September 22, 1936 |
Brooklyn, New York City, U.S.
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.
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 as a regular on The Streets of San Francisco as "Sekulovich", a legman for Detective Mike Stone, played by Karl Malden, the in-joke being that Sekulovich was Malden's real surname. 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 the creator, 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 became a quadriplegic. Currently, he tours with his one-man show, "Jews Don't Belong On Ladders...An Accidental Comedy", which has raised more than $75,000 for Project Support for Spinal Cord Injury, to help buy crutches, wheelchairs, and supplies for disabled people.
- Rocket Attack U.S.A. (1961)
- They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (1969)
- Norma (1970)
- The Heartbreak Kid (1972)
- They Only Kill Their Masters (1972)
- Slaughter's Big Rip-Off (1973)
- The All-American Boy (1973)
- Dirty O'Neil (1974)
- The Treasure of Jamaica Reef (1975)
- The Strongest Man in the World (1975)
- Warhead (1977)
- How to Beat the High Co$t of Living (1980)
- Going Ape! (1981)
- Breathless (1983)
- Teachers (1984)
- Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment (1985)
- Police Academy 3: Back in Training (1986)
- Toys (1992)
- How Stella Got Her Groove Back (1998)
- 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". p. 802.
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- Pfefferman, Naomi. "Shining Solo Turns" at the Wayback Machine (archived May 16, 2006), The Jewish Journal, 7 April 2000 (at archive.org)