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Art Metrano Poster

Biography

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Overview (3)

Born in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA
Died in Aventura, Florida, USA  (natural causes)
Birth NameHarpo Mesistrano

Mini Bio (1)

Art Metrano was born on September 22, 1936 in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA as Harpo Mesistrano. He was an actor, known for Police Academy 3: Back in Training (1986), Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment (1985) and History of the World: Part I (1981). He was married to Rebecca Chute. He died on September 8, 2021 in Aventura, Florida, USA.

Family (1)

Spouse Rebecca Chute (28 December 1972 - ?)  (divorced)  (4 children)

Trivia (15)

Appeared frequently on variety shows in the early 1970s as a magician performing absurd tricks (such as making his fingers "jump" from one hand to another) while constantly humming his inane theme song.
Broke his neck in six places falling from a ladder while working on a house. After extensive rehabilitation, he can walk a little with difficulty, but generally uses a wheelchair.
Through his one man stage act, titled "The Accidental Comedy", he has been able to raise close to $300,000 for Project Support for Spinal Cord Injury to help buy crutches, wheelchairs and supplies for others with spinal injuries.
Best known to fans as Captain Mauser from the Police Academy movie series.
Father of Zoe Bella Metrano.
His surname at birth was Mesistrano, but was later changed by his father to Metrano.
Retired from acting until his death.
Passed away two weeks before his 85th birthday.
Owned a yogurt shop after he retired from acting.
Upon his death, he was cremated and his ashes scattered at sea.
He was a lifelong Democrat.
Worked as a comic in the Catskills and studied acting with Stella Adler and John Cassavetes.
Son of a garment manufacturer and a housewife, he grew up in the Bensonhurst section of Brooklyn.
When performing his magic act on The Tonight Show (1970), he used the moniker 'The Amazing Metrano'.
He was of Turkish Jewish and Greek Jewish descent.

Personal Quotes (2)

[on the date and time of his accident] September 17, 1989. It was Sunday before noon, around 11:30. [I remember it] vividly. It's something that will stay with me until the day I die . . .
[onn his one-man act, "Accidental Comedy"] I'm not doing the play for the money, because there is no money. The reward comes with the people who surround me after the show, who tell me about the adversity in their lives and how I have given them hope.

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