John Ratzenberger


John Ratzenberger Trivia


  • Trivia

    • 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).

  • Quotes

    • John Ratzenberger: Hollywood has to, at some point, admit that what they produce does affect the minds of people.... If you just want to shock 'em... society will pay the price for that at some point

    • 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.

    • John Ratzenberger: In showbiz, you've gotta surround yourself with real, down-home people. They'll keep you straight.

    • John Ratzenberger: In L.A., though, people get off buses calling themselves actors, so many are really not professionals.

    • John Ratzenberger: I'm concerned about the insidious influence of the media's bad messages that undermine the lessons parents try to instill in their sons and daughters.

    • John Ratzenberger: I'd never been to acting school, so I never thought I'd get this far.

    • John Ratzenberger: I tell young actors, especially in L.A., give themselves an extra hour. Show up early and get the lay of the land.

    • John Ratzenberger: I started improvising the Cliff character, based on someone I grew up with.

    • John Ratzenberger: I direct as well, and actors have sauntered in to my auditions forty-five minutes late, not thinking anything of it.

    • John Ratzenberger: Hollywood has lost touch with their audience a long time ago.

    • John Ratzenberger: From what I can see, too many kids don't learn pride in their country anymore.

    • John Ratzenberger: The pollution they produce, market, sell, and show to billions around the world is at its core contemptuous of the country that gave them better lives than nearly 100 percent of everybody who's ever lived. And they pass that contempt along for everyone to see.

    • John Ratzenberger: There are technologies you couldn't predict at all when I started.

    • John Ratzenberger: There are times over different projects when I've asked the writers why people are swearing for no good reason. I tell them that it would be funnier if there weren't these swear words.

    • John Ratzenberger: They need to be re-supplied with energy, and that energy comes from asking not what your country can do for you, but from what you can do for your country.

    • John Ratzenberger: Two days later I got a call that they wanted to try out the character for seven episodes. Eleven years and 22 Emmys later, Cliff was still sitting at that bar.

    • John Ratzenberger: When I go to the garage to pick up my clubs, I clean the spider webs off.

    • John Ratzenberger: When you're trying to swim your way to the top, many will try to prevent you from getting there and lead you down bad paths.

    • John Ratzenberger: You'll be tested every single day.

    • John Ratzenberger: You've got to write for your audience.

    • John Ratzenberger: From the very first laugh at my desperation with the lines, I enjoyed it - I was hooked.

    • John Ratzenberger: Find people who share your values, and you'll conquer the world together.

    • John Ratzenberger: Diabetes affects my family. One of my kids is affected by it.

    • John Ratzenberger: But from what I can see all around me today, that America is fading fast, if it's not already gone.

    • John Ratzenberger: Before 1972, no actors got residuals. They just got paid. No residuals.

    • John Ratzenberger: All those great, classic shows from the '50s and '60s, and the syndicators are still making money (but) the actors aren't.

    • John Ratzenberger: After all, at end of the day, when you're breathing your last, it's not your producer, director, or cast mates by your bedside; it's your children. Keep that in mind.

    • John Ratzenberger: A farce, or slapstick humor, does well universally.