You might know John as Cliff Clavin from Cheers, Major Bren Derlin from the Empire Strikes Back, Hamm from Toy Story 1-4, Mack from Cars 1-3, P.T. Flea from A Bug’s Life, Underminer from Incredibles 1&2, Juan Ortodoncia from Coco, Yeti from Monsters Inc., Gordon from Brave, John from WALL-E, or any of a dozen other characters from every Pixar movie ever made. We are thrilled that he decided to join us on June 15th and 16th — only 6 days before the release of the much-anticipated summer blockbuster movie Toy Story 4.
John Ratzenberger is best known for playing mail carrier ‘Cliff Clavin’ on one of the most popular sitcoms of all time “Cheers.” He had read for the part of Norm Peterson, but after the audition, he could tell they weren’t going to give him the part. Sensing an opportunity, he asked if they had written a “bar know-it-all”, which the producers decided was a great idea. Cliff became known for his outlandish stories of plausible half‐truths, irrelevant trivia, and ignorant misinformation, and was known for being an overall pretentious blowhard.
Star Wars fans world wide know John for his role as ‘Major Derlin’ as seen in “Star Wars The Empire Strikes Back” and those same fans will recognize him from another huge franchise; “Superman 1 & 2”! Horror fans remember him from “House II” and “Motel Hell”, films which are on the opposite side of the spectrum when it comes to what kids know him for today
John’s popularity has crossed over from the sitcom, Sci-Fi and fantasy worlds into another huge demographic, being recognized by kids off all ages for his various roles in the Disney/Pixar animated films! John is the only actor to voice a character in every single Pixar film ever made. A running “gag” that he and director John Lasseter decided on together. John never tells fans which character he voices, he wants them to be surprised and figure it out for themselves when they see the film. John can currently be heard in the new films “Coco” and “The Incredibles 2” and will be reprising his character’s role of Hamm for the highly anticipated film “Toy Story 4”!
Ratzenberger still makes regular television appearances. He performed on Dancing with the Stars in 2007. From 2004 to 2008, he produced and hosted the Travel Channel documentary series from 2003 to 2008 called Made in America, for which he traveled nationwide, visiting American manufacturers and learning how everyday items are made. He also wrote a tie-in book about the series, We’ve Got it Made in America: A Common Man’s Salute to an Uncommon Country which was published in 2006.
Beyond his acting career, Ratzenberger has spoken out on a number of social issues. As a co-owner of the company Eco-Pack, he produced environmentally conscious packaging materials. He also co-founded Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs, a foundation aimed at encouraging young people to explore careers in manufacturing, and is involved in the nationwide Mobile Outreach Skills Training program.