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Also Known As: John Deszo Ratzenberger Died:
Born: April 6, 1947 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Black Rock, Connecticut, USA Profession: actor, producer, director, playwright, street performer, blacksmith, carpenter

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Though his place in pop culture history was cemented by his Emmy-nominated role as know-it-all postman Cliff Clavin on the hit television series "Cheers" (NBC, 1982-1993), actor John Ratzenberger enjoyed a long and diverse career in all aspects of the entertainment industry. A solid character actor in such fanboy classics as "Superman: The Movie" and "The Empire Strikes Back," Ratzenberger would be one of the few "Cheers" castmembers to find consistent work, whether on behind the scenes as a TV series director, or on the big screen, voicing classic characters like Hamm the piggy bank so brilliantly in the "Toy Story" film franchise. Surprising fans of the awkward Cliffy Clavin, Ratzenberger proved there was still a spring in his step when, following a last minute cancellation by portly actor Vincent Pastore, the beloved actor filled the open dance card on the phenomenally successful series, "Dancing with the Stars" (ABC, 2005- ). Meanwhile, Ratzenberger enjoyed a successful voiceover career, plying his distinctive voice to a number of Pixar hits like the "Toy Story" series, "Finding Nemo" (2003), "Ratatouille" (2007), and "Up" (2009). Whether co-starring on a live action series or in hit animated...

Though his place in pop culture history was cemented by his Emmy-nominated role as know-it-all postman Cliff Clavin on the hit television series "Cheers" (NBC, 1982-1993), actor John Ratzenberger enjoyed a long and diverse career in all aspects of the entertainment industry. A solid character actor in such fanboy classics as "Superman: The Movie" and "The Empire Strikes Back," Ratzenberger would be one of the few "Cheers" castmembers to find consistent work, whether on behind the scenes as a TV series director, or on the big screen, voicing classic characters like Hamm the piggy bank so brilliantly in the "Toy Story" film franchise. Surprising fans of the awkward Cliffy Clavin, Ratzenberger proved there was still a spring in his step when, following a last minute cancellation by portly actor Vincent Pastore, the beloved actor filled the open dance card on the phenomenally successful series, "Dancing with the Stars" (ABC, 2005- ). Meanwhile, Ratzenberger enjoyed a successful voiceover career, plying his distinctive voice to a number of Pixar hits like the "Toy Story" series, "Finding Nemo" (2003), "Ratatouille" (2007), and "Up" (2009). Whether co-starring on a live action series or in hit animated movies, Ratzenberger maintained a steady presence on screens big and small.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Inside Out (2015)
3.
4.
 Santa Con, The (2014)
5.
 Monsters University (2013) Yeti (Monsters)
6.
 Planes (2013)
7.
 Brave (2012)
8.
 Young Picasso (2012)
9.
 Woodcarver, The (2012)
10.
 Cars 2 (2011)
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Founded the London-based inprovisational group Sal's Meat Market
1976:
Feature film debut in "The Ritz"
1980:
Appeared in "The Empire Strikes Back"
1981:
Co-starred in "Outland"; first screen work with Frances Sternhagen who later played his mother on "Cheers"
1982:
Gained small screen stardom as postal woker Cliff Clavin in the NBC sitcom "Cheers"
1988:
Made TV directorial debut with an episode of "Cheers"
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Formed production company, Fiddler's Bay Productions
1995:
Provided voice of Hamm in the computer animated feature "Toy Story"
1997:
Appeared in "One Night Stand"
1998:
Provided character voice in "A Bug's Life"
2001:
Voiced the Abominable Snowman in "Monsters Inc."
2003:
Once again lent his voice to the animated film, "Finding Nemo"
2004:
Voiced the Underminer in Pixar's "The Incredibles"
2005:
Hosted the Travel Channel's documentary series, "John Ratzenberger's Made in America"
2006:
Voiced a tractor-trailer named Mack in "Cars"
2008:
Lent his voice to the Pixar film, "WALL-E"
2009:
Voiced a construction worker in the Pixar film, "Up"
2010:
Reprised the voice of Hamm the Piggy Bank in the animated feature "Toy Story 3"
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Education

Sacred Heart University: Fairfield , Connecticut -
St. Ann's School: Bridgeport , Connecticut -

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wife:
Georgia Ratzenberger. Married in September 1984.

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father:
Deszo Alexander Ratzenberg.
mother:
Bertha Ratzenberg.
son:
James John Ratzenberger. Born c. 1987.
daughter:
Nina Katherine Ratzenberger. Born c. 1989.
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