Chick Vennera, an actor and voiceover artist identified for a lot of roles together with the film Thank God It is Friday and the animated collection Animaniacs, has handed away. The veteran performer reportedly died on Wednesday at his house in Burbank, California, following a battle with most cancers. The dying of Chick Vennera was additionally confirmed by his daughter, Nicky Vennera. He was 74 years outdated.
Born on March 27, 1947, Vennera set his sights on an appearing profession following a stint within the US Military Sign Corps. First hitting the stage, the aspiring actor landed a significant position within the Broadway manufacturing of Grease, spending a 12 months with the present. His abilities would later land him a job within the 1978 film Thank God It’s Friday which featured a memorable scene of Vennera performing a dance routine on prime of vehicles. He’d later seem in films like Yanks, Excessive Danger, McBain, and Time Below Hearth.
Vennera additionally appeared in a number of episodes of the basic comedy collection The Golden Ladies. This consists of taking part in the position of Child Pepe, a Cuban prizefighter with a hidden expertise as a violinist that the women briefly handle. He additionally performed the recurring position of Rose’s boss, shopper reporter Enrique Mas, in a pair of episodes within the fifth season. Vennera had beforehand had a job within the late ’70s crime drama collection Vega$ as properly and later appeared in Diff’hire Strokes and JAG.
The actor can also be identified for his voiceover work. He supplied the voice of Pesto within the animated collection Animaniacs, a job he additionally voiced within the 1999 film adaptation Wakko’s Want, in addition to the Godpigeon. He additionally voiced Lorenzo in The Actual Adventures of Jonny Quest and Ferrett within the animated DC superhero collection Static Shock. The actor’s different voice work consists of roles on The Jetsons, Foofur, Batman: The Animated Collection, and the online game Bayonetta. Vennera additionally typically labored as a voice double for Joe Pesci.
Twitter is now in mourning over the news, an Animaniacs podcast referred to as The Animanicast posted a tweet that reads: “Unhappy news to share. We have simply heard that Chick Vennera has handed away. He was Pesto and the Godpigeon on Animaniacs, was in lots of dwell motion productions and was an appearing instructor. We met Chick on our Goodfeathers Reunion and he was AMAZING. RIP Chick and thanks.”
One other Animaniacs fan added: “Relaxation in Peace to Chick Vennera. The Goodfeathers was one of many first Animaniacs skits I received into; so Chick’s performances as Pesto and Godpigeon have been all the time welcome to listen to on TV after a protracted time out. My coronary heart goes out to Chick’s family and friends on this tough time.”
And one other saddened fan of the hit animated series mentioned, “This was unhappy to learn. In a collection full of wonderful voice performances, Chick Vennera’s work as Pesto & the Godpigeon on Animaniacs have been some that made me chortle probably the most.”