George Wendt

 

Date Of Birth

October 17, 1948
 

Biography

Actor and comedian George Wendt was born on October 17, 1948 in Chicago, Illinois. He initially studied at the University of Notre Dame, but was kicked out after failing all the subjects he took in a semester. He eventually graduated with a degree in economics at the Rockhurst College in Kansas City.

Wendt was part of the Chicago-based comedy troupe The Second City. After being inspired to join after one viewing, he was initially assigned to sweep cigarette butts off the theater floor. Eventually, he progressed to become one of the performers, and his experiences there led to screen roles in the 1980s. He began by playing bit roles in films such as Somewhere In Time, as well as guest roles in series such as Taxi, Soap and M*A*S*H.

However, Wendt is best known for his role in the successful sitcom Cheers. He played Norm Peterson, a regular customer at Cheers, who began as an accountant who eventually loses his job and becomes a housepainter. He played the character throughout Cheers’ eleven-year run, and also reprised his character in its spin-offs The Tortellis and Frasier, other series Wings and St. Elsewhere, and an episode of The Simpsons.

Wendt is also known for his numerous appearances in Saturday Night Live. After his first appearance in 1985 as a guest co-host (with Francis Ford Coppola), he later made several cameo appearances in some sketches, notably as Bob Swerski, one of the Chicago Superfans. His SNL connection continues to date, as he is the uncle of current cast member Jason Sudeikis.

Apart from these, Wendt also had a recurring role in Sabrina the Teenage Witch, and appeared in other programs such as Modern Men, House of Dreams, Madigan Men and Becker. He has also returned to the stage, recently playing the role of Edna Turnblad in the Broadway revival of the musical Hairspray. In 2010, he appeared on series like Cubed and Ghost Whisperer. He followed this up with a role in the series Hot in Cleveland.
 

