John Ratzenberger

Biography: 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 CheersBorn 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 Expand

John Ratzenberger's Scores

Average career score: 80
Highest Metascore: 96 Ratatouille
Lowest Metascore: 57 Cars 2
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
12 movie reviews
Title: Year: Credit: User score:
92 Toy Story 3 Jun 18, 2010 Hamm 9.1
92 Toy Story Nov 22, 1995 Hamm 9.0
94 WALL-E Jun 27, 2008 John 8.9
88 Up May 29, 2009 Construction Foreman Tom 8.8
88 Toy Story 2 Nov 24, 1999 Hamm The Piggy Bank 8.6
78 Monsters, Inc. Nov 2, 2001 The Abominable Snowman 8.6
96 Ratatouille Jun 29, 2007 Mustafa 8.5
77 A Bug's Life Nov 25, 1998 P.T. Flea 7.8
65 Monsters University Jun 21, 2013 Abominable Snowman / The Abominable Snowman 7.8
69 Brave Jun 22, 2012 Gordon / Scottish Soldier 7.2
73 Cars Jun 9, 2006 Mack/Hamm Truck/Abominable Snow Plow/P.T. Flea Car 7.0
57 Cars 2 Jun 24, 2011 Mack 5.8
tbd What If... Aug 20, 2010 Mike The Angel 4.0
tbd Inside Out Jun 19, 2015 Cast tbd
tbd The Good Dinosaur Nov 25, 2015 Cast tbd
tbd Finding Dory Jun 17, 2016 Cast tbd