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John Ratzenberger

Birth name John Deszo Ratzenberger
Born April 6, 1947 (1947-04-06) (age 60)
Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA Flag of United States
Other name(s) Ratz, J-Rat

John Deszo Ratzenberger (born April 6, 1947) is an American actor. Ratzenberger is perhaps best known for his role as "Clifford C. 'Cliff' Clavin, Jr." in the Cheers (1982) TV series. Image File history File links Size of this preview: 514 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (666 × 777 pixel, file size: 78 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): John Ratzenberger User:Peregrine Fisher/Contributions... April 6 is the 96th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (97th in leap years). ... 1947 (MCMXLVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1947 calendar). ... Nickname: Location in Connecticut Coordinates: NECTA Bridgeport-Stamford Region Greater Bridgeport Incorporated (town) 1821 Incorporated (city) 1836 Government type Mayor-council  - Mayor John M. Fabrizi Area    - City 50. ... It has been suggested that this article be split into multiple articles. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... April 6 is the 96th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (97th in leap years). ... 1947 (MCMXLVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1947 calendar). ... Actors in period costume sharing a joke while waiting between takes during location filming An actor or actress is a person who acts, or plays a role, in a dramatic production. ... Clifford C. Clavin, Jr. ... Cheers was an American situation comedy produced by Charles-Burrows-Charles Productions in association with Paramount Television for NBC. Cheers was created by the team of James Burrows, Glen Charles, and Les Charles. ... 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

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Life and career

Ratzenberger was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut to Deszo Alexander Ratzenberger, a German-American, and Bertha Grohowski, a Polish-American. He was raised as a Roman Catholic and attended St. Ann's School in Bridgeport, Connecticut and Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut. Ratzenberger has a great love of music, especially the drums, which he can be seen playing in the show he hosts and produces, John Ratzenberger's Made in America. Nickname: Location in Connecticut Coordinates: NECTA Bridgeport-Stamford Region Greater Bridgeport Incorporated (town) 1821 Incorporated (city) 1836 Government type Mayor-council  - Mayor John M. Fabrizi Area    - City 50. ... It has been suggested that this article be split into multiple articles. ... German Americans are citizens of the United States of German cultural or linguistic ancestry. ... Kazimierz PuÅ‚aski monument in Washington. ... The Roman Catholic Church, most often spoken of simply as the Catholic Church, is the largest Christian church, with over one billion members. ...


His acting credits include 47 productions and an additional 22 notable television appearances. His first role was a Patron in The Ritz (1976), before appearing in minor roles in movies including Firefox; A Bridge Too Far; Superman: The Movie as a missile controller; Superman II as the NASA control man; Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980) as "Major Bren Derlin"; Gandhi (1982) as an American Lieutenant; and House II: The Second Story (1987) as Bill Towner. 1976 (MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday. ... Firefox is a 1982 Warner Brothers film with Clint Eastwood as director, producer and star. ... A Bridge Too Far is a 1977 film based on the 1974 book of the same name. ... Christopher Reeve as the Man of Steel, Superman Superman, also known as Superman: The Movie, is a 1978 Warner Bros. ... Superman II is the 1980 sequel to the 1978 feature film Superman. ... Movie poster Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back is the sequel to the first released Star Wars movie, and the second film released in the original trilogy. ... 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday. ... This is a list of minor characters in the fictional Star Wars universe who are part of the Rebel Alliance. ... Gandhi (1982) is a multi-award-winning biopic film about the life of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (often known as Mahatma Gandhi), who was leader of the nonviolent resistance movement against British colonial rule in India during the first half of the 20th century. ... 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Cheers

Ratzenberger is best known for playing mail carrier Clifford Clavin on Cheers. Ratzenberger had read for the part of Norm Peterson, but was rejected. Sensing an opportunity, he asked if they had written a bar know-it-all, which the producers decided was a great idea. Cliff became known for his outlandish stories of plausible half-truths, irrelevant trivia, and ignorant misinformation, and Cliff and Norm, the primary customer characters, became iconic bar buddies. Though Ratzenberger enjoyed his time on Cheers, he was critical of the series' spin-off, Frasier, which he described as a "snob" show that lacked the working-class appeal of Cheers. While several Cheers cast members made guest appearances on Frasier, Ratzenberger did not appear until a special Cheers reunion episode of Frasier. Clifford C. Clavin, Jr. ... Cheers was an American situation comedy produced by Charles-Burrows-Charles Productions in association with Paramount Television for NBC. Cheers was created by the team of James Burrows, Glen Charles, and Les Charles. ... Hillary Norman Norm Peterson was a character on the American television show Cheers, portrayed by George Wendt. ... Misinformation is information that is incorrect, but not because of a deliberate attempt to mislead. ... A spin-off (or spinoff) is a new organization or entity formed by a split from a larger one such as a new company formed from a university research group. ... Frasier is a popular American situation comedy television series that starred Kelsey Grammer. ...


