Richard Venture was born in West New York, New Jersey to Anne Cullen and Charles Venturella on November 11th, 1923. Richard and his sister Elaine grew up under the care of their mother Anne.
When Richard was a young boy he befriended a small black and white dog - this was to be the first of many canine companions he would know throughout his life. Richard liked to visit the Fort Lee, New Jersey Palisades Amusement Park and take thrilling rides on the the notorious Cyclone - a roller coaster with sharp turns perched on the cliffs overlooking the Hudson River.
Richard's Irish and Italian relatives lived close by and his Sicilian grandmother, Brigida, would give him nickles to go to see Saturday afternoon matinees with his friend Elroy. Brigida would often say to him 'When you become a man, you must go to Hollywood''. Years later, Richard would indeed follow his grandmother's advice and go to Hollywood.
In February, 1941, just a few months after his 17th birthday, Richard went to a recruitment office in New York City and enlisted in the United States Navy. Richard served during the second World War on aircraft carriers in the South Pacific ; the USS Cabot, the USS Monterey and the USS Enterprise. He was an Apprentice Seaman at the time of his honorable discharge in August, 1945.
Richard was eternally thankful to the US Navy for having taught him the importance of discipline and esprit de corps.
VENTURE, Richard (Richard Charles Venturella)
Born: 11/12/1923, West New York, New Jersey, U.S.A.
Died: 12/19/2017, U.S.A.
Richard Venture’s western actor:
The Adventures of Brisco County Jr. (TV) - 1993 (Mark Brackman)