MASH and Saturday Night Fever star Val Bisoglio dies at 95

Val Bisoglio, a character actor whose credits across film, television and theatre date back more than 50 years, died on October 18. He was 95.

Bisoglio died in his mountain home near Los Olivos, California. His death 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.

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Val Bisoglio in Saturday Night Fever

He began acting under the tutelage of Jeff Corey and appeared on the New York stage in productions such as Kiss Mama, A View from the Bridge and Wait Until Dark as well as in New York City’s Shakespeare in the Park with Arthur Penn.

Bisoglio also starred in an array of television shows from the 1960s on.

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His best-known roles were as ‘Sergeant Sal Pernelli’, the cook on M.A.S.H., and ‘Danny Tovo’ in Quincy, M.E. His final television role was as ‘Murf’ in The Sopranos in 2002.

Bisoglio also garnered numerous film credits over his career. He played ‘Frank Senior’, the father to John Travolta’s Tony Manero, in Saturday Night Fever.

Val Bisoglio and John Travolta in Saturday Night Fever

Bisoglio was also featured in 1979’s The Frisco Kid 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.

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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, Sergeant Scott Chapman and his wife Andrea and Casey De Franco.

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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