John Ratzenberger Bio, Age, Marriage, Children, Net Worth, Movie works, Movies, TV Shows, Finding Dory, Star War

Last Updated on August 7, 2022 by Administrator

John Ratzenberger Bio

John Dezso Ratzenberger best known as John Ratzenberger is an American actor, voice actor, and entrepreneur.He was born on April 6, 1947 Bridgeport, Connecticut, U.S.

He played Cliff Clavin in the TV show Cheers, for which he earned two Emmy nominations, and plays voice roles in Pixar Animation Studios’ films, including Hamm in the Toy Story franchise, The Underminer in The Incredibles franchise, and Mack in the Cars franchise.

He is the only actor to appear in all of Pixar’s feature films, and with minor appearances in major films such as Superman and The Empire Strikes Back, he is one of the most successful actors of all time in terms of box-office receipts.

John Ratzenberger Age

He is 71 years old as of 2019,having been born on April 6, 1947.

John Ratzenberger Height and Weight

He has an estimated height of about 1.75 m and a weight of 68 kg.

John Ratzenberger Family

Ratzenberger was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut, the son of Bertha Veronica (née Grochowski), who worked for Remington Arms, and Dezso Alexander Ratzenberger, a Texaco truck driver. His father was of Austrian and Hungarian descent, and his mother was of Polish ancestry.

John Ratzenberger Marriage

His first marriage to Georgia Stiny lasted for 19 years but ended in divorce in 2004 due to unknown reasons.

Then he dated for nearly four years, to marry Julie Blichfeldt on November 6, 2012.Both Ratzenberger and Blichfeldt are described as “avid outdoors enthusiasts, philanthropists, and activists”.

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John Ratzenberger Children

Ratzenberger has two children, James John who was born on 1987, and Nina Kathrine who was born on 1989, from his marriage with Georgia Stiny.

John Ratzenberger Education

He attended St. Ann’s School in Bridgeport and Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut. He went to the sacred Heart University.

John Ratzenberger Net Worth

He has a net worth of $80 million as an american actor.

John Ratzenberger Career

He began acting as a student at Sacred Heart University. After graduating from college he worked as a carpenter to earn a living while he began his career as a performer. He lived in London for 10 years, touring as a member of an improvisational comedy group and playing minor roles in more than 25 films, including The Empire Strikes Back in 1980, Superman in 1978 and Ragtime in 1981.

After returning to the United States, Ratzenberger auditioned for the television comedy Cheers. During the audition, he suggested creating a talkative, “know-it-all” character to the show’s writers, and showed them what he meant. Thanks to this idea, he was cast as mail carrier Cliff Clavin, a trivia-spouting barfly always dressed in his postal service uniform. He played Cliff for the full run of Cheers, from 1982 through 1993.

In the mid-1990s, Ratzenberger began providing voices for animated characters in Pixar’s feature films. Among various roles, he played Hamm, the piggy bank in 1995’s Toy Story and its two sequels; the Abominable Snowman in Monsters, Inc.; Mack Truck in Cars; the waiter Mustafa in Ratatouille; and Construction Foreman Tom in Up. Ratzenberger has performed in every Pixar movie released from 1995 to 2012, and is slated to perform in the corporation’s future films.

Ratzenberger still makes regular television appearances. He performed on Dancing with the Stars in 2007. From 2004 to 2008, he produced and hosted the Travel Channel documentary series Made in America, for which he traveled nationwide, visiting American manufacturers and learning how everyday items are made. He also wrote a tie-in book about the series, We’ve Got it Made in America: A Common Man’s Salute to an Uncommon Country which was published in 2006.

John Ratzenberger Activism

Beyond his acting career, Ratzenberger has spoken out on a number of social issues. As a co-owner of the company Eco-Pack, he produced environmentally conscious packaging materials.

He also co-founded Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs, a foundation aimed at encouraging young people to explore careers in manufacturing, and is involved in the nationwide Mobile Outreach Skills Training program. Additionally, he has worked to raise awareness of juvenile diabetes.

