Val Bisoglio, ‘Sopranos’ and ‘Saturday Night Fever’ actor, dies at 95

Actor Val Bisoglio, known for his character roles in television and film for more than five decades, died last week, his wife said. He was 95 years old.

Bonnie Bisoglio died in a statement Monday at his home near Los Olivos, California. The cause of death was not immediately clear.

Val Bisoglio.Bonnie Bisoglio

“He was a man I loved,” said Bonnie Bisoglio. “He was very special.”

Bisoglio was best known for his role as John Travolta’s unstable father Frank Manero Sr. in the 1977 film “Saturday Night Fever”.

Over 50 years, he played character roles in more than 60 television shows and movies, including “M*A*S*H,” “Quincy, ME” and “The Sopranos.” imdb Profile. She is also credited with starring in “Miami Vice” and “The Mary Tyler Moore Show”.

Italo Valentino Bisoglio was born on May 7, 1926, in New York City. He was raised by his parents, who were immigrants from the nearby towns of Monferrato, Italy.

Before appearing on screen, he was a stage performer in New York productions including “Kiss Mama,” “A View from the Bridge” and “Wet Till Dark.” He also performed with Arthur Penn in the Park with Shakespeare in New York City.

He is survived by his wife and three sons, Joseph Valentino Bisoglio, Sgt. Scott Chapman and Casey DeFranco.

Improvement (October 25, 2021, 8 p.m. ET): A previous version of this article had misspellings where Val Bisoglio died. It was at his home near Olivio, Calif., not Olivi.