Fast Facts

  • Grandfather Tom Howard, a news photographer, snapped the infamous 1928 picture of murderer Ruth Snyder at the moment of her execution in the electric chair at Sing Sing Prison. It appeared on the New York Daily News' front page.
  • Met his wife while both were members of Chicago's Second City comedy troupe.
  • Made his film debut in 1980's My Bodyguard.
  • Also played his beer-swilling Cheers character, Norm, on St. Elsewhere, The Tortellis, The Simpsons, Wings, Frasier, and Family Guy.
  • Is one of three original cast members to have appeared in all 273 episodes of Cheers; Ted Danson and Rhea Perlman are the other two.
  • Played Macaulay Culkin's father in Michael Jackson's "Black or White" video. Also appeared in videos for Ray Parker Jr.'s "Ghostbusters" and Soul Asylum's "Black Gold."

Awards

  • 1986, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 1988, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 1989, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 1987, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 1985, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 1998, Genie Awards — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: Nominee
  • 1984, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: Nominee

Relationships

  • Marti Doherty — Sister
  • Karen — Sister
  • Nancy Wendt Healy — Sister
  • Loretta Wendt — Mother
  • Mary Ann — Sister
  • Loretta Jolivette — Sister
  • Paul Wendt — Brother
  • Tom Wendt — Brother
  • Kathryn Sudeikis — Sister
  • Andrew — Stepson
  • Joe Wendt — Son
  • Joshua — Stepson
  • Tom Howard — Grandfather
  • Bernadette Birkett — Wife
  • Daniel Wendt — Son
  • Hilary Wendt — Daughter
  • Jason Sudeikis — Nephew
  • George R. Wendt Sr. — Father

College

  • Attended University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana, United States; Rockhurst College, Kansas City, Missouri, United States (BA in Economics, 1971)

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Details

  • Birth Name: George Robert Wendt
  • Birth Place: Chicago, Illinois, United States
  • Birthday: October 17, 1948, Libra
  • Profession: Actor

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