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Actor Chick Vennera, native of Herkimer, dies at 74

Actor Chick Vennera, a native of Herkimer, has died at the age of 74 from lung cancer.

Posted: Jul 9, 2021 2:01 PM
Updated: Jul 9, 2021 2:28 PM

Chick Vennera, who starred in "The Golden Girls" and the 1978 comedy "Thank God It's Friday," has died at his home in Burbank, CA., a representative for the actor told CNN. He was 74.

Vennera, born in Herkimer, played the recurring role of Enrique on "The Golden Girls," and also voiced characters for "Animaniacs and Batman Beyond."

After serving in the Army, Vennera lived in Los Angeles, where he performed in nightclubs and kicked off a prolific television career with roles on the 1978-81 Robert Urich series "Vega$," "T.J. Hooker," "Diff'rent Strokes" and "Night Court."

He worked in numerous films, including "Yanks," appearing alongside Richard Gere, and Robert Redford's "Milagro Beanfield War.

He played played both a boxer and a reporter named Enrique Mas in "The Golden Girls."

Vennera also founded and taught at Los Angeles' Renegade Theatre and Film Group.

He is survived by his daughter, Nicky Vennera, and his wife Suzanne Vennera.

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