When Paramount Television licensed the look of the Cheers bar to another company for use in airports, the group also created animatronic barflies. They were called "Hank" and "Bob," but bore an obvious resemblance to Cliff and Norm. Ratzenberger and George Wendt sued Paramount and the bar owners for using their likenesses without permission, and the case languished in court for eight years before all sides settled in 2001. [2] The Paramount Domestic Television logo used from 2002-2006 with 90th Anniversary used throughout 2002 (when Paramount Pictures celebrated its 90th Anniversary) Paramount Television (re-incorporated from Desilu Productions) was an American television production/distribution company that was active from 1967 to 2006 and was launched under Gulf+Western. ... Animatronic is the third album from Norweigan black metal band, The Kovenant, and was released in 1999 through Nuclear Blast. ... George Robert Wendt (born October 17, 1948) is an American actor best known for the role of Norm Peterson on the television show Cheers. ...


Pixar

All of Pixar Animation's feature films include Ratzenberger, who has become something of a "good luck charm" to the studio (and, according to Andrew Stanton, Pixar actually has a rule stating that Ratzenberger must be in all Pixar films). John has appeared in the following Pixar films: It has been suggested that Dinoco be merged into this article or section. ... Andrew Stanton (born January 13, 1958) is an American animated films director, screenwriter, as well as a voice actor. ...

He also voiced the bathhouse's assistant manager in the English dub of Spirited Away, overseen by Pixar's John Lasseter. He has become such a stable part of the company that he plays on its softball team. It seemed that luck had come to him when he worked on Irvin Kershner's The Empire Strikes Back as Bren Derlin which George Lucas supervised. Coincidentally, George Lucas would later help start Pixar four years after the release of Return of the Jedi. Ratzenberger had the chance to make fun of his tenure at Pixar during the end credits of Cars, where his character, Mack, watching car-themed versions of Pixar movies ("Toy Car Story", "Monster Trucks, Inc.", and "A Bug's Life" (as in VW Bugs)), notes that all the characters Ratzenberger has played were excellent, until he realizes that they're the same actor, at which point he asks "what kind of a cheap cut-rate production is this?" This is a list of characters from the Disney/Pixar films, Toy Story, Toy Story 2. ... Toy Story is an Academy-award-winning CGI animated feature film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures and Buena Vista Distribution in the United States on November 22, 1995, and Australia on December 7, 1995, as well as in the United Kingdom on 22 March... 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... A Bugs Life is a computer animated film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures and Buena Vista Distribution in the United States on November 14, 1998, and in the United Kingdom on 5 February 1999. ... 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean [1]. // Coated in ice, power and telephone lines sag and often break, resulting in power outages. ... Monsters, Inc. ... 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Finding Nemo is an Academy Award-winning computer-animated film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released to theaters by Walt Disney Pictures and Buena Vista Distribution. ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Please wikify (format) this article or section as suggested in the Guide to layout and the Manual of Style. ... The Incredibles is a 2004 Academy Award-winning animated feature film produced by Pixar Animation Studios for Walt Disney Pictures, centering around a family of superheroes. ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Mack is a fictional anthropomorphic 1980s Mack Superliner truck from the Pixar animated feature film Cars. ... Cars is an Academy Award, BAFTA, and Saturn -nominated, Golden Globe-winning animated feature film produced by Pixar Animation Studios, presented by Walt Disney Pictures, and distributed by Buena Vista Pictures Distribution. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... Ratatouille is the eighth animated feature film produced by Pixar. ... 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the Anno Domini era. ... In filmmaking, dubbing or looping is the process of recording or replacing voices for a motion picture. ... Spirited Away, originally known in Japan as Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi ), is an Academy Award winning 2001 film by the Japanese anime studio Studio Ghibli, written and directed by famed animator Hayao Miyazaki. ... Irvin Kershner (born April 29, 1923) is an American film director born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. ... Movie poster Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back is the sequel to the first released Star Wars movie, and the second film released in the original trilogy. ... This is a list of minor characters in the fictional Star Wars universe who are part of the Rebel Alliance. ... George Walton Lucas, Jr. ... George Walton Lucas, Jr. ... Movie poster Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, is a science fiction film that debuted in 1983, and re-released with changes in 1997 and 2004. ... This article is about the original Volkswagen Beetle. ...


John Ratzenberger once indicated he would not reprise the role of Hamm for the proposed movie Toy Story 3 on the grounds that Pixar would not have been involved.[citation needed] However, in February 2006 Pixar took over production following its purchase by Disney, which held exclusive rights to make additional "Toy Story" sequels. It is unknown if this will affect his decision. It is presumable that he will indeed be cast, as Tom Hanks and Tim Allen had previously adopted this stance, but have since been confirmed as part of the cast since Pixar took over production.[1] Toy Story 3 is the tenth computer-animated film produced by Pixar Animation Studios, slated for release in 2010. ... It has been suggested that Dinoco be merged into this article or section. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... Thomas Tom Jeffrey Hanks (born July 9, 1956) is a two-time Academy Award-winning American film actor, Emmy winning director, voice-over artist and movie producer who starred in family-friendly and screwball comedies before achieving notable success as a dramatic actor in Philadelphia and Forrest Gump. ... Tim Allen (born Timothy Allen Dick on June 13, 1953) is a Golden Globe-winning American comedian, character actor, voice-over artist, and entertainer perhaps best known for his role in the sitcom Home Improvement and his roles in Disney films, such as The Santa Clause and Toy Story. ...


On April 23, 2007 the Dancing With The Stars show revealed that John Ratzenberger, who has voiced a character in every Pixar movie to date, will lend his voice to a "French Waiter" in Pixar’s upcoming Ratatouille (2007). April 23 is the 113th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (114th in leap years). ... 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the Anno Domini era. ... Countries with their own version Dancing with the Stars is the name for a number of international television series based on the format of the British series Strictly Come Dancing. ... It has been suggested that Dinoco be merged into this article or section. ... It has been suggested that Dinoco be merged into this article or section. ... Ratatouille is the eighth animated feature film produced by Pixar. ... 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the Anno Domini era. ...


Other TV and voice work

Ratzenberger hosts the Travel Channel TV series about things made in the USA called John Ratzenberger's Made in America (2003-present). The Travel Channel is a cable television network that features documentaries and how-to shows related to travel and leisure around the United States and throughout the world. ... This show is hosted by John Ratzenberger. ... 2003 is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar, and also: The International Year of Freshwater The European Disability Year Events January events January 1 Luíz Inácio Lula Da Silva becomes the 37th President of Brazil. ...


Ratzenberger also hosts the Wildcard section in Atari's PC game based on the popular board game, Trivial Pursuit. This article is about a corporate game company. ... Trivial Pursuit is a board game where progress is determined by a players ability to answer general knowledge or popular culture questions. ...


Additionally, Ratzenberger appeared on television commercials promoting the Pitney Bowes personal post office. His sign off tag line is "Hey, I look good in red!" Pitney Bowes (NYSE: PBI), the worlds biggest maker of postal meters and mailing equipment and provider of mailing and delivery software and services to companies, is ranked 394th in the 2006 Fortune 500, with $5. ...


In the first season of fellow sitcom veteran John Ritter's sitcom 8 Simple Rules, Ratzenberger guest-starred in four episodes. He played Fred Doyle, Ritter's character's pesky and annoying neighbor. For the "Doyle Wedding" episode, ex-Cheers co-star Shelley Long played Fred's wife Mary Ellen. For his other two appearances Laverne and Shirley's Cindy Williams played Mary Ellen. Ratzenberger's last appearance on 8 Simple Rules was on the first segment of the "Goodbye" episode following Ritter's death from an aortic dissection in 2003. A sitcom or situation comedy is a genre of comedy performance originally devised for radio but today typically found on television. ... John Southworth Ritter (September 17, 1948 – September 11, 2003) was an American actor best known for his role of Jack Tripper in the sitcom Threes Company. ... 8 Simple Rules (originally known as 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter) was an American television sitcom that aired on ABC, starring television veterans John Ritter and Katey Sagal. ... Cheers was an American situation comedy produced by Charles-Burrows-Charles Productions in association with Paramount Television for NBC. Cheers was created by the team of James Burrows, Glen Charles, and Les Charles. ... Shelley Lee Long, born on August 23, 1949 in Fort Wayne, Indiana, United States is a Golden Globe and Emmy Award winning American actress and comedienne. ... Laverne & Shirley was a popular American television situation comedy which ran on ABC from 1976 to 1983. ... Cindy Williams (born August 22, 1947) is an American actress // Born Cynthia Jane Williams in Van Nuys, California to John and Lillie Williams. ... 8 Simple Rules (originally known as 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter) was an American television sitcom that aired on ABC, starring television veterans John Ritter and Katey Sagal. ... Aortic dissection is a tear in the wall of the aorta (the largest artery of the body). ...


