry, Gaylord W. Ray and wife Cindy and J. Enos Ray and his wife Julie.

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