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ABOUT THE SHOW:
This classic series focuses on the colourful staff and off-beat patrons of a friendly Boston bar where “everybody knows your name.”
MEET THE CAST:
TED DANSON – Sam Malone
Ted Danson’s versatility in both television and film makes him one of the most accomplished actors today. From his feature film debuts in The Onion Field in 1979 and Body Heat in 1981, to his starring role in the television series Cheers, Danson has captivated worldwide audiences with his dramatic and comedic performances.
Danson charmed television audiences worldwide with his portrayal of tall, dark and handsome Sam Malone, a role he played for 12 years on Cheers. The role earned him Golden Globe Awards in 1990 and 1991, Emmy Awards in 1990 and 1993, as well as several additional Emmy nominations.
Danson made his return to network television in 1998 in Becker, for which he received a Golden Globe nomination in 2001. He also starred in the made-for-television movies It Must Be Love and Living with the Dead, both opposite his wife, Mary Steenburgen.
KIRSTIE ALLEY – Rebecca Howe
Kirstie Alley stars as Rebecca Howe, the cranky and conservative bar manager on Cheers. She displays her acting versatility by moving easily between films and television. Her big break came with her feature film debut as Lt. Saavik in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan in 1982. “When I was younger,” she says, “I used to pretend I was Spock’s daughter. It’s kind of ironic that my first movie role ended up being half-Vulcan!”
Alley starred opposite Patrick Swayze in the top-rated ABC miniseries North and South, then moved back to films, starring in such projects as One More Chance, Blind Date with Joseph Bottoms, Champions with John Hurt, and Runaway with Tom Selleck. Her other credits include a starring role in the hit film Summer School with Mark Harmon, and Shoot to Kill with Tom Berenger and Sidney Poitier. Alley also starred in the film Loverboy opposite Patrick Dempsey and in the box office hits Look Who’s Talking and the sequel Look Who’s Talking, Too, with John Travolta.
GEORGE WENDT – Norm Peterson
George Wendt plays Norm Peterson, the resident sports fan and pub regular in Cheers.
Prior to show business, Wendt got his laughs on the desert in Africa. A natural comedian, his first audience consisted of college chums with whom he camped out under the stars while traveling through Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia.
Acting as a viable profession first occurred to Wendt after he had attended a performance by Second City in Chicago. One year later, in 1987, he was hired by the company and became a professional satirist. Nothing But Comedy, a television pilot featuring Second City players, brought Wendt to Los Angeles. He then went on to guest-star in such TV series as Alice, Soap, Taxi, Hart to Hart and American Dream. Wendt also co-starred in a CBS TV series for Paramount Network Television, Making The Grade.
Wendt’s feature film credits include My Bodyguard, Jekyll & Hyde Together Again, The Woman In Red and Fletch. In 1985’s Gung-Ho, Wendt starred opposite Michael Keaton under Ron Howard’s direction.
KELSEY GRAMMER – Dr. Frasier Crane
Emmy-Award winner Kelsey Grammer introduced the neurotic and pompous but lovable Dr. Frasier Crane to the world in Cheers in 1984. Dr. Frasier Crane has captured the attention and the hearts of the American public as one of television’s most endearing characters and has earned Grammer abounding recognition and distinguished awards. To date he has won three Emmy® Awards and two Golden Globes for his portrayal of Dr. Frasier Crane and has been nominated for 12 Emmys for his portrayal of Dr. Frasier Crane in three different series (Cheers, Wings, and Frasier).
Grammer joined Cheers in 1984, and prior to Cheers, Grammer’s television credits included roles on the daytime dramas Another World, One Life to Live, and Guiding Light. He also made a guest appearance in the premiere episode of Kate and Allie and had parts in the miniseries Kennedy and the NBC movies London Suite, Dance ’til Dawn, Beyond Suspicion and The Innocent. In 1996 he hosted an hour-long salute to Jack Benny for NBC for which he served as executive-producer.
RHEA PERLMAN – Carla Tortelli
Rhea Perlman is best known for her role as Carla in the long-running hit comedy Cheers.
After the conclusion of Cheers, Perlman tried her weight with her own sitcom, Pearl. Although the series didn’t last, Perlman has been seen in numerous guest appearances in such television series as Kevin Hill, Becker, Frasier, and Taxi. She’s also appeared in many features, including: Canadian Bacon, Matilda and Sunset Park.
Her appearance on Taxi introduced her to Danny DeVito. The two have been married since 1982 making the couple one of the longest Hollywood marriages. The couple lives in Los Angeles with their two children.
SHELLEY LONG – Diane Chambers
Shelley Long attended Northwestern University as a drama major, but dropped out of school to pursue a career in modeling and acting. While in Chicago, Shelley co-hosted a local TV show called Sorting It Out. In addition, she joined the famed Second City comedy troupe and it was there she was discovered by two representatives from ABC television. The network offered her a contract, and soon ABC had Shelley working on pilots for them–two variety shows called That Thing On ABC and That Second Thing On ABC, before she landed the starring role of Diane Chambers on Cheers.
In the 1990’s, Shelley kept acting–she made guest appearances on the Cheers spinoff Frasier, Murphy Brown, and Boston Common. Shelley also became the new Carol Brady in the Brady Bunch films The Brady Bunch Movie and A Very Brady Sequel.
NICHOLAS COLASANTO – Ernie “Coach” Pantusso
Nicholas Colasanto plays absent-minded bartender and ex-baseball coach Ernie Pantusso in Cheers.
At the age of 28, Nick got sidetracked to Broadway while on his way to a job with an oil company in Saudi Arabia. Having used up his G.I. Bill, the Bryant College business graduate moonlighted as a waiter, