John Ratzenberger

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Date of Birth 6 April 1947, Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA Birth Name John Deszo Ratzenberger Nickname Ratz Height 5' 9" (1.75 m) Mini Biography John started the improvisational comedy group, "Sal's Meat Market", in Bridgeport, Connecticut, while a student at Sacred Heart University, located in Fairfield/Bridgeport, Connecticut. He was later affiliated with the ensemble group, "The Downtown Cabaret". Coincidentally, he was a friend of Susan Ryan, the mother of Meg Ryan. A mutual friend, also associated with "The Downtown Cabaret", was the daughter-in-law of actress Mabel Albertson, the sister of actor Jack Albertson. Spouse Julie Blichfeldt (6 November 2012 - present) Georgia Stiny (9 September 1984 - 27 May 2004) (divorced) 2 children Caroline (? - 1983) (divorced) Trade Mark Has a role in every film made by Pixar studios Trivia In late 2000, he went to the Supreme Court with "Cheers" (1982) co-star George Wendt to get control of their characters (Cliff and Norm), which are wanted to be used for commercials for Cheers-like airport bars. Wendt and Ratzenberger say they created their characters and do not want them exploited. Only "Cheers" (1982) cast member to have actually lived in Boston -- specifically, the "Combat Zone" red-light district. The only person to voice a character in all of Pixar Animation's feature films: as Hamm in Toy Story (1995), PT Flea in A Bug's Life (1998), Hamm again in Toy Story 2 (1999), Abominable Snowman in Monsters, Inc. (2001), Fish School in Finding Nemo (2003), Underminer in The Incredibles (2004), Mack in Cars (2006), Mustafa in Ratatouille (2007), John in WALL·E (2008), Construction Foreman Tom Up (2009) and Hamm in Toy Story 3 (2010) and that he also appeared in Cars 2 (2011). Was buried alive up to his neck in Motel Hell (1980), same as his "Cheers" (1982) co-star Ted Danson was in Creepshow (1982), one or two years later. When last registered, he was a red belt, in karate. He does not, as believed by some, play the bagpipes but in fact plays snare drum for a pipe band called "Gold Coast Pipe Band" in which he was among the founding members. Active in the pro-ecological movement, he was owner and operator of Eco-Pak, a conservation-conscious packaging company. Co-wrote two British TV plays and directed several episodes of "Cheers" (1982). In 1971, he helped form and organize an improvisational comedy troupe called "Sal's Meat Market". Spent his early years in London where he was once an assistant to a tree surgeon. The trading card for his Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) character, Bren Derlin, says that "At the Mos Eisley Cantina, everybody knows his name." Derlin is never seen in the Mos Eisley Cantina. This is an inside joke about his character Cliff Clavin the mailman, who frequents Cheers, "where everybody knows your name". Along with George Wendt, Richard Belzer and Paul Fusco, he is one of only four actors to play the same character (Clifford C. 'Cliff' Clavin, Jr.): "Cheers" (1982), "St. Elsewhere" (1982), "The Tortellis" (1987), "Wings" (1990), "The Simpsons" (1989) and "Frasier" (1993). He has appeared in episodes of all six series with George Wendt. His speaking role in Richard Attenborough's Gandhi (1982), was dubbed by Martin Sheen. Later he went on to become a trademark voice for Pixar Studios. He is a father of two children. One son, named James John born in 1987 and one daughter, Nina Katherine born in 1989. He recently started the Nuts, Bolts and Thingamajigs Foundation, whose mission is to "Give children tools and watch them build America.". Formerly engaged to Lindsay McGrail. Attended and helped construct the stage at the Woodstock Festival in 1969. Recalls that an unpopular National Guard became vital emergency personnel of the event - distributing water and food to the hundreds of thousands of attendees. Center for America senior fellow. Republican. His father was of Austrian and Hungarian descent, and his mother was of Polish ancestry. Personal Quotes Wake up in the morning, put your hand to something useful, and take care of yourself and your family. Where Are They Now (2010) Appeared in a commercial for "Quality" hotels.

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Mike the Angel

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WWJD II

Ernest

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In the Name of God

Reverend Thomas

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The Village Barbershop

Art Leroldi

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Timestalkers

General Joe Brodsky

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Matchmaker Santa

George

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Tick Tock

Clay Fairfield, P. I.

