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Meet the Experts: John Ratzenberger

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John Ratzenberger

Actor, Author and Entrepreneur


John Ratzenberger is a multi-Emmy-nominated actor and accomplished screenwriter, director, producer, author and entrepreneur.  He may be best known for playing mail carrier Cliff Clavin on the long-running NBC sitcom “Cheers.” Though never a postman in real life, he worked as a carpenter, archery instructor and oyster boat crewman, and also created and starred in the Travel Channel series “Made in America,” which spotlighted U.S.-made goods and workers. Along with work in feature films, from major studio blockbusters like Superman and Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back to independent films like the recent drama The Woodcarver, animation has been a natural home to his versatile vocal talents. Ratzenberger is the only actor to participate in every Pixar film. Beginning with the charming and witty Hamm the Piggy Bank in Toy Story, reprised in Toy Story 2 and 3, there came P.T. Flea in A Bug’s Life, Yeti the Abominable Snowman in Monsters, Inc., a school of moonfish in Finding Nemo, the Underminer in The Incredibles, Mack the truck in Cars/Cars 2, Mustafa the waiter in Ratatouille, John in WALL-E, and Tom the construction worker in Up and Gordon in Brave. He is currently a recurring character on the FX hit TV show, LEGIT.

Ratzenberger co-authored We've Got it Made in America: A Common Man's Salute to an Uncommon Country.  He also co-founded the Nuts, Bolts and Thingamajigs Foundation, dedicated to encouraging young people to explore careers in manufacturing.