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John Ratzenberger

Highest Rated:   100% Toy Story 2 (1999)
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Born in Connecticut, John Ratzenberger spent most of his early adulthood in England and Europe. After a brief stint as assistant to a London tree surgeon, Ratzenberger helped organize the English improvisational troupe "Sal's Meat Market" in 1971. He made his first screen appearances in such British-based productions as The Ritz (1976), A Bridge Too Far (1977), Superman (1978), The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and Gandhi (1982). In 1982, Ratzenberger read for the part of post-office employee Norm on the upcoming American TV sitcom Cheers. Sensing that he hadn't won the role (which was true), Ratzenberger asked if the cast of Cheers included the character of "a bar know-it-all." Suddenly he launched into an impromptu ten-minute monologue, posing as an endlessly chattering repository of useless information. Then and there, the character of Cliff Clavin was born--a character Ratzenberger played for the next ten years. A man of many talents, Ratzenberger directed several Cheers episodes, and also co-wrote two British television plays Friends in Space (1978) and Scalped (1979). Tirelessly active in the pro-ecology movement, John Ratzenberger was owner and operator of Eco-Pak, a conservation-conscious packaging firm. Since the demise of Cheers, the actor has resurrected Cliff Clavin in the form of an advertising pitchman and has appeared in many commercials. He has also found success doing voice overs for advertising and voicework in films such as Toy Story (1995) and Dog's Best Friend (1997). Ratzenberger continued to make occasional guest appearances on television series such as Caroline in the City.He maintained a relationship with Pixar after Toy Story and went on to lend his distinctive voice to each of their films through Cars 2 in 2011. He returned to TV to appear in the fourth season of the reality competition series Dancing With the Stars.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
67% Cars 3
  • Mack
$140.1M 2017
94% Finding Dory
  • Husband Crab (Bill)
$486.3M 2016
No Score Yet Monkey Up
  • Mr. Hartz
2016
77% The Good Dinosaur
  • Earl
$94.2M 2015
98% Inside Out
  • Fritz
$264.4M 2015
No Score Yet Russell Madness
  • Mick Vaughn
2015
No Score Yet A Christmas Mystery
  • Actor
2014
44% Planes: Fire And Rescue
  • Brodi
$42.7M 2014
No Score Yet Santa Con
  • Warden
2014
50% How Murray Saved Christmas
  • Actor
2014
No Score Yet Super Buddies
  • Actor
2013
25% Planes
  • Harland
$71.3M 2013
78% Monsters University
  • Yeti
$260.4M 2013
No Score Yet The Woodcarver
  • Ernest OttoErnest
2012
No Score Yet Small Fry
  • Hamm
2011
39% Cars 2
  • Mack
$191.5M 2011
No Score Yet Hawaiian Vacation
  • Hamm
2011
33% What If...
  • Mike the Angel
$0.9M 2010
99% Toy Story 3
  • Hamm
$415M 2010
98% Up
  • Construction Foreman Tom
$293M 2009
No Score Yet Our First Christmas
  • Actor
2008
80% The Village Barbershop
  • Arthur
2008
96% WALL-E
  • John
$223.8M 2008
96% Ratatouille
  • Mustafa
$112.5M 2007
2% Kickin' It Old Skool
  • Himself
$4.5M 2007
74% Cars
  • Mack/Hamm Truck
$244.1M 2006
No Score Yet John Ratzenberger's Made in America
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet John Ratzenberger
  • Actor
2006
97% The Incredibles
  • Underminer
2004
99% Finding Nemo
  • Fish School
$380.6M 2003
No Score Yet The Pennsylvania Miners' Story
  • Tom `Tuck' Foy
2002
96% Monsters, Inc.
  • Yeti
$34.1M 2001
No Score Yet Tick Tock
  • Clay Fairfield
2001
No Score Yet Determination of Death
  • Charlie Halloran
2001
100% Toy Story 2
  • Hamm
1999
No Score Yet Under Pressure
  • Al Calavito
1999
No Score Yet A Fare to Remember
  • Actor
1999
92% A Bug's Life
  • P.T. Flea
1998
No Score Yet Bad Day on the Block (Under Pressure) (The Fireman)
  • Actor
1997
28% One Night Stand
  • Phil
1997
13% That Darn Cat
  • Dusty
1997
No Score Yet Dog's Best Friend
  • Goat
1997
100% Toy Story
  • Hamm
1995
No Score Yet The Legend of the North Wind
  • Narrator
1992
No Score Yet Camp Cucamonga
  • Marvin Schector
1990
34% She's Having a Baby
  • Actor
1988
No Score Yet Going to the Chapel
  • Actor
1988
0% House II: The Second Story
  • Bill Towner
1987
No Score Yet Timestalkers (Time Stalkers)
  • General Joe Brodsky
1987
No Score Yet Combat High
  • Mr. Barnett
1986
87% Gandhi
  • American Lieutenant
1982
45% Firefox
  • Chief Peck
1982
No Score Yet Warlords of the 21st Century
  • Rusty
1982
90% Ragtime
  • Fireman
1981
No Score Yet Goliath Awaits
  • Bill Sweeney
1981
89% Superman II
  • Controller
1981
58% Outland
  • Tarlow
1981
No Score Yet The Good Soldier
  • Actor
1981
70% Motel Hell
  • Drummer
1980
94% Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back
  • Maj. Derlin
$4.6M 1980
No Score Yet Arabian Adventure
  • Achmed
1979
71% Yanks
  • Corporal Cook
1979
57% Hanover Street
  • Sgt. John Lucas
1979
No Score Yet Warlords of Atlantis
  • Fenn
1978
No Score Yet The Bitch
  • Hal
1978
50% Valentino
  • Newshound
1977
65% A Bridge Too Far
  • US Lieutenant
1977
88% Twilight's Last Gleaming
  • Sgt. Kopecki
1977
50% The Ritz
  • Patron
1976

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Hell's Kitchen
2005
  • Appearing
  • 2015
57% The McCarthys
2014-2015
  • Charlie Ellils
  • 2015
95% Legit
2013-2014
  • Walter
  • 2014
  • 2013
No Score Yet The Simpsons
1989
  • Voice
  • 2014
  • 1994
No Score Yet Bones
2005
  • Bill Schumacher
  • 2013
No Score Yet CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
2000-2015
  • Stu Kirchoff
  • 2013
  • 2000
No Score Yet Drop Dead Diva
2009-2014
  • Kim's Dad
  • 2012
No Score Yet Melissa & Joey
2010-2015
  • Arnie
  • 2011
No Score Yet Last Comic Standing
2003-2015
  • Appearing
  • 2008
No Score Yet Dancing With the Stars
2005
  • Actor
  • Reality cast member
  • Appearing
  • 2007
  • 2006
  • 2005
No Score Yet Frasier
1993-2004
  • Cliff Clavin
  • 2002
No Score Yet Cheers
1982-1993
  • Cliff Clavin
  • Director
  • 1993
  • 1992
  • 1991
  • 1990
  • 1989
  • 1988
  • 1987
  • 1986
  • 1985
  • 1984
  • 1983
  • 1982

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