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Golden Girls star Chick Vennera has died aged 74.

The Hollywood actor, who was also known for his role in 1978's Thank God It’s Friday, has died from cancer.

His death was confirmed by daughter Nicky Vennera.

Vennera first embarked on his acting career as an actor and dancer after serving in the US Army Signal Corps, with his first acting role in a Broadway production of Greece.

He went on to star in his first major film, Thank God It's Friday, as Marv Gomez aka the Leatherman.

The actor proceeded to star in a number of films such as High Risk, McBain and Yanks.

Vennera also appeared as Pepe/Enrique for three episodes of The Golden Girls in 1989.

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