Chick Vennera, actor of “Golden Girls” and “Animaniacs”, died at 74

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Chick Vennera, an actor known for his roles in “The Golden Girls” and more, has died at the age of 74.

The star died of lung cancer at her Burbank, Calif. Home on Wednesday, her daughter confirmed to Fox News.

Vennera appeared in three episodes of “Golden Girls,” playing a man named Pepe in one episode of season four before appearing as Enrique Mas in two episodes of season five.

Additionally, he was known to have voiced several characters in the cartoon and movies “Animaniacs”, frequently playing a character called Pesto in a number of projects.

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In 1978, he appeared in “Thank God It’s Friday” alongside Donna Summer and memorable dances above cars in a parking lot.

Chick Vennera died at the age of 74 from cancer.  (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives / Getty Images)
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Chick Vennera died at the age of 74 from cancer. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives / Getty Images)

Vennera was born Francis Vennera in Herkimer, New York, reports Deadline, and moved to California after high school. He studied at the famous Pasadena Playhouse before briefly joining the military.

The outlet reports that the star performed at nightclubs on her return to the West Coast and sang and danced on the Disney on Parade tour.

Outside of Hollywood, he also starred in a touring Broadway production of “Grease” as Doody.

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His credits began in 1975 with appearances in “Lucas Tanner”, “Baretta” and “The Blue Knight” just a few years before starring in “Thank God It’s Friday” as a disco fan like Marv Gomez.

“Dancing!” he said after falling from the roof of a car during the film’s memorable dance scene. “Everything else is bullshit–!”

Additional TV credits for Vennera included appearances on top shows like “Night Court”, “Mad About You”, “JAG” and a number of “Batman” animated projects.

Chick Vennera in 'Golden Girls.'  (Photo by Walt Disney Television via Getty Images Photo Archives / Walt Disney Television via Getty Images)

Chick Vennera in ‘Golden Girls.’ (Photo by Walt Disney Television via Getty Images Photo Archives / Walt Disney Television via Getty Images)

The actor has also appeared in a number of famous films, including “Milagro Beanfield War” and “Yanks”.

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His last credit, according to IMDb, was a 2009 video game called “Bayonetta”.

Additionally, Vennera is responsible for founding the Renegade Theater and Film Group in Los Angeles, where he also taught.

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The actor is survived by his daughter Victoria and his wife Suzanne.

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