John Ratzenberger

April 6th Celebrates John Ratzenberger

Today on Day’s to remember, we celebrate John Ratzenberger’s birthday.

I wasn’t too much of a “Cheers,” fan when the television series came out, which the actor John Ratzenberger became a regular on.

His father was of Austrian and Hungarian descent, and his mother was of Polish ancestry.

He attended St. Ann’s School in Bridgeport and Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut.

In 1969, Ratzenberger was a tractor operator at the Woodstock Festival. He moved to London in 1971 and stayed there for 10 years.

After returning to the United States, Ratzenberger auditioned for the television comedy Cheers. During the audition, he suggested creating a talkative, “know-it-all” character to the show’s writers, and showed them what he meant.

John started the improvisational comedy group, “Sal’s Meat Market”, in Bridgeport, Connecticut, while a student at Sacred Heart University, located in Fairfield/Bridgeport Connecticut. He was later affiliated with the ensemble group, “The Downtown Cabaret”. Coincidentally, he was a friend of Susan Ryan, the mother of Meg Ryan.

I remember John Ratzenberger by the numerous Pixar Films he voiced over.

Today’s YouTube presentation brought to you by user name, (Disney) gives you a little about how many voices John Ratzenberger played in the numerous Disney films. There’s short Geico commerical in the beginning but its well worth the wait for our feature presentation.

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 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.

Additionally, he has worked to raise awareness of juvenile diabetes.

As we celebrate John Ratzenberger birthday on April 6th we marvel at his remarkable talent.

Written & Designed by JD Mitchell
jdmitchelldesigns@gmail.com

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