Place of Birth

Chicago, Illinois
 

Birth Name

George Robert Wendt
 

Gender

Male
 

Filmography

2011: Hot in Cleveland (TV series) - Yoder
2010: Ghost Whisperer (TV series) - George the Plumber
2010: Cubed (TV series) - George Wendt
2009: Santa Buddies (video) - Santa Claus
2009: Opposite Day - Corporate Exec #1
2007-2009: Family Guy (TV series) - Norm Peterson (voice)
2008: A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All! (TV movie) - Santa
2008: Bryan Loves You - Mr. Flynn
2008: Clean Break - Chuck
2007: The Green Green Grass (TV series) - Cliff Cooper
2007: Larry the Cable Guy's Christmas Spectacular (TV movie) - Santa Claus
2007: Saturday Morning - Harold
2007: LA Blues - Mickey
2007: Imperfect Union (TV movie) - Duke
2006: Santa Baby (TV movie) - Santa Claus
2006: Masters of Horror (TV series) - Harold Thompson
2006: Modern Men (TV series) - Tug/Tug Clarke
2006: Guy Walks Into a Bar (TV movie)
2005: Kids in America - Coach Thompson
2005: Edmond - Pawn Shop Owner
2005: As Seen on TV (short) - Donald
2005: The Life Coach - George
2004: The Gift of the Magi (short) - Shopkeeper
2004: Rock Me, Baby (TV series) - Monty
2004: House of Dreams (TV series) - Host
1991-2003: Saturday Night Live (TV series) - Bob Swerski
2003: King of the Ants - Duke Wayne
2003: My Dinner with Jimi - Bill Uttley
2002: Frasier (TV series) - Norm Peterson
2001-2002: Sabrina, the Teenage Witch (TV series) - Mike Shelby
2002: Teddy Bears' Picnic - General Edison 'Pete' Gerberding
2002: Becker (TV series) - Frank
2001: Strange Relations (TV movie) - Howard
2001: Odessa or Bust (short) - The Chef
2001: Prairie Dogs (short) - Actor
2001: Robertson's Greatest Hits (TV movie) - Tom Robertson
2000: Madigan Men (TV series) - Carl
2000: Wild About Harry - Frankie
2000: The Prime Gig - Archie
2000: The Pooch and the Pauper (TV movie) - Sheldon Sparks
2000: The List (TV series) - Guest Host
2000: Lakeboat - First Mate Collins
2000: Garage: A Rock Saga - Pitching Coach
1999: Outside Providence - Joey
1999: Alice in Wonderland (TV movie) - Fred Tweedledee
1998: Rupert's Land - Ivan Bloat
1998: Alien Avengers II (TV movie) - Charlie
1998: Dennis the Menace Strikes Again! (video) - Policeman
1998: Anarchy TV - Abbey Archer
1997: The Naked Truth (TV series) - Les Polonsky
1997: Spice World - Film Producer
1997: The Lovemaster - Therapist
1997: The Price of Heaven (TV movie) - Sam
1997: Alien Avengers (TV movie) - Charlie
1996: Spin City (TV series) - Dan Donaldson
1996: Space Truckers - Keller
1995: Bye Bye Birdie (TV movie) - Harry MacAfee
1995: Shame II: The Secret (TV movie)
1995: Columbo (TV series) - Graham McVeigh
1995: The George Wendt Show (TV series) - George Coleman
1995: Man of the House - Chet Bronski (Chief Running Horse)
1994: The Simpsons (TV series) - Norm Peterson
1994: The Little Rascals - Lumberyard Clerk
1994: The Larry Sanders Show (TV series) - George Wendt
1994: Hostage for a Day (TV movie) - Warren Kooey
1993: The Building (TV series) - Cappucino Guy
1982-1993: Cheers (TV series) - Norm Peterson
1993: Dangerous: The Short Films (video short) - Father ('Black or White' video)
1992: Forever Young - Harry Finley
1992: Seinfeld (TV series) - George Wendt
1992: Roc (TV series) - Stan Mason
1991: Black or White (video short) - Father
1991: Tales from the Crypt (TV series) - Mr. Crosswhite
1991: Guilty by Suspicion - Bunny Baxter
1990: Wings (TV series) - Norm Peterson
1990: Masters of Menace - Dr. Jack Erheart
1990: Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color (TV series) - Norm Peterson
1989: Cranium Command (short) - Stomach
1989: Day by Day (TV series) - Stan
1988: The 40th Annual Emmy Awards (TV movie) - Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
1988: Mickey's 60th Birthday (TV movie) - Norm Peterson
1988: Plain Clothes - Chet Butler
1987: The Tortellis (TV series) - Norm Peterson
1986: The Twilight Zone (TV series) - Barney Schlesinger
1986: Gung Ho - Buster
1986: House - Harold Gorton
1985: Fletch - Fat Sam
1985: St. Elsewhere (TV series) - Norm Peterson
1985: The Romance of Betty Boop (TV movie) (voice)
1984: No Small Affair - Jake
1984: Garfield in the Rough (TV short) - Ranger #2 (voice)
1984: Thief of Hearts - Marty Morrison
1983: Garfield on the Town (TV short) - Ràoul (voice)
1983: Super Bowl XVII Pre-Game Show (TV movie) - Norm Peterson
1983: Journey's End (TV movie)
1983: Likely Stories, Vol. 4 (TV movie)
1982: Airplane II: The Sequel - Ticket Agent
1982: Jekyll and Hyde... Together Again - Injured Man
1982: M*A*S*H (TV series) - Pvt. La Roche
1982: Making the Grade (TV series) - Gus Bertoia
1982: Alice (TV series) - Monty
1981: Taxi (TV series) - The Exterminator
1981: Soap (TV series) - Counterman
1981: Hart to Hart (TV series) - Sergeant Tate
1980: Somewhere in Time - Student
1980: My Bodyguard - Engineer
1980: Bronco Billy - Bartender
1980: Avery Schreiber Live from the Second City (TV movie)
1978: A Wedding - Caterer

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