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      Chick Vennera

      Chick Vennera

      Highest Rated: 61% The Milagro Beanfield War (1988)

      Lowest Rated: 33% McBain (1991)

      Birthday: Mar 27, 1947

      Birthplace: Herkimer, New York, USA

      In the midst of performing as a singer and musician from a very young age, Chick Vennera made his television debut as a vocal talent on a first-season episode of the classic Space-Age cartoon series "The Jetsons." After two years of acting studies at the venerable Pasadena Playhouse, the New York native enlisted in the Army, where he entertained the troops with his acrobatic and melodious stage act. Upon his return to civilian life, Vennera performed with the international Disney On Parade tour before segueing into the world of Broadway. Concurrently, he reemerged as a TV character actor with appearances on such live-action cop dramas as "Baretta" and "The Blue Knight" (1975-1976). Although Vennera made a memorable big-screen debut as the parking-lot dancer 'Marv the Leather Man' in the disco comedy "Thank God It's Friday," it was his lofty stage work that landed him a role opposite Richard Gere in "Yanks," a World War II drama directed by John Schlesinger. Vennera delivered his first lead film performance as a defiant bean farmer in the comedic fantasy "The Milagro Beanfield War" and, on the television front, continued to guest appear on such series as "The Golden Girls" (NBC 1985-1992), which featured his fan-favorite depiction of the pompous reporter Enrique Mas. In the '90s, Vennera became a prolific contributor in the field of voice acting, performing on such popular animated shows as "Animaniacs" and "Batman." The actor launched his own performance-arts school in 2009. Chick Vennera died of cancer on July 7, 2021 at the age of 74.

      Highest rated movies

      The Milagro Beanfield War
      Yanks
      Thank God It's Friday
      McBain

      Photos

      YANKS, Chick Vennera, Richard Gere, Andy Pantelidou, 1979. (c) Universal Pictures THANK GOD IT'S FRIDAY, Chick Vennera, 1978 YANKS, (aka YANQUIS), standing from left: Vanessa Redgrave, William Devane, adults seated from left: Rachel Roberts, Richard Gere, Lisa Eichhorn, Chick Vennera, 1979, © Universal THE MILAGRO BEANFIELD WAR, Julie Carmen, Chick Vennera, 1988, (c)Universal YANKS, Richard Gere, Chick Vennera, 1979 THANK GOD IT'S FRIDAY, Chick Vennera, 1978 YANKS, Richard Gere, Lisa Eichhorn, Chick Vennera, Wendy Morgan, 1979

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet 26% Tycus Stan Alton (Character) - 2000
      No Score Yet 14% Running Red Liquor Store Owner (Character) - 2000
      No Score Yet 23% Active Stealth Chiccio (Character) - 1999
      No Score Yet 76% Fugitive Mind Jimmy Morabito (Character) - 1999
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Intrepid Ellerson (Character) - 1999
      No Score Yet 33% Angel in Training Director - 1998
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Angels in Training Director - 1998
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Capitol Conspiracy Salvator (Character) - 1998
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Alone in the Woods Perry (Character) - 1997
      No Score Yet 29% Beneath the Bermuda Triangle Spitz (Character) - 1997
      No Score Yet 57% Night Eyes... Fatal Passion Alex Stein (Character) - 1996
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Kissing Miranda Raul Solo (Character) - 1995
      No Score Yet 40% Body Chemistry IV Freddie Summers (Character) - 1995
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Body Chemistry 3: Point of Seduction Freddie Summers (Character) - 1994
      No Score Yet 17% Double Threat Stephen Ross (Character) - 1992
      33% 35% McBain Roberto Santos (Character) $294.5K 1991
      No Score Yet 0% The Terror Within II Kyle (Character) - 1991
      No Score Yet 25% Night Eyes Shapiro (Character) - 1990
      No Score Yet 57% A Mother's Courage: The Mary Thomas Story Unknown (Character) - 1989
      61% 74% The Milagro Beanfield War Joe Mondragon (Character) $12.7M 1988
      No Score Yet 8% Last Rites Nuzo (Character) $292.3K 1988
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Kidnapped Tony Leonard (Character) - 1987
      No Score Yet 49% High Risk Tony (Character) - 1981
      57% 62% Yanks Danny Ruffelo (Character) - 1979
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Vegas Mitch Costigan (Character) - 1978
      36% 36% Thank God It's Friday Marv Gomez (Character) - 1978
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Billy: Portrait of a Street Kid Luis (Character) - 1977

      TV

      Credit
      83% No Score Yet That's Life Unknown (Guest Star) 2000
      No Score Yet No Score Yet JAG Unknown (Guest Star) 1998
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Mad About You Johnny (Guest Star) 1996
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Watcher Unknown (Guest Star) 1995
      No Score Yet 93% Darkwing Duck Unknown (Guest Voice) 1992
      No Score Yet 93% The Golden Girls Enrique Mas (Guest Star) 1989
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Diff'rent Strokes Unknown (Guest Star) 1986
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Blue Knight Unknown (Guest Star) 1975