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Chick Vennera is an American actor known for his role as Joe Mondragon, in Robert Redford's The Milagro Beanfield War, among other movies.

Chick Vennera
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Vennera at the 2013 DGA Awards
Years active1975–2011


Professional careerEdit

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 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. His acting career continued throughout the 1980s and 1990s, with him appearing in many films and television series. In 1989, he appeared in three episodes of The Golden Girls.

Vennera also ventured into voice acting in the 1980s with roles on Hanna-Barbera programs. However, his most notable role is Pesto on Warner Bros. Animation/Amblin Entertainment's hit animated series Animaniacs. Vennera now teaches acting.

Selected filmographyEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1978 Thank God It's Friday Marv Gomez aka the Leatherman
1979 Yanks Danny
1981 High Risk Tony
1988 The Milagro Beanfield War Joe Mondragon
1991 McBain Roberto Santos
1999 Wakko's Wish Pesto Goodfeather Voice
Year Title Role Notes
1978-1980 Vega$ Mitch Costigian
1985-1987 The Jetsons Additional voices
1986 Foofur Sam Voice
1986 Diff'rent Strokes Spider
1989 The Golden Girls Pepe/Enrique 3 episodes
1993-1998 Animaniacs Pesto Goodfeather Voice
1996-1997 The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest Lorenzo Voice
1998 JAG Benny Turpin 2 episodes
2000 That's Life Luciano
2002-2004 Static Shock Ferrett Voice
Video games
Year Title Role Notes
2009 Bayonetta Enzo[1] Voice

Personal lifeEdit

Vennera spent time in the U.S. Army signal corps. He also spent time as a musician, playing in various nightclubs in Los Angeles.


  1. ^ "Bayonetta Developer Commentary Part 56". February 6, 2013. Archived from the original on June 16, 2013. Retrieved July 8, 2014.

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