For ten years TV character actor Alan Koss appeared in the recurring role of Alan on some fifty episodes of CHEERS... Mr. Koss was born and raised in the Boston area, and is a graduate of Boston University... He served in the USMC in the late 1950s and became a professional actor in 1967, working in a Theatre Company of Boston production of "Marat-Sade", and then moving his young family (wife, June, and children Joanne and Michael) to New York City... A lover of golf and a willing donator of his time, Mr. Koss has been invited to appear at hundreds of charity fund-raisers throughout the U.S. and Canada to aid local halfway houses for drug and alchohol rehabilitation, shelters for battered wives and abused children, local schools and hospitals... He has helped national charities benefiting Cystic Fibrosis, Muscular Dystrophy, The March of Dimes, Red Cross, American Diabetes Association, American Lung Association, and The Heart Association... Alan has played golf, waited on tables, sung and joked, eaten gallons of chili, spoken with and signed pictures for thousands of people. He has talked and laughed with many who were terminally ill and cheered and hugged thousands of Special Olympians. Over the past twenty years Alan has played a part in raising over six million dollars for charity... In addition to his guest roles on TV and in movies, Alan has appeared in or his distinctive voice heard in thousands of TV and radio commercials.