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George Robert Wendt (born October 17, 1948) is an American actor, best known for the role of Norm Peterson on the television show Cheers. In 1981 George appeared on an episode of the TV series Taxi as an exterminator. George Wendt first appeared on the NBC sketch show Saturday Night Live in a Season 11 (1985–1986) episode where he shared hosting duties with director Francis Ford Coppola. In the early 1990s, Wendt made cameo appearances on several episodes of SNL as Bob Swerski, one of the Chicago Superfans (along with castmembers Chris Farley, Mike Myers, Robert Smigel, and one-time host, Joe Mantegna). Also, Wendt is the uncle of current SNL writer and cast member Jason Sudeikis. In 1991, Wendt played the father in Michael Jackson`s music video, Black or White. In 1994 he takes role in "Man Of The House" movie as Chet Bronski, the step father of Norman (Zachary Browne), and played on this stage with Chevy Chase, Jonathan Taylor Thomas and Farrah Fawcett. He also played the role of "Old Man Dunphy`s" closeted homosexual friend Joey in the 1999 film, Outside Providence. Wendt has since appeared as himself on Seinfeld and has reprised the character Norm Peterson on the The Simpsons as well as the Frasier episode "Cheerful Goodbyes". In 2003, Wendt appeared as a celebrity fisherman in the music video for Corba Verde`s "Riot Industry" along with Rudy Ray Moore (of "Dolemite" fame) and The Minutemen`s Mike Watt. He appeared in several episodes of The WB`s Sabrina, The Teenage Witch in 2001 as the title character`s boss. He also was the host of the A&E reality show, House of Dreams in 2004. In January 2006, Wendt was seen again on television screens as part of the cast of Modern Men.
He has also appear on The Larry Sanders Show as guest on the show. In May 2006, Wendt was seen yet again on television. He made several appearances on Late Night with Conan O`Brien where he performed short skits. His appearance on Late Night was in all likelihood because the show was having a week long event in his hometown of Chicago. He starred in a 2006 episode of Masters of Horror entitled "Family", directed by John Landis and played Santa Claus in the ABC Family original movie Santa Baby. Wendt performed alongside Richard Thomas in Twelve Angry Men in October 2006 in the Eisenhower Theater in Washington, D.C.. After the show opened, Wendt was interviewed by local movie critic Arch Campbell for a piece on the NBC Washington affiliate WRC. Wendt was asked, "What should people do when they see you around town?" After hesitating for a moment, Wendt held his thumbs up and replied, "If their impulse is to buy me a beer, then by all means, follow that impulse." In Spring 2007, Wendt performed in 12 Angry Men in Los Angeles. Wendt appeared as an American GI in the 2007 Christmas Special episode of British sitcom The Green Green Grass. George starred in the Broadway play Hairspray as the character of Edna Turnblad until November 2008. He appeared with his former Cheers costar John Ratzenberger as a talent scout on Last Comic Standing during Season 6. He briefly appeared as Santa Claus in A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All!. He guest voiced as "Norm" on Family Guy during the Season 7 episode Three Kings. On October 1, 2009, Wendt appeared on the Colbert Report the day before the IOC announces which city will host the 2016 Summer Olympics. In their way of supporting Chicago`s bid for the games, Wendt and Stephen Colbert humorously insulted the three other bidding cities, Rio de Janeiro, Madrid, and Tokyo, all while drinking Chicago`s favorite Old Style beer.
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Campion Jesuit High School, Prairie du Chien, WI
University of Notre Dame (Expelled after 2 years), BA Economics, Rockhurst College
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George Robert Wendt
George Robert Wendt III (born October 17, 1948) is an American actor, best known for the role of Norm Peterson on the television show Cheers.
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