John Ratzenberger

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John Deszo Ratzenberger (born April 6, 1947)[1] is an American actor, voice actor, entrepreneur, and leading advocate for skilled worker shortage crisis. He is best known for his role as Cliff Clavin in Cheers.


Early life

John Ratzenberger was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut, the son of Bertha (née Grohowski) and Deszo Alexander Ratzenberger.[2] He attended St. Ann's School in Bridgeport and Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut.[1] In 1969 Ratzenberger was a tractor operator at the Woodstock Festival.[3] He moved to London in 1971, living there for ten years.[1]


Ratzenberger was a house framer[4] living in London when he began his career in the performing arts.[1] His first role was a Patron in The Ritz (1976). Throughout the late 1970s and early 1980s Ratzenberger appeared in various minor roles in major feaure films, including Firefox; A Bridge Too Far; Superman as a missile controller; Superman II as the NASA control man; Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back as "Major Bren Derlin"; Motel Hell as a punk rocker; Outland as a doomed mine worker named Tarlow; and Gandhi, playing as an American Lieutenant.

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