John Ratzenberger

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Quotes (34)

  • John Ratzenberger: So many people aren't ready for Hollywood - professionally or practically.

  • John Ratzenberger: Sure, the comedians who swear or use scatological humor can get laughs, but they're uncomfortable laughs.

  • John Ratzenberger: Take Laurel and Hardy, or Charlie Chaplan - Everyone thinks it's funny when a guy leans down to get water, stands back up, and knocks over an ironing board.

  • John Ratzenberger: The fact is that in another generation, at least half of all native-born Americans won't have learned about patriotism even by osmosis.

  • John Ratzenberger: The last thing on my mind was to be an actor, but I had a crush on a cute girl in the drama department, so the best thing for me to do was audition, help out, do carpentry, whatever it took to get me on that project.

  • John Ratzenberger: So many actors have sheer guts, will, and determination; they just need some preparation.

  • John Ratzenberger: On my visits back home, if they saw that I was getting a big head, they'd let me know right away.

  • John Ratzenberger: It appalls me that the people who decide what Americans will be watching on the tube have never been to the United States. Not the real United States.

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Trivia (6)

  • John Raztenberger contributed his voice for a small role in the English version of the Japanese animated hit Spirited Away.

  • While starring in Cheers, John appeared in 3 public service announcements for NBC's The More You Know. His topics were stay in school, reading, and a teacher tribute.

  • In 1989, John developed packaging alternatives made from biodegradable and non-toxic recycled paper as a safe alternative to Styrofoam "peanuts" and plastic bubble wrap. The first product, Quadra-pack, became an international success with clients including Hallmark, Elizabeth Arden, and Nordstrom.

  • In 1996 John recieved The 'Father of the Year' Award by the Father's Day Council of America.

  • At first John was going for the role of Norm Peterson, when he felt he wasn't going to get it he made up a character and told the producers about him and then Cliff Clavin was made up.

  • John is the only person to voice a character in all 7 of Pixar Animation's feature films - as Hamm in Toy Story (1995), PT Flea in Bug's Life, A (1998), Hamm again in Toy Story 2 (1999), the Abominable Snowman in Monsters, Inc. (2001), School Fish in Finding Nemo (2003), the Underminer in The Incredibles (2004), and Mack in the upcoming Cars (2006).