Arthur "Art" Metrano (born September 22, 1936) is an American actor and comedian, born in Brooklyn, New York City. Metrano may be best known for his role as Lt./Capt./Cmdt. Mauser in Police Academy 2 and Police Academy 3.
September 22, 1936
Metrano's first film role was as a truck driver in the 1961 Cold War thriller Rocket Attack U.S.A.. Among Metrano's TV appearances were a 1968 episode of Ironside, a 1968 episode of Bewitched, a 1976 episode of The Practice, and The Streets of San Francisco. In 1977, he was a regular in the cast of the short-lived CBS situation comedy Loves Me, Loves Me Not. However, he is better known for his frequent appearances on talk and variety shows in the early 1970s, especially The Tonight Show, as a "magician" performing absurd tricks, such as making his fingers "jump" from one hand to another, while constantly humming an inane theme song – "Fine and Dandy", an early 1930s composition by Kay Swift. Art worked with Dick Towers, a singer and entertainer, as his straight man early in his career.
In December 2007, Metrano filed a lawsuit against Seth MacFarlane, the producers and studio behind the television show Family Guy, asserting copyright infringement, and asking for damages in excess of two million dollars. The case was settled out of court in 2010 with undisclosed terms.
Metrano seriously injured his spinal cord due to a fall at home in 1989 and temporarily became a quadriplegic. He created a one-man show titled "Jews Don't Belong on Ladders...An Accidental Comedy" which has raised more than $75,000 for Project Support for Spinal Cord Injury, to help buy crutches, wheelchairs, and supplies for disabled people.
- Rocket Attack U.S.A. (1961) - Truck Driver
- They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (1969) - Max
- Norma (1970) - Delivery Man
- Bonanza (1970) - Leroy Gaskell
- They Only Kill Their Masters (1972) - Malcolm
- The Heartbreak Kid (1972) - Entertainer
- Slaughter's Big Rip-Off (1973) - Mario Burtoli
- The All-American Boy (1973) - Jay David Swooze
- The Treasure of Jamaica Reef (1974) - Waiter
- Dirty O'Neil (1974) - Lassiter
- The Strongest Man in the World (1975) - TV Color Man
- Linda Lovelace for President (1975) - The Sheik
- Brinks: The Great Robbery (1976) - Julius Mareno
- Warhead (1977) - Mario
- Matilda (1978) - Gordon Baum
- Seven (1979) - Kincella
- How to Beat the High Co$t of Living (1980) - Gas Station Attendant
- Cheaper to Keep Her (1981) - Tony Turino
- Going Ape! (1981) - Joey
- History of the World, Part I (1981) - Leonardo DaVinci (The Roman Empire)
- Breathless (1983) - Birnbaum
- Teachers (1984) - Troy
- Tiger - Frühling in Wien (1984) - Tiger
- The A-Team (1985, TV Series) - Nick Gretsch
- Malibu Express (1985) - Matthew
- Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment (1985) - Lt Mauser
- Police Academy 3: Back in Training (1986) - Capt. Mauser
- Beverly Hills Bodysnatchers (1989) - Vic
- Gummibärchen küßt man nicht (1989) - Agent 712
- Toys (1992) - Guard at Desk
- Murder in Mind (1997) - Judge
- How Stella Got Her Groove Back (1998) - Dr. Steinberg
- Good Advice (2001) - Homeless Man
- Arthur Metrano, vs. Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, Seth MacFarlane, Steve Callaghan and Alex Borstein, United States District Court, Central District of California December 5, 2007
- "Magician Claims "Family Guy" Stole His Act". Archived from the original on 11 May 2008. Retrieved 2008-06-12.
- "SEPARATING THE SHEEP FROM THE GOATS: CELEBRITY SATIRE AS FAIR USE" (PDF). p. 802. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2018-02-01.
- Burstein, Patricia (November 30, 1992). "After the Fall". People. 38 (22).
- "Overview for Art Metrano". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved 22 May 2016.