Francis “Chick” Vennera was an American actor who died on July 7, 2021. He is  known for his role as Joe Mondragon, in Robert Redford’s The Milagro Beanfield War. After serving in the US Army Signal Corps, Vennera embarked on a career as an actor and dancer. He was also a musician, playing several instruments. His first acting role of note was in the Broadway production of Grease, having toured with the musical for a year. He continued working as a performer and appeared in the 1978 film Thank God It’s Friday where he performed a dance routine on top of several cars.

Vannera was survived by his wife Suzanne E. Messbauer and his two children

Cause of death

Chick Vennera, who was known for his roles in “The Golden Girls” and ‘Thank God It’s Friday’ died Wednesday at his home in Burbank, California, after a battle with lung cancer. He was 74.

His daughter, Nicky Vennera, confirmed the heartbreaking news.

Chick Vannera Profile Summary

Full Name Francis “Chick” Vennera
Date of Birth March 27, 1947,
Occupation Actor
Marital Status Married, Suzanne E. Messbauer
No. of Children 2
Date of Death  July 7, 2021
Age of Death 74
Cause of Death Lung Cancer


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