Tino Insana

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Tino Insana
Birth nameSilvio Peter Insana
Born(1948-02-15)February 15, 1948
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
DiedMay 31, 2017(2017-05-31) (aged 69)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Medium Film, television, voice-over
Years active19712016
Dana Moller
(m. 1975)
Notable works and roles Three Amigos , Barnyard , Neighbors , Bubble Guppies [1]

Silvio Peter "Tino" Insana (February 15, 1948 – May 31, 2017) was an American actor, producer, writer, and comedian.


Life and career

Insana was born in Chicago, Illinois on February 15, 1948, the son of Silvio A. Insana, a musician, and Hiloray (Swanson). In 1971, Insana co-founded a local comedy troupe known as the West Compass Trio, along with Steve Beshekas and John Belushi. The group performed regularly in universities around the midwest until Belushi and Insana were hired by The Second City in Chicago. Insana left Second City in 1975 to form his own comedy troupe with fellow alums Jim Staahl and Jim Fisher, The Graduates. The trio made numerous appearances on television and campuses, as well as in clubs and at corporate presentations across the country. [2] In 1977 Insana made his film debut in Rowby Goren and Chick Staley's comedy Crackin' Up. In the 1980s, Insana wrote two episodes for Police Squad! and an episode of Sledge Hammer! ; he also served as story editor on both series. Insana then wrote, produced, and acted in Wedding Band and Masters of Menace .

Insana also made brief acting appearances in such films as Neighbors , Three Amigos , Who's Harry Crumb? , The Couch Trip , Oscar , and Beverly Hills Cop III . He also made guest appearances on situation comedy series such as Night Court and Mad About You .

Insana's voice has been featured in many animated television series, most notably Disney's Darkwing Duck as Dr. Reginald Bushroot and Bobby's World as Bobby's Uncle Ted. He also voiced Pig in Nickelodeon's animated film Barnyard and its subsequent spin-off TV series. In 2008, Insana voiced the role of Barf on Spaceballs: The Animated Series , inheriting the role from John Candy. He also did voice work in Goof Troop , Camp Candy , The Little Mermaid , Pepper Ann (as Pepper Ann's police officer uncle Jojo), House of Mouse , What-a-Mess , Bonkers , Aladdin , Jungle Cubs , Problem Child , Buzz Lightyear of Star Command , Teacher's Pet , and Tom and Jerry: The Movie .

He was the speaking voice of Mr. Grouper in Bubble Guppies .

Retirement and death

In 2016, Tino Insana retired from acting. On May 31, 2017, Insana died of cancer at the age of 69 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California. [3] [4] [5]


1977Cracking UpThe Mailman
1981 Neighbors Perry Greavy
1983Going BerserkBiker Leader
1986 Three Amigos Studio Guard
1987 Amazon Women on the Moon Mr. Sylvio(segment "Video Pirates")
1988 The Couch Trip Jail Guard #1
1988 For Keeps Capt. O'Connell
1989 Who's Harry Crumb? Smokey
1989Wedding BandHugh Bowmont
1990 Why Me? Cop #3 at Home
1990 Masters of Menace Horny Hank
1991 Oscar Tiny the IcemanUncredited
1992 Tom and Jerry: The Movie PatrolmanVoice [6]
1994 Beverly Hills Cop III Burly Cop
2006 Barnyard PigVoice [6]
1990-1998 Bobby's World Uncle TedVoice, 40 episodes
1991 Darkwing Duck Dr. Reginald Bushroot / Crosby / Costumer With DenturesVoice, 14 episodes
1992 Goof Troop Colonel CarterVoice, 1 episode
1992 The Little Mermaid BaracudaVoice, 1 episode
1993 Bonkers Stew / Scatter SquirrelVoice, 3 episodes
1994 Aladdin Prince UncouthmaVoice, 3 episodes
1997 Jungle Cubs Fat CatVoice, 1 episode
1997-2000 Pepper Ann Uncle JoJo / EarlVoice, 12 episodes [6]
2000 Buzz Lightyear of Star Command SamsaVoice, 1 episode [6]
2000 Teacher's Pet Deep-Sea Diving SuitVoice, 1 episode [6]
2001 The New Woody Woodpecker Show Santa ClausVoice, 1 episode [6]
2007-2011 Back at the Barnyard Pig / Mini-PigVoice, 47 episodes [6]
2008-2009 Spaceballs: The Animated Series BarfVoice, 12 episodes
2011-2016 Bubble Guppies Mr. GrouperVoice, 79 episodes

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