John Dezso Ratzenberger is a man of many talents. Besides being an American actor, he is also a voice-over actor and established entrepreneur. He took birth in Bridgeport, Connecticut in a regular household and his parents are Bertha Veronica and Alexander Ratzenberger. He completed his education at St. Ann’s School in Bridgeport and Sacred Heart University in called Fairfield. His started his career as a tractor operator, and he used to work during Woodstock Festival. He switched his base from Connecticut to London and lived there for ten years.
Ratzenberger switched his career from being a house farmer to an art performer. During 1970’s he performed in theatres and in late 1970’s and early 1980’s Ratzenberger grabbed many minor roles in major movies. He starred in ‘FireFox; A Bridge Too Far’ in a small role. Later, he was also seen in Superman II, Motel Hell, Outland, and Gandhi.
The sitcom ‘Cheers’ gained him major popularity. Initially, he auditioned for the character called Norm Peterson but later ended up with a different part in the sitcom. This very part of a person who knows it all got introduced on the suggestion of the man himself as producers could relate with the idea. Cliff became an iconic character. Ratzenberger wore white socks throughout the series to pay homage to French comedian Jacques Tati. The character Cliff also starred in
6th Season episode and Ratzenberger provided voice-over for it. He also gave voice-over for all the Pixar’s feature films.
The personal life of Ratzenberger went through some turbulence when the 19- year old marriage to Georgia Stiny ended up in a divorce in 2004. They had two children together, James John and Nina Katherine. He married Julie Blichfeldt on November 6, 2012.
Ratzenberger is a Republican by nature and is actively involved in political activities. He endorsed Scott Brown and
and even campaigned for John McCain during 2008 presidential elections. On January 10, 2011, he served as the presenter for Josh Mandel.