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

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Title: Year: Credit: User score:
tbd Cheers: Season 7 Oct 27, 1988 Cliff Clavin / Clifford C "Cliff" Clavin, Jr 10
tbd Cheers: Season 8 Sep 21, 1989 Cliff Clavin / Clifford C "Cliff" Clavin, Jr 10
tbd Cheers: Season 9 Sep 20, 1990 Cliff Clavin / Clifford C "Cliff" Clavin, Jr / Himself 10
tbd Cheers: Season 10 Sep 19, 1991 Cliff Clavin / Clifford C "Cliff" Clavin, Jr / Director 10
tbd Cheers: Season 11 Sep 24, 1992 Cliff Clavin / Director 10
tbd Cheers: Season 6 Sep 24, 1987 Cliff Clavin / Clifford C "Cliff" Clavin, Jr / Director 9.7
tbd Cheers: Season 3 Sep 27, 1984 Cliff Clavin / CliffClavin / Clifford C "Cliff" Clavin, Jr 9.0
tbd Cheers: Season 4 Sep 26, 1985 Cliff Clavin / Clifford C "Cliff" Clavin, Jr 9.0
tbd Cheers: Season 5 Sep 25, 1986 Cliff Clavin / CliffClavin / Clifford C "Cliff" Clavin, Jr 9.0
tbd Cheers: Season 1 Sep 30, 1982 Cliff Clavin / Clifford C "Cliff" Clavin, Jr 8.3
tbd Cheers: Season 2 Sep 29, 1983 Cliff Clavin / Clifford C "Cliff" Clavin, Jr / Clifford C. "Cliff" Clavin, Jr. / Clifford C. Clavin, Jr. 8.1
tbd Dancing With the Stars: Season 4 Mar 19, 2007 Season 4 - Celebrity Dancer 2.5
tbd Sister, Sister: Season 3 Sep 6, 1995 Director tbd
tbd John Ratzenberger's Made In America: Season 1 Jan 6, 2004 Host tbd
tbd John Ratzenberger's Made In America: Season 2 Dec 7, 2004 Host tbd
tbd John Ratzenberger's Made In America: Season 3 Dec 6, 2005 Host tbd
tbd Evening Shade: Season 4 Sep 20, 1993 Director tbd