Television star Francis “Chick” Vennera, 74, reportedly passed away at his home in Burbank, California on Friday, according to The Daily Caller.
The Daily Caller cited a representative for the family who did not offer an official cause of death for the actor.
The legend of the small and silver screens was known for his roles in the hit NBC series “Golden Girls” in the 90s and earlier movie appearances, such as the 1978 hit “Thank God It’s Friday.”
Vennera was in the business for almost 40 years but entered show biz after serving in the US Army Signal Corps and among his other talents was a musician, playing several instruments
During his illustrious career Vennera appeared in a number of classic TV shows as “Vega$,” “T.J. Hooker,” “Diff’rent Strokes” and “Night Court” between 1978-81.
The actor was also prolific in film in projects such as “Yanks” in 1979 and later when he got the opportunity to work with Robert Redford in “Milagro Beanfield War” in 1988.
As if those weren’t accomplishments enough, Vennera also did voice work for shows such as “Animaniacs” and “Batman Beyond” and was in a Broadway production of “Grease.”
Vennera also toured with the musical “Grease” for a year which familiarized the industry with his dance chops that later appeared in the 1978 film “Thank God It’s Friday” where he performed a dance routine on top of several cars.
According to IMDB, Chick was also a prolific teacher, having taught for over a decade at the esteemed Beverly Hills Playhouse before starting his own school, The Renegade Theatre Group, in June 2009.
Chick is survived by his daughter, Nicky Vennera, and his wife, Suzanne Vennera.