John Ratzenberger Movie works

  • Guest starred as Walter Brewster in an episode of Magnum, P.I. in 1984
  • Appeared in the sitcom Sabrina the Teenage Witch as Bob or Santa Claus (1997)
  • Hosted the Travel Channel TV series John Ratzenberger’s Made in America, about things made in the USA (2003–2008)
  • Guest-starred in four episodes of the first season of John Ritter’s sitcom 8 Simple Rules as Paul Hennessy’s overly friendly neighbor Fred Doyle
  • Hosts the Wildcard section in the PC version of the board game Trivial Pursuit
  • Also appeared on That ’70s Show as Glen, a man stuck in an awful marriage with his high-school sweetheart whose negative example gives Eric second thoughts about marrying Donna
  • Played Thomas Foy in the TV movie The Pennsylvania Miners’ Story
  • As Shelly Cole star in The Village Barbershop (2008), written and directed by Chris Ford[22]
  • An appearance in Bill Nye the Science Guy
  • Provided the voice of Rigger in the animated series Captain Planet and the Planeteers
  • Made an appearance on British show Live from Studio Five (February 17, 2010).
  • Appeared in television commercials for the Pitney Bowes personal post office, ended every commercial saying “Hey, I look good in red!”
  • Appeared in commercials for Quality Hotels and Zaxby’s restaurant chain (2010)
  • Plays Mike the Angel in What If…, a Pure Flix Entertainment/Jenkins Entertainment movie release in 2010, also starring Kevin Sorbo, Kristy Swanson, and Debby Ryan[23]
  • Reprised his role of Cliff Clavin in an episode of Frasier[24] and – along with his Cheers partner, George Wendt – an episode of Wings called “The Story of Joe”
  • Hosted the documentary Industrial Tsunami, intended to wake Americans up to the shortage of skilled workers threatening the existence of American companies and entire industries
  • Appeared in the final episode of Secret Army entitled “The Execution” as a Canadian officer who is bribed by Standartenfuhrer Kessler’s mistress Madeleine Duclos to spring Kessler from the POW camp where he is incarcerated
  • Starred in “A House Divided,” the 28th episode of the first season of Melissa & Joey as Arnie the neighbor
  • Voiced the bathhouse’s assistant manager, Aniyaku, in the English dub of Spirited Away
  • Made a cameo in the DisneyToon Studios animation Planes (2013) playing Harland the pushback vehicle
  • Made commercials for Ontario’s The Beer Store with his Cheers partner, George Wendt
  • Appeared in Drop Dead Diva as Kim Kaswell’s estranged father


John Ratzenberger Movies





The Ritz



Twilight’s Last Gleaming

Sgt. Kopecki

A Bridge Too Far

Lt. James Megellas




Warlords of Atlantis



Missile controller


Hanover Street

Sergeant John Lucas

Arabian Adventure



Corporal Cook

The Bitch

Hal Leonard


The Empire Strikes Back

Major Bren Derlin

Motel Hell


Superman II

Controller No. 1







Communist Leader

The Good Soldier






Chief Peck


American Lieutenant



Security Guard on TV


The Falcon and the Snowman



House II: The Second Story



She’s Having a Baby



Toy Story[38]



That Darn Cat


Bad Day on the Block

Al Calavito

One Night Stand



A Bug’s Life[38]

P.T. Flea


Toy Story 2[38]



Monsters, Inc.[38]



Spirited Away[38]

Assistant Manager (Aniyaku)


Finding Nemo[38]

School of Moonfish


The Incredibles[38]

The Underminer


Something New

Brian’s Father


Mack, Hamm the Piggy Truck, The Abominable Snowplow, P.T. Flea



Mustafa The Waiter


The Village Barbershop

Art Leroldi





Tom The Construction Worker


What If…

Mike The Angel

Toy Story 3[38]



Hawaiian Vacation

Small Fry

Cars 2[38]




Gordon The Guard

Partysaurus Rex


The Woodcarver



Monsters University[38]

Yeti, The Abominable Snowman


Harland the Pitty

Super Buddies

Marvin “Gramps” Livingstone

In the Name of God

Reverend Thomas


Planes: Fire & Rescue[38]



Inside Out[38]


Russell Madness

Mick Vaughn

The Good Dinosaur[38]

Earl the Velociraptor


Finding Dory

Bill the Husband Crab

Pup Star[38]



Cars 3[38]


Pup Star: Better 2Gether[38]



Juan Ortodoncia


Incredibles 2[38]

The Underminer


Toy Story 4


John Ratzenberger TV Shows





Secret Army

Staff Sergeant Dexter


ITV Playhouse

Tom Phillips


The Good Soldier


Private Schulz

American Newsreel Commentator

Goliath Awaits

Bill Sweeney

Code Red

Inspector Ray Allen


Hill Street Blues

Phony Cop



Cliff Clavin


Wizards and Warriors



Magnum, P.I.

