JOHN RATZENBERGER Biography - Other artists & entretainers


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John Ratzenberger (born April 6 1947) is an American actor born in Bridgeport, Connecticut. He is perhaps best known for his role as “Clifford C. ‘Cliff’ Clavin, Jr.” in the Cheers (1982) TV Series.


His acting credits include 47 productions and an additional 22 notable television appearances. His first role was a Patron in The Ritz (1976), and since then he has appeared in notable movies including Superman and Superman II as a NASA controller, Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) as “Major Derlin", and Gandhi (1982) as an American Lieutenant.


All five of Pixar Animation’s feature films include Ratzenberger, who has become something of a “good luck charm” to the studio.
Hamm in Toy Story (1995) and Toy Story 2 (1999)
PT Flea in A Bug’s Life (2001)
the Abominable Snowman in Monsters Inc. (2002)
a school of moonfish in Finding Nemo (2003)
supervillen The Underminer in The Incredibles (2004)
a character in Cars (2005)


Disney also cast him to voice the bathhouse’s assistant manager in the English-language dub of the Japanese animated film Spirited Away (2002).