On the short-lived Nickelodeon show Yakkity Yak, he played Keo the Pineapple's father. This article is about the TV channel. ... This article or section is not written in the formal tone expected of an encyclopedia article. ...


John also appeared on That 70's Show as Glen, a sad man stuck in an awful marriage with his high school sweetheart whose negative example gives Eric second thoughts about marrying Donna. That 70s Show logo That 70s Show is a Fox Network television sitcom centered around the lives of a group of teenagers living in the fictional suburb of Point Place, near Green Bay, during the late 1970s. ...


Ratzenberger has co-authored a book, We've Got it Made in America: A Common Man's Salute to an Uncommon Country (ISBN 1-931722-84-6). Ratzenberger co-founded the Nuts, Bolts and Thingamajigs Foundation[3], dedicated to raising awareness of skilled trades and engineering disciplines among young people.


Dancing with the Stars

On March 2, 2007, the ABC television network announced that Ratzenberger would be a participant in its Spring 2007 Dancing with the Stars reality show.[2] He is partnered with professional ballroom dancer Edyta Sliwinska. On May 1, 2007, Ratzenberger was eliminated fom the show. March 2 is the 61st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (62nd in leap years). ... 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the Anno Domini era. ... The American Broadcasting Company ( oftenly known as ABC) operates television and radio networks in the United States and is also shown on basic cable in Canada. ... A television network is a distribution network for television content whereby a central operation provides programming for many television stations. ... For the current season, see Dancing with the Stars (US season 4). ... Reality television is a genre of television programming in which the fortunes of real life people (as opposed to fictional characters played by actors) are followed. ... This article is being considered for deletion in accordance with Wikipedias deletion policy. ... May 1 is the 121st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (122nd in leap years). ... 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the Anno Domini era. ...


Trivia

In the 1982 film Gandhi, in which Ratzenberger played the military chauffeur for photographer Margaret Bourke-White, Ratzenberger's voice was dubbed over by a studio actor; director Richard Attenborough was said to find Ratzenberger's voice "grating". Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (October 2, 1869 – January 30, 1948) (Devanagari: मोहनदास करमचन्द गांधी, Gujarati મોહનદાસ કરમચંદ ગાંધી), called... A chauffeur in Japan A driver in Kerala A chauffeur is one who drives an automobile as a job. ... Margaret Bourke-White (1904-1971) USPS stamp depicting LIFE magazine cover bearing Fort Peck Dam photograph Margaret Bourke-White (June 14, 1904 – August 27, 1971) was an American photographer and photojournalist. ... In filmmaking, dubbing or looping is the process of recording or replacing voices for a motion picture. ... Sir Richard Samuel Attenborough, Baron Attenborough, CBE (born August 29, 1923) is a prolific English film and stage actor, and Academy Award, BAFTA and three-time Golden Globe winning director, producer and entrepreneur. ...


Ratzenberger developed packaging alternatives made from biodegradable and non-toxic recycled paper as a safe alternative to Styrofoam "peanuts" and plastic bubble wrap.[3]


In Production

John Ratzenberger is filming The Village Barbershop in Napa, California, playing one of the protagonists. John Ratzenberger on the set of The Village Barbershop in Napa, California, 2006. ... Napa is the county seat of Napa County, California. ...


Character gallery

References

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ unknown. "'Dancing' adds Cliff from 'Cheers'", CNN.com, February 20, 2007. Retrieved on 2007-03-2. 
  3. ^ http://www.ratzenberger.com/about/innovator.html

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John Ratzenberger - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (419 words)
John Deszo Ratzenberger (born April 6, 1947 in Bridgeport, Connecticut) is an American actor.
Ratzenberger was born to Deszo Alexander Ratzenberger, a German-American, and Bertha Grohowski, a Polish-American, and was raised as a Roman Catholic.
Though Ratzenberger enjoyed his time on Cheers, he was critical of the series' spin-off, Frasier, which he described as a "snob" show that lacked the working-class appeal of Cheers.
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