Walt Brewster


St. Elsewhere

Cliff Clavin

The Love Boat

Marty Elder


Combat Academy

Mr. Barnett


The Tortellis

Cliff Clavin


General Joe Brodsky


Small World

Morris Zapp

Mickey’s 60th Birthday

Cliff Clavin


Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color

Cliff Clavin

Camp Cucamonga

Marvin Schector

The Earth Day Special

Cliff Clavin


Cliff Clavin


Captain Planet and the Planeteers




Mr. Hafner


Moon Over Miami

Norman Rust

1994, 2014

The Simpsons

Cliff Clavin / CGI Homer Simpson


Murphy Brown


Sister, Sister

Gus Kiamilikimaka


Caroline in the City

Mr. Berman

Toy Story Treats

Hamm the Piggy Bank


Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child


Sabrina, the Teenage Witch

Bob/Santa Claus

The Detectives



Remember WENN

Mr. Abernathy


Touched by an Angel


Pigs Next Door

Ike Stump


That ’70s Show


The Drew Carey Show




Cliff Clavin

The Pennsylvania Miners’ Story

Thomas “Tucker” Foy


8 Simple Rules

Fred Doyle


Made in America






Melissa & Joey



Matchmaker Santa



Drop Dead Diva

Larry Kaswell



Bill Schumacher

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

Stu Kirchoff



Walter Nugent

Franklin & Bash

Judge Elliot Reid


How Murray Saved Christmas

Officer Bender


The McCarthys

Charlie Ellis

Hell’s Kitchen



Lego Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures

Major Bren Derlin

John Ratzenberger Video games




Toy Story


Toy Story: Activity Center

Disney’s Animated Storybook: Toy Story


Toy Story 2: Activity Center

Toy Story 2: Buzz Lightyear to the Rescue[38]


Toy Story Racer

Monsters, Inc.


Disney’s Extreme Skate Adventure


The Incredibles: Rise of the Underminer




Cars Race-O-Rama


Toy Story 3: The Video Game


Kinect Rush: A Disney-Pixar Adventure


Disney Infinity


Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes


Disney Infinity 3.0


Disney Magic Kingdoms


Cars 3: Driven to Win


Lego The Incredibles


Kingdom Hearts III

John Ratzenberger Finding Dory

Cheers star Ratzenberger has had a voice role in every single Pixar film, and he’s become the animation studio’s good luck charm. His trademark voice is a little more difficult to spot in Finding Dory though, because it’s been turned up to a slightly higher pitch.

He’s the grass-clipping crab Bill that Dory talks to before she heads back into the pipes after realizing her parents aren’t in her childhood home.

John Ratzenberger Politics

Ratzenberger, a Republican, said he considered running for the U.S. Senate in Connecticut in 2012.

During the 2008 presidential race, Ratzenberger campaigned for John McCain, appearing with former Cheers co-star Kelsey Grammer at several Republican party events.He also has been outspoken in opposition of the 2010 health care reform bill, referring to it as socialism.He endorsed Mitt Romney in 2012.He appeared on Your World with Neil Cavuto to support Donald Trump’s candidacy during the 2016 presidential race, shortly after Trump was declared the presumptive Republican nominee.

On January 17, 2010, he appeared and endorsed Scott Brown for the United States Senate at Mechanics Hall in Worcester, Massachusetts.

Ratzenberger campaigned for Republican Josh Mandel of Ohio for the State Treasurer position during the 2010 election and on January 10, 2011, served as master of ceremonies for Mandel’s swearing into office.

In response to the 2012 Aurora shooting, he said “Hollywood has to, at some point, admit that what they produce does affect the minds of people…. If you just want to shock ’em… society will pay the price for that at some point.”

John Ratzenberger Star War Interveiw

John Dak Morton: So, John, may the Force be with you. It’s been a long time since we spoke. Except for that brief cell-phone hook-up in October provided us by our mutual friend and collector, Boston’s own Frank Rich. You were a guest that day at a con in Connecticut, right?

