Ratzenberger, John

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Ratzenberger, John Gender: M
John Deszo Ratzenberger
born on 6 April 1947 at 10:45 (= 10:45 AM )
Place Bridgeport, Connecticut, 41n10, 73w12
Timezone EST h5w (is standard time)
Data source
Quoted BC/BR
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Rodden
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_aricol.18.gif 16°00' s_mo.18.gif s_libcol.18.gif 28°17 Asc.s_cancol.18.gif 16°50'

John Ratzenberger
photo: Mary Hanley of the Rhode Island International Film Festival, license gfdl


American actor who established himself as Cliff, the know-it-all mailman, a regular on the top hit TV show, Cheers. He actually auditioned for the role of Norm (that went to George Wendt) and when rejected, spontaneously on the spot invented Cliff with a ten-minute shtick that started the producers laughing.

Growing up the middle child with two sisters, Ratzenberger developed a comedy act with a partner from Bridgeport. They took their show to London for ten years, doing theater skits. They earned a grant with their "Sal's Meat Market," the first time that the Arts Council of Great Britain bestowed a grant on an American act. He had occasional writing assignments for BBC and made some appearances in European films, but he did not make much money. The only supplemental job he could find in London was that of assistant to a tree surgeon.

Ratzenberger was at his life's low point when he auditioned for Cheers. He was signed up for seven episodes with a premier on 9/30/1982. The seven episodes stretched out to a decade as he became one of the beloved regulars on the show.

Easygoing with a joking exterior, he is curious and loves the outdoors. From 1989 he has been head of an environmental-products company that makes recycled packaging and cat litter. In 1993 he donated five acres of his land to a Russian Orthodox monastery. He and his wife, Georgia, live on an island near Seattle, WA.

John continues to work on voice-over roles, heard in "Toy Story," "A Bug's Life" and "Monsters, Inc."

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • business associate/partner relationship with Danson, Ted (born 29 December 1947). Notes: Co-stars on "Cheers"
  • business associate/partner relationship with Grammer, Kelsey (born 21 February 1955). Notes: Co-stars on "Cheers"
  • business associate/partner relationship with Long, Shelley (born 23 August 1949). Notes: Co-stars on "Cheers"


  • Work : New Job 30 September 1982 (Started job as "Cliff" on "Cheers," ten years)
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Source Notes

Stephen Przybylowski quotes B.C. 9/1994


  • Traits : Personality : Gracious/ sociable
  • Family : Childhood : Order of birth (Second of three, two sisters)
  • Family : Relationship : Number of Marriages (One)
  • Lifestyle : Financial : Gain - Financial success in field
  • Lifestyle : Financial : Philanthropist (Donated land to monastery)
  • Lifestyle : Social Life : Outdoors (Ecological interests)
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Actor/ Actress (TV, film secondary)
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Comedy
  • Vocation : Entertainment : TV series/ Soap star ("Cheers")
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Voice-Over (Animated feature films)