Who is Chick Vennera?
Chick Vennera born on March 27, 1947 was an American actor, known for his role as Joe Mondragon, in Robert Redford’s The Milagro Beanfield War, among other movies. He also often served as a voice double for Joe Pesci.
Chick Vennera Death, Cause Of Death
Chick Vennera died on Wednesday at home at the age of 74 after a long battle with cancer.
The star was best known for dancing on top of parked cars in the 1978 disco movie Thank God It’s Friday starring Donna Summer, Debra Winger and Jeff Goldblum.
And Chick also had a recurring role on the popular and long-running sitcom The Golden Girls starring Beatrice Arthur, Betty White, Rue McClanahan and Estelle Getty.
His daughter Nicky Vennera confirmed his passing on Thursday.
The star had a wide ranging career but he was most beloved for one character: he made a lasting impression as the club goer known as The Leatherman who danced his way over several parked cars in the comedy Thank God It’s Friday which is better known for its music than its plot.
Chick Vennera Biography, Wiki
After serving in the US Army Signal Corps, Vennera embarked on a career as an actor and dancer. He was also a musician, playing several instruments. His first acting role of note was in the Broadway production of Grease, having toured with the musical for a year. He continued as a performer and appeared in the 1978 film Thank God It’s Friday where he performed a dance routine on top of several cars. His acting career continued throughout the 1980s and 1990s, appearing in many films and television series. In 1989, he appeared in three episodes of The Golden Girls.
Vennera also ventured into voice acting in the 1980s with roles on Hanna-Barbera programs. However, his most notable role was Pesto on Warner Bros. Animation/Amblin Entertainment’s hit animated series Animaniacs. Prior to his death, Vennera taught acting.
Chick Vennera Films/Movies
|1978||Thank God It’s Friday|
|1988||The Milagro Beanfield War|
|1991||The Terror Within II|
|1997||Time Under Fire|
Chick Vennera Television Works
|1989||The Golden Girls|
|1996-1997||The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest|