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Born: October 17, 1948 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Chicago, Illinois, USA Profession: Cast ...
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1974:
Joined the Second City comedy troupe
1980:
Made feature debut with "My Bodyguard"
1982:
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)
1984:
Had a supporting role in "Dreamscape"
1985:
Played Fat Sam in "Fletch", starring Chevy Chase
1986:
Portrayed Buster, a welder at the plant who finds himself chafing under the new Japanese regime, in "Gung Ho"
1991:
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
1993:
Made NYC stage debut, "Wild Men!"
1994:
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
1995:
Appeared as Mr. MacAfee in ABC remake of "Bye Bye Birdie"
1995:
Headlined the short-lived CBS sitcom "The George Wendt Show"
1997:
Returned to series TV as co-star of the NBC sitcom "The Naked Truth"; stayed with the show for half a season
1997:
Played Sam in CBS TV-movie "The Price of Heaven," directed by Peter Bogdanovich
1998:
Appeared alongside Stacy Keach and David Dukes in the London production of "Art"
1998:
Made Broadway bow in "Art" with Judd Hirsh and Joe Morton
2000:
Starred in the Off-Broadway production "Empty Plate"
2001:
Had a recurring role on the ABC series "Sabrina, the Teenage Witch"
2005:
Played a high school coach in the coming-of-age comedy "Kids in America"
2008:
Appeared as Santa on the Comedy Central special, "A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All!"
2010:
Cast as Santa in the Broadway musical adaptation of the 2003 comedy "Elf"

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