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John Ratzenberger

John Ratzenberger

Born in Connecticut, John Ratzenberger spent most of his early adulthood in England and Europe. After a brief stint as assistant to a London tree surgeon, Ratzenberger helped organize the English improvisational troupe "Sal's Meat Market" in 1971. He made his first screen appearances in such British-based productions as The Ritz (1976), A Bridge Too Far (1977), Superman (1978), The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and Gandhi (1982). In 1982, Ratzenberger read for the part of post-office employee Norm on the upcoming American TV sitcom Cheers. Sensing that he hadn't won the role (which was true), Ratzenberger asked if the cast of Cheers included the character of "a bar know-it-all." Suddenly he launched into an impromptu ten-minute monologue, posing as an endlessly chattering repository of useless information. Then and there, the character of Cliff Clavin was born--a character Ratzenberger played for the next ten years. A man of many talents, Ratzenberger directed several Cheers episodes, and also co-wrote two British television plays Friends in Space (1978) and Scalped (1979). Tirelessly active in the pro-ecology movement, John Ratzenberger was owner and operator of Eco-Pak, a conservation-conscious packaging firm. Since the demise of Cheers, the actor has resurrected Cliff Clavin in the form of an advertising pitchman and has appeared in many commercials. He has also found success doing voice overs for advertising and voicework in films such as Toy Story (1995) and Dog's Best Friend (1997). Ratzenberger also continues to make occasional guest appearances on television series such as Caroline in the City (NBC, 1995-?). ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide


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When was John Ratzenberger born?
John Ratzenberger was born on April 6, 1947

What role did John Ratzenberger play in The Village Barbershop?
John Ratzenberger played Arthur Leroldi in The Village Barbershop

Who did John Ratzenberger play in Cheers: Season 11?
John Ratzenberger was Cliff Clavin in Cheers: Season 11

What role did John Ratzenberger portray in Cheers: Season 10?
John Ratzenberger played Cliff Clavin in Cheers: Season 10

Who did John Ratzenberger play in Cheers: Season 09?
John Ratzenberger was Cliff Clavin in Cheers: Season 09

Who did John Ratzenberger portray in Cheers: Season 08?
John Ratzenberger was Cliff Clavin in Cheers: Season 08

Who did John Ratzenberger play in Cheers: Season 07?
John Ratzenberger was Cliff Clavin in Cheers: Season 07

What role did John Ratzenberger portray in Cheers: Season 06?
John Ratzenberger played Cliff Clavin in Cheers: Season 06

Who did John Ratzenberger play in Cheers: Season 05?
John Ratzenberger was Cliff Clavin in Cheers: Season 05

Who did John Ratzenberger portray in Cheers: Season 04?
John Ratzenberger was Cliff Clavin in Cheers: Season 04

What role did John Ratzenberger portray in House 2: The Second Story?
John Ratzenberger played Bill Towner in House 2: The Second Story

Who did John Ratzenberger portray in Cheers: Season 03?
John Ratzenberger was Cliff Clavin in Cheers: Season 03

What role did John Ratzenberger play in Cheers: Season 02?
John Ratzenberger played Cliff Clavin in Cheers: Season 02

Who did John Ratzenberger portray in Cheers: Season 01?
John Ratzenberger was Cliff Clavin in Cheers: Season 01

What role did John Ratzenberger play in The Pennsylvania Miners' Story?
John Ratzenberger played Tom Foy in The Pennsylvania Miners' Story

Who did John Ratzenberger play in WALL-E?
John Ratzenberger was John in WALL-E

What role did John Ratzenberger portray in Monsters, Inc.?
John Ratzenberger played Yeti in Monsters, Inc.

What role did John Ratzenberger play in Spirited Away?
John Ratzenberger played The Bathhouse Manager [USA Version] in Spirited Away

What role did John Ratzenberger play in Toy Story 2?
John Ratzenberger played Hamm in Toy Story 2

What role did John Ratzenberger portray in Outland?
John Ratzenberger played Tarlow in Outland

What role did John Ratzenberger play in The Bitch?
John Ratzenberger played Hal in The Bitch

Who did John Ratzenberger play in The Incredibles?
John Ratzenberger was The Underminer in The Incredibles

Who did John Ratzenberger portray in Arabian Adventure?
John Ratzenberger was Achmed in Arabian Adventure

What role did John Ratzenberger portray in Ratatouille?
John Ratzenberger played Mustafa in Ratatouille

Who did John Ratzenberger play in Cars?
John Ratzenberger was Mack in Cars

Who did John Ratzenberger play in Kickin' It Old Skool?
John Ratzenberger was Himself in Kickin' It Old Skool

Who did John Ratzenberger play in A Bug's Life?
John Ratzenberger was P.T. Flea in A Bug's Life

What role did John Ratzenberger play in The Ritz?
John Ratzenberger played Bath Patron in The Ritz

Who did John Ratzenberger play in Finding Nemo?
John Ratzenberger was Fish School in Finding Nemo

What role did John Ratzenberger play in The Empire Strikes Back?
John Ratzenberger played Maj. Derlin in The Empire Strikes Back

Who did John Ratzenberger play in Cars?
John Ratzenberger was Hamm Truck in Cars

Who did John Ratzenberger play in Cars?
John Ratzenberger was Abominable Snow Plow in Cars

Who did John Ratzenberger play in Cars?
John Ratzenberger was P.T. Flea Car in Cars

What role did John Ratzenberger portray in Ragtime?
John Ratzenberger played Fireman in Ragtime

Who did John Ratzenberger portray in Camp Cucamonga?
John Ratzenberger was Marvin Schector in Camp Cucamonga

Who did John Ratzenberger portray in That Darn Cat?
John Ratzenberger was Dusty in That Darn Cat

What role did John Ratzenberger play in Toy Story?
John Ratzenberger played Hamm in Toy Story

What role did John Ratzenberger play in Superman: The Movie?
John Ratzenberger played 1st Controller in Superman: The Movie

Who did John Ratzenberger play in Yanks?
John Ratzenberger was Corporal Cook in Yanks

Who did John Ratzenberger play in Superman II?
John Ratzenberger was Controller in Superman II

What role did John Ratzenberger portray in Hanover Street?
John Ratzenberger played Sgt. John Lucas in Hanover Street

What role did John Ratzenberger portray in Gandhi?
John Ratzenberger played American Lieutenant in Gandhi

What role did John Ratzenberger portray in Firefox?
John Ratzenberger played Chief Peck in Firefox

What role did John Ratzenberger portray in A Bridge Too Far?
John Ratzenberger played US Lieutenant in A Bridge Too Far


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