Art Metrano
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Publicity Photo of Art Metrano
Arthur Metrano

(1936-09-22)September 22, 1936
DiedSeptember 8, 2021(2021-09-08) (aged 84)
OccupationActor, comedian
Years active1961–2008

Arthur Metrano (September 22, 1936 – September 8, 2021) was an American actor and comedian. He was noted for his role as Lt./Capt./Cmdt. Mauser in Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment and Police Academy 3: Back in Training.


Metrano's film debut was as a truck driver in the 1961 Cold War thriller Rocket Attack U.S.A..[1] Among Metrano's TV appearances were a 1968 episode of Ironside,[2] a 1968 episode of Bewitched, a 1976 episode of The Practice, and The Streets of San Francisco.[3] In 1977, he was a regular in the cast of the short-lived CBS situation comedy Loves Me, Loves Me Not.[4] He also frequently appeared on talk and variety shows in the early 1970s, especially The Tonight Show, as a "magician" performing absurd tricks, such as making his fingers "jump" from one hand to another, while constantly humming an inane theme song – "Fine and Dandy", an early 1930s composition by Kay Swift.[5] His best-known role came in 1985 as Lt./Capt./Cmdt. Mauser in Police Academy 2. He reprised the role in its sequel Police Academy 3 a year later.[1]

After injuring his spine in 1989, Metrano's on-screen appearances became limited during his rehabilitation. He did, however, return to television a year later and continued making guest appearances and small roles until retiring from acting in 2001.[6][7] Between 1993 and 2001, Metrano infrequently toured a one-man show titled "Jews Don't Belong on Ladders...An Accidental Comedy", which has raised more than $75,000 for Project Support for Spinal Cord Injury, to help buy crutches, wheelchairs, and supplies for disabled people.[8] After a final limited set of shows in 2008, Metrano retired.[9][10]

In December 2007, Metrano sued Seth MacFarlane, the producers and studio behind the television show Family Guy, asserting copyright infringement, and asking for damages of over two million dollars. The suit pertained to a "cutaway" segment from the 2005 animated movie Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story, where Stewie alludes to the miracles of Jesus Christ being "exaggerated a bit." The cutaway shows Jesus performing to a group of awed onlookers while doing Metrano's act: making his fingers jump between hands while humming "Fine and Dandy".[11][12] The case was settled out of court in 2010 with undisclosed terms.[13][14]

Personal life

Originally from Brooklyn, New York City, Metrano lived in Aventura, Florida, with his second wife Jamie Golder.[15] He had four children. He was born to a Turkish Jewish father and a Greek Jewish mother.[16] Following his retirement from acting, Metrano owned a yogurt shop.[17]

In September 1989, Metrano broke his neck and seriously injured his spinal cord after falling off a ladder while working on his house. Initially a quadriplegic,[18][19] he later regained the use of his arms and legs, and was able to walk short distances with the help of crutches, although he regularly used a motorized wheelchair.[20][17]


Metrano died of natural causes on September 8, 2021, at his home in Aventura, Florida at the age of 84.[1][5]



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  4. ^ Leszczak, Bob (November 8, 2012). Single Season Sitcoms, 1948–1979: A Complete Guide. McFarland. p. 110. ISBN 9780786493050.
  5. ^ a b Barnes, Mike (September 9, 2021). "Art Metrano, Stand-Up Comic and 'Police Academy' Actor, Dies at 84". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved September 11, 2021.
  6. ^ Lowry, Brian (July 12, 2000). "Comedy With Courage". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved September 11, 2021.
  7. ^ Lowry, Brian (February 2, 2001). "Welcome Reunion as Metrano Perseveres After Accident". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved September 11, 2021.
  8. ^ "Art Metrano – Biography". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved September 11, 2021.
  9. ^ "To Do Today". Sun-Sentinel. Fort Lauderdale, Florida. August 22, 2008. Retrieved September 11, 2021.
  10. ^ Dolen, Christine (August 21, 2008). "Seated in a wheelchair, an actor inspires". Miami Herald. Retrieved September 11, 2021.
  11. ^ Arthur Metrano, vs. Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, Seth MacFarlane, Steve Callaghan and Alex Borstein, United States District Court, Central District of California December 5, 2007
  12. ^ "Magician Claims "Family Guy" Stole His Act". Archived from the original on May 11, 2008. Retrieved June 12, 2008.
  13. ^ "SEPARATING THE SHEEP FROM THE GOATS: CELEBRITY SATIRE AS FAIR USE" (PDF). p. 802. Archived from the original (PDF) on February 1, 2018.
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  15. ^ Toyin Owoseje. "Art Metrano, star of 'Police Academy' films, dead at 84". CNN. Retrieved September 15, 2021.
  16. ^ "Accidental Comedy's Deliberately Hilarious".
  17. ^ a b WLRN Interview on YouTube
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  20. ^ Variety, 2000
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  22. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Art Metrano". British Film Institute. Retrieved September 11, 2021.
  23. ^ a b c d e f "Art Metrano — Filmography". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved September 11, 2021.
  24. ^ Anklewicz, Larry (2000). Guide to Jewish Films on Video. KTAV Publishing House, Inc. ISBN 9780881256055.
  25. ^ "Tiger — Frühling in Wien". Austrian Film Commission. Retrieved September 11, 2021.