John Ratzenberger: I guess that was actually Springfield, Mass. No, wait, maybe it was Worcester. Yeah, it was Worcester. Massachusetts. This fellow approached me two years ago and said you got great credits, Star WarsSuperman, Pixar. You gotta do these shows. It’s easy duty. You can make a little money, buy your kids a new pair of shoes, or something.

John Dak Morton: Tell me again how you found yourself in London in the seventies? All of us North American actors have a story about that, right?

John Ratzenberger: Yeah, well, you know [The Empire Strikes Back actor] Ray Hassett.

John Dak Morton: Sure. I think he’s now a cop, up your way in Connecticut somewhere.

John Ratzenberger: I think he’s retired now. I haven’t spoken to him in a couple of years. We went to college together, and he left to go to London as a social worker. I was a carpenter in Northern Vermont and got this tax refund check that just about covered a one-way airfare to London. So this I saw as a sign from God. So I went over to see Ray for a couple of weeks and ended up staying 10 years. I got work as a stage carpenter at the Oval House in Kennington, South London. Its director, Peter Oliver, gave you the right to fail. He had a philosophy that came from Winston Churchill that you go from failure to failure with enthusiasm. So Peter gave us a go and that’s how Ray and I ended up starting Sal’s Meat Marketat the Oval House.

John Dak Morton: Now, Star Wars. I did four weeks on Empire in March and April 1979. You were there on the set. You were a Rebel officer, Major Derlin, with our great friend, Jack McKenzie, whom we met doing A Bridge Too Far in ’76. Jack was Cal Alder. I know that because I see him often on the convention circuit both sides of the Pond. So, how many days did you put in, and what are some of the things you recall?

John Ratzenberger: I don’t know how many days I worked there, John. The thing I do remember was I somehow got a parking space next to Kermit the Frog. It was Jim Henson’s space, with this Kermit the Frog sign. So I took a photo of it and sent it to my mom with a caption that read, “Look, Mom. I made it. I got a parking space next to Kermit the Frog.” I was always fascinated by the film-set infrastructures. I guess it comes from my being a carpenter and building things. I remember being fascinated by the graduated sizes and perspective on the sets. And how they put shorter people and kids in the uniforms and placed them in the distance to give the idea that these sets had more depth than they really did.

John Dak Morton: Yeah, I really noticed that on Superman II when we did that scene on the Moon and you were in Houston Control. I swear, from the camera’s POV it was a most believable lunarscape with these two 10-year-olds in astronaut suits looking like they were a football field away. And they were only, what, 20 yards maybe.

John Ratzenberger: Yeah. I’m still really into set design and construction when I do films. I notice that stuff. Except with Star Wars, it was much more intricate. The acting part, well, I never went to drama school, so that was more like I was getting away with it. Of course, I had a crush on Princess Leia. I really wanted to ask her out, back to my place, or something. But at the time, I was living in a squat on Fitzroy Road in Primrose Hill. It was pretty derelict. So what was I going do? Ask her to come back with me and watch me catch mice?

John Dak Morton: Fans love to hear about special effects, props, costumes. What were some of the things that really struck you while you were on set? And don’t tell me you got hit by a flying Yoda.

John Ratzenberger: My uniform was cool. Not much else I can think of at the moment. You know, you don’t know the enormity of these kinds of films until well after you’re done. I mean, Cheers was just a job while we were doing it. All of us were really only hustling to pay the rent, weren’t we.

John Dak Morton: Oh, yes. John, I should tell folks why I was being cute back there. You have a legendary rep for improv which had a lot to do with the success of your London two-man show, Sal’s Meat Market. You might want to talk about that. But somebody, maybe our fellow London actor Bob Sheedy, a fun Boston guy, loved to tell the story about you in A Bridge Too Far. The great Bill Goldman — who was there with us in Holland, remember — wrote the screenplay, and your character, an officer, had a scene where you were behind a log with a grenade to lob at a bunch of Germans. Bill wrote a line for your guy, something like “Take this, you dirty Krauts!” You asked Dickie Attenborough, if you could improvise. He said yes. And so with camera rolling, as you lobbed the grenade over the log, you came out with “Scrambled eggs.” So where does that skill come from?

