Vennera, born Francis Vennera in New York, played Enrique’s recurring role in “The Golden Girls” and also expressed characters for “Animaniacs and Batman Beyond”.
After serving in the Army, Vennera lived in Los Angeles, where he performed at nightclubs and started a prolific television career with roles in the 1978-81 Robert Urich series “Vega $”, “TJ Hooker”, “Diff’rent Strokes” and “Night Court.”
He worked in several films, including “Yanks,” appeared alongside Richard Gere and Robert Redford’s “Milagro Beanfield War.”
He played both a boxer and a reporter named Enrique Mas in “The Golden Girls”.
Vennera also founded and taught in Los Angeles’ Renegade Theater and Film Group.
He is survived by his daughter Nicky Vennera and his wife Suzanne Vennera.