Venera, born Francis Venera in New York, played the recurring role of Enrique on “The Golden Girls” and also voiced the characters in “Animaniacs and Batman Beyond”.
After serving in the military, Venera lived in Los Angeles, where he performed in nightclubs and an illustrious television career with roles in the 1978–81 Robert Urich series “Vega$,” “TJ Hooker,” “Different Strokes” started of. and “Night Court.”
She went on to star in several films, including “Yanks” and Robert Redford’s “Milagro Beanfield War”, appearing with Richard Gere.
He played both a boxer and a reporter named Enrique Maas in “The Golden Girls”.
Venera also founded and taught Renegade Theater and Film Group in Los Angeles.
He is survived by his daughter Niki Venera and his wife Suzanne Venera.