Thursday, August 20, 2009


From Wikipedia...

Arthur "Art" Metrano (born September 22, 1936) is an American actor and comedian of Greek-Turkish-Jewish-Sephardic ancestry. He was born in Brooklyn, New York. Metrano may be best known for his role as Capt. Mauser in Police Academy 2 and Police Academy 3. He left the series due to a fall at home that seriously injured his spinal cord and left him disabled.

Among Metrano's TV guest appearances was a 1968 episode of Ironside. However, he is more known for his frequent appearances on The Tonight Show in the early 1970s as a "magician" performing absurd tricks (such as making his fingers "jump" from one hand to another) while constantly humming an inane theme song (named "Fine and Dandy", an early 1930s composition by Kay Swift). This bit was parodied in an episode of the cartoon show Family Guy entitled Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story. In December 2007, Metrano filed a lawsuit accusing the show of copyright infringement, and claiming damages in excess of two million US dollars.[1]

Currently, he tours with his one-man show, "Jews Don't Belong On Ladders...An Accidental Comedy", which has raised more than $175,000 for Project Support for Spinal Cord Injury to help buy crutches, wheelchairs, and supplies.

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