John Ratzenberger: I don’t know where that comes from. One of the high points in my career came from a time I had with Tim Conway on a film when I had him fall down with laughter. I had this scene with him where I was this mechanic down fixing his car. I can’t remember what my line was as written, but they were okay with me doing a made-up line. So Tim asks me what’s wrong with his car, and I look up and say, “Well, looks like you got a squirrel caught up in there.” Really, improv is all about creating for what’s around you, in the moment, so it fits in a way that you can’t see the seams. It’s like a great jazz combo. I still do it. Recently, I did this Hallmark film and the director’s only direction to me was, “Do your make-‘em-up-stuff.”

John Dak Morton: So, John, when did you get that Star Wars was kinda different and not just another credit? I mean, you are universally known as Cliffie fromCheers. When you were doing the TV series in the eighties, did many folks give you the oh-wow-you-were-in-Star-Wars? Or is it more often, “Oh, wow, you’re Cliffie!”

John Ratzenberger: I don’t know that I ever did see Star Wars as any different. I was certainly proud that I did it. Yes, absolutely. Maybe, I got a sense when it came out, and there were always these lines around the block. We didn’t understand the popularity of Cheers until maybe five years into the series. It was when Boston invited us to do a parade one November, and I was the only cast member skeptical of the willingness of people to come out to see us five actors drive by in antique cars in the Boston rain. Well, it was the first time I really understood the show’s popularity. That parade was supposedly the largest event Boston had ever seen — we out-drew the Celtics, the Red Sox, and the Pope!

John Dak Morton: So what about now? At conventions, do you sign more as Derlin or Cliffie, or does it depend on the con?

John Ratzenberger: I think it’s about even right across the board. They give me all the photos to sign. Star WarsSuperman. And Hammy the Pig is right up there.


John Dak Morton: Any plans for increasing your number of convention appearances? How would you manage that, given your other commitments?

John Ratzenberger: For me, it’s when they pop up. I look at the calendar. If it’s a nice place, I go, like I did in London when it came to choosing to do a film. I always choose the best locations. New Orleans. That’s fun. I’m available. Let’s go.

John Dak Morton: John, I recall we both came back to the States in 1980 with screenplays in development in Hollywood. Mine, as you may recall, got hung up in early 1981 when my option ran out during the writers and directors strike. But yours, you had some deal with the British producer John Dark about a story you wrote on the legendary professional wrestler Haystacks Calhoun. Tell us about that, how you came to the story, what happened to the project and how it all led you to Cheers.

John Ratzenberger: That was actually Lloyd Phillips who was a Kiwi film producer in L.A. And it was about Gorgeous George, not Haystacks Calhoun. I was in a couple of Lloyd’s films and got approached to write the story. People don’t realize it, but Gorgeous George had this flamboyant, camp stage persona that had a tremendous influence on other celebrities, like Elton John, Liberace, Elvis Presley, and Mohammed Ali, who all wanted to establish their own outlandish stage personas. The project died because Gorgeous George’s wife refused to give up the rights. So I wrote another wrestling film script. And we finished the shooting. But Henry Winkler came out with his own wrestling film, which did poorly. So the studios passed on ours, and it never got released. So then I went on to write on another project with Ruby Wax. It was on the life of Nero. And that led to an audition for Cheers where I was able to craft the character of Cliffie.

John Dak Morton: What’s on the horizon for you in 2005? Acting or otherwise.

John Ratzenberger: Ah, 2005? You just lost 10 years there, buddy.

John Dak Morton: Lost in space like Buzz Lightyear, Hammy. So, plans for 2015.

John Ratzenberger: I got a company out there. We’re pitching a few things and will get back into it the first week of July.

John Dak Morton: That’s light years away.

John Ratzenberger: That’s wishful thinking. First week in January, after the holidays. We’ve also got this partnership with Made In America. Go to We sell stuff made in America. And I do a lot of public speaking. This year, I did two commencements: at Providence College and Penn State. I’m coming to your part of the world, Washington, D.C., in February. I speak to women’s groups, Chambers of Commerce, manufacturing organizations. Just did the Mike Huckabee Show. I do about two speaking engagements a month. I still enjoy travelling.

John Dak Morton: Hey, thanks, Major. I really hope we find ourselves together in the galaxy real soon. Or maybe we can go down a few blue milks in some London tapcaf with Cal Alder. Or even go looking for those droids in Mos Eisley with that errant stormtrooper Tony Forrest.

John Ratzenberger: Be well and stay cool my friend.


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