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John Ratzenberger is best known for playing mail carrier 'Cliff Clavin' on one of the most popular sitcoms of all time "Cheers." He had read for the part of Norm Peterson, but after the audition, he could tell they weren't going to give him the part. 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 was known for being an overall pretentious blowhard.
Star Wars fans worldwide know John for his role as ‘Major Derlin’ as seen in “Star Wars The Empire Strikes Back” and those same fans will recognize him from another huge franchise; “Superman 1 & 2”! Horror fans remember him from "House II" and "Motel Hell", films which are on the opposite side of the spectrum when it come sto what kids know him for today!
John’s popularity has crossed over from the sitcom, Sci-Fi and fantasy worlds into another huge demographic, being recognized by kids off all ages for his various roles in the Disney/Pixar animated films!
John is the sole actor to have starred in all of Pixar's 11 feature films made to date. His roles include:
· Hamm the Piggy Bank in ALL three “Toy Story” films
· P.T. Flea, the Circus Ring Leader in “A Bug's Life”
· The Abominable Snowman in “Monsters, Inc.”
· School of Moonfish in “Finding Nemo”
· The Underminer in “The Incredibles”
· Mack the truck in “Cars” & “Cars 2”
· Mustafa the Waiter in “Ratatouille”
· John in “WALL-E”
· Tom the construction worker in “Up”
This impressive body of work makes him the 6th most successful actor of all time, as measured by a total box office of over $3,000,000,000!
John produced and hosted “Made in America”, a show for the Travel Channel, which established an unscripted television presence and cemented icon status. John created the show in order to bring viewers the stories of the best products made in the U.S. It honors American men and women who invent and build the goods that are the backbone of our economy. He co-authored “We’ve Got it Made in America: A Common Man’s Salute to an Uncommon Country”, which was published by Time Warner.
John can currently be seen on TV in several series including his re-occurring roles on FX's “Legit”, TNT's “Franklin and Bash”, and Lifetime's “Drop Dead Diva”.
Off screen John is on the boards of Pepperdine and Sacred Heart Universities, and John is actively putting together a foundation to support American manufacturing and is an avid supporter of Made In America brands across the United States. As John has always said "Manufacturing is to America what Spinach is to Popeye."
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