March 27, 1947 |
Herkimer, New York, U.S.
Vennera was born in Herkimer, New York on March 27, 1947.
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 the now-famous 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.
|1978||Thank God It's Friday||Marv Gomez|
|1988||The Milagro Beanfield War||Joe Mondragon|
|1999||Wakko's Wish||Pesto Goodfeather||Voice|
|1985-1987||The Jetsons||Additional voices|
|1989||The Golden Girls||Pepe/Enrique||3 episodes|
|1996-1997||The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest||Lorenzo||Voice|
|1998||JAG||Benny Turpin||2 episodes|
Vennera spent time in the U.S. Army signal corps, where he won the Third Army Entertainment Contest. He also spent time as a musician, playing in various nightclubs in Los Angeles.