Joined the Second City comedy troupe
Made feature debut with "My Bodyguard"
Cast as barfly Norm Peterson on the NBC sitcom "Cheers"; nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series (1984-89)
Had a supporting role in "Dreamscape"
Played Fat Sam in "Fletch", starring Chevy Chase
Portrayed Buster, a welder at the plant who finds himself chafing under the new Japanese regime, in "Gung Ho"
Received third-billing (behnd Robert De Niro and Annette Bening) in Irwin Winkler's Hollywood blacklist drama, "Guilty By Suspicion"; played a screenwriter who is the best friend of De Niro's character
Made NYC stage debut, "Wild Men!"
Starred in Fox TV-movie "Hostage For a Day" as a man who stages his own abduction to get away from his overbearing wife and miserable job; directed by John Candy
Appeared as Mr. MacAfee in ABC remake of "Bye Bye Birdie"
Headlined the short-lived CBS sitcom "The George Wendt Show"
Returned to series TV as co-star of the NBC sitcom "The Naked Truth"; stayed with the show for half a season
Played Sam in CBS TV-movie "The Price of Heaven," directed by Peter Bogdanovich
Appeared alongside Stacy Keach and David Dukes in the London production of "Art"
Made Broadway bow in "Art" with Judd Hirsh and Joe Morton
Starred in the Off-Broadway production "Empty Plate"
Had a recurring role on the ABC series "Sabrina, the Teenage Witch"
Played a high school coach in the coming-of-age comedy "Kids in America"
Appeared as Santa on the Comedy Central special, "A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All!"
Cast as Santa in the Broadway musical adaptation of the 2003 comedy "Elf"