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John Ratzenberger

Though his place in pop culture history was cemented by his Emmy-nominated role as know-it-all postman Cliff Clavin on the hit television series "Cheers" (NBC, 1982-1993), actor John Ratzenberger enjoyed a long and diverse career in all aspects of the entertainment industry. A solid character actor in such fanboy classics as "Superman: The Movie" and "The Empire Strikes Back," Ratzenberger would be one of the few "Cheers" castmembers to find consistent work, whether on behind the scenes as a TV series director, or on the big screen, voicing classic characters like Hamm the piggy bank so brilliantly in the "Toy Story" film franchise. Surprising fans of the awkward Cliffy Clavin, Ratzenberger proved there was still a spring in his step when, following a last minute cancellation by portly actor Vincent Pastore, the beloved actor filled the open dance card on the phenomenally successful series, "Dancing with the Stars" (ABC, 2005- ). Meanwhile, Ratzenberger enjoyed a successful voiceover career, plying his distinctive voice to a number of Pixar hits like the "Toy Story" series, "Finding Nemo" (2003), "Ratatouille" (2007), and "Up" (2009). Whether co-starring on a live action series or in hit animated movies, Ratzenberger maintained a steady presence on screens big and small.
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