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John Ratzenberger Biography

Birth Name:
John Deszo Ratzenberger
Birth Place:
Bridgeport, Connecticut, United States
Actor, producer, director, playwright, author, entrepreneur

Fast Facts

  • Worked with actress Frances Sternhagen in 1981's sci-fi flick Outland; she was later cast as his character's mother on Cheers
  • His speaking part in Richard Attenborough's 1982 drama Gandhi was dubbed by Martin Sheen
  • Was the only Cheers cast member to have lived in Boston, where the show was set
  • Appeared as his Cheers alter ego on five other TV series along with costar George Wendt: The Tortellis, St
  • Elsewhere, Frasier, Wings and The Simpsons
  • Began a long and lucrative relationship with Pixar Animation Studios in 1995 as the voice of the perpetually inquisitive piggy bank named Hamm in the Toy Story movies
  • Helped create the organization ChildrenWithDiabetes
  • com, of which he is the chairman
  • Holds a red belt in karate
  • Stepped in as Vincent Pastore's replacement on the fourth season of Dancing With the Stars, partnering with pro Edyta Sliwinska
  • Is a senior fellow with Center for America, which focuses on social justice, with an emphasis on employment
  • He is a founder of Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs, which also pushes for job opportunities


  • 1986Emmy-Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: nominated


  • Nina Katherine Ratzenberger -- Daughter
  • Nina Kathrine Ratzenberger -- Daughter
  • Catarina Toumei -- Ex-fiancée
  • Lindsay McGrail -- Ex-fiancée
  • Caroline Ratzenberger -- Ex-wife
  • Elizabeth Georgia Stiny -- Ex-wife
  • Georgia Stiny -- Ex-wife
  • Deszo Alexander Ratzenberger -- Father
  • Bertha Grohowski -- Mother
  • Bertha Grohowski Ratzenberger -- Mother
  • James John Ratzenberger -- Son
  • Julie Blichfeldt -- Wife