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John Ratzenberger's Made in America (4 Disc Set)

Himself - Host (37 episodes, 2004-2005)

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A Christmas Mystery

Logan Walker

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Our First Christmas

Joe Noll

Starring In
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Soul

Guy on the Subway (voice) (uncredited)

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Onward

Construction Worker Fenwick (voice)

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Miracle in East Texas

Dad Everett

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Toy Story 4

Hamm (voice)

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Project: Puppies for Christmas

Daniel Nilwater

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Incredibles 2

Underminer (voice)

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Ölümlü Dünya

Hamm (voice)

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Shifting Gears

Conrad Baines

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Pup Star: World Tour

Grandpa Growl (voice)

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Coco

Juan Ortodoncia (voice)

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Pup Star: Better 2Gether

Salty

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Cars 3

Mack (voice)

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Pup Star

Mutt (voice)

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Finding Dory

Husband Crab (Bill) (voice)

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Monkey Up

Mr. Hartz

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The Good Dinosaur

Earl (voice)

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Inside Out

Fritz (voice)

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Russell Madness

Mick Vaughn

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Planes: Fire & Rescue

Brodi (voice)

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Santa Con

Warden

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A Christmas Mystery

Logan Walker

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Grace of God

Reverend Thomas

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Planes

Harland (voice)

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Super Buddies

Gramps Livingstone

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Monsters University

Yeti (voice)

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In the Name of God

Reverend Thomas

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Partysaurus Rex

Hamm (voice)

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Brave

Gordon (voice)

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WWJD II

Ernest

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Matchmaker Santa

George

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Fixing Pete

Clayton

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Small Fry

Hamm (voice)

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Toy Story Toons: Hawaiian Vacation

Hamm (Voice)

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Cars 2

Mack (voice)

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Lt. Dan Band: For the Common Good

Himself

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Toy Story 3

Hamm (voice)

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What If ...

Mike the Angel

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Up

Construction Foreman Tom (voice)

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Wall·E

John (voice)

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The Village Barbershop

Art Leroldi

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Our First Christmas

Joe Noll

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Ratatouille

Mustafa (voice)

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Your Friend the Rat

P.T. Flea (voice) (uncredited)

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Kickin' It Old Skool

Himself (uncredited)

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Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project

Hamm (archive footage)

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Cars

Mack / Hamm Truck / Abominable Snow Plow / P.T. Flea Car (voice)

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Something New

Brian's Father (uncredited)

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Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut

Controller #1 (archive footage)

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The Incredibles

Underminer (voice)

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Finding Nemo

Fish School (voice)

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John Ratzenberger's Made in America (4 Disc Set)

Himself - Host (37 episodes, 2004-2005)

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Příšerky s.r.o

The Abominable Snowman (voice)

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Monsters, Inc.

The Abominable Snowman (voice)

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Tick Tock

Clay Fairfield, P. I.

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Toy Story 2

Hamm the Piggy Bank (voice)

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Monty Python's Flying Circus: Live at Aspen

Himself - Audience (uncredited)

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A Bug's Life

P.T. Flea (voice)

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Bad Day on the Block

Al Calavito

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That Darn Cat

Dusty

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One Night Stand

Phil

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Toy Story

Hamm (voice)

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The Earth Day Special

Cliff Clavin

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She's Having a Baby

Himself (uncredited)

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House II: The Second Story

Bill

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Timestalkers

General Joe Brodsky

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Combat Academy

Mr. Barnett

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The Falcon and the Snowman

Detective (uncredited)

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Protocol

Security Guard on TV (uncredited)

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Gandhi

American Lieutenant

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Firefox

Chief Peck

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Battle Truck

Rusty

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Ragtime

Policeman

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Reds

Communist Leader (uncredited)

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Outland

Tarlow

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The Good Soldier

Jimmy

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Goliath Awaits

Bill Sweeney

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Motel Hell

Drummer

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SP FX: Special Effects - The Empire Strikes Back

Major Derlin (uncredited)

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Superman II

Controller #1

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Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back

Rebel Force Major Derlin

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The Bitch

Hal Leonard

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Arabian Adventure

Achmed

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Yanks

Corporal Cook

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Hanover Street

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Superman

1st Controller

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Warlords of Atlantis

Fenn

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Valentino

Newshound

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A Bridge Too Far

U.S. Lieutenant

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Twilight's Last Gleaming

Sgt. Kopecki

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The Ritz

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