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Art Metrano
Art Metrano
Credits
Roles Chick Cashman
Ralph Davis
Assistant Trash Collector
Bulldozer Driver #1
Man in Yard
Biographical Information
Birth Name Harpo Mesistrano
Birthdate September 22, 1936
Birthplace Brooklyn, New York, United States[1]
Death Date September 8, 2021 (age 84)
Death Place Aventura, Florida, United States

Art Metrano played five characters in the fifth and sixth seasons of Bewitched, most notably as Boyce and Hart manager, Chick Cashman (1968-1970).

Biography[]

Art Metrano was an American actor, playwright and producer. He was born in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn and graduated from Lafayette High School where he was Senior Class President and an all city/state football player. He attended College of the Pacific on a football scholarship and was awarded Junior College All-American honors in football. After college, Art returned to New York to pursue his new passion, acting. He studied with Stella Adler, John Cassavetes and Harold Clurman.

Art's comedy magic act as The Amazing Metrano brought him his break on national television in 1970 when he made the first of many appearances on The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson, followed by Laugh-in, Merv Griffin, The Tim Conway Show, Dean Martin, and The Jonathan Winters Show. His knack for comedy earned him a place in the hearts of the American public after his portrayal of the frenzied Lieutenant Mauser in the highly successful films, Police Academy 2 and 3.

Art had guest-starring roles on countless television series, including The District, starring his friend Craig T. Nelson, The Profiler, Kojak, Charlie’s Angels, All in the Family, Incredible Hulk, Ironside, Party of Five, Chicago Hope, Silk Stalkings, Hill Street Blues, L.A. Law, Nurses and Empty Nest. Art starred in his first television series The Chicago Teddy Bears, followed by Amy Prentiss and Joanie Loves Chachi.

Art co-starred in many films, including All American Boy, They Shoot Horses Don't They, History of the World-Part One, Choirboys, Teachers, Murder in the Mind and Good Advice.

A versatile stage actor, Art garnered accolades from the English press for his performance in Light up the Sky at the Globe Theatre in London. He also starred as Fatty Arbuckle in Fatty at the Tiffany Theatre in Los Angeles. His other stage credits include roles in the productions of Guys and Dolls, Deer Park, Awake and Sing, Desire Under the Elms, The Hairy Ape, Broadway Bound, and Mark Taper Forum (Los Angeles) production of The Death and Life of Jesse James. In 2000, Art was nominated for best actor in a one man show by the L.A. Weekly critics for the production of Metrano's Accidental Comedy at the Odyssey Theater in Los Angeles.

In 1989, as a result of a freak accident, Art broke his neck in six places. However his talents continued to be expressed through his ongoing work for others. He received many accolades as a result of his crusade to raise awareness about spinal cord injuries. He was the recipient of the Distinguished Rehabilitant Award given by the California Society of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Southern Branch in 1991. In 1994 he received the Santa Barbara Independent Best Actor Award for Access Theatre's production of his Twice Blessed. In 1999, the Roy Campanella Foundation honored him with a life-time achievement award. In 2000, Art was also the guest speaker for The Christopher Reeve Foundation. He appeared in Miami for Adopt-A-Stray a homeless shelter for animals. Art produced The Nile of Comedy at the Comedy Store in Hollywood to raise funds for W.Y.N.G.S. (When You Need Group Support), an organization that helps people with spinal cord injuries. He received the Benefactor's Award from W.Y.N.G.S. for his tireless efforts on their behalf and became its official spokesperson.

Art Metrano died on September 8, 2021, in Aventura, Florida. He was 84. He had four children - Roxanne (living in India as of 2020), Harry (a gold coin dealer), Zoë (an aspiring costume designer) and Howard (a headmaster of Hillel Yeshiva in New Jersey). Art was married to professional tennis player Jamie Golder.[2]


Bewitched Credits[]

References[]

  1. Art Metrano on the Internet Movie Database. Retrieved on February 21, 2020, Revised on August 14, 2021.
  2. Art Metrano on Facebook. Retrieved on March 2, 2020. Updated on January 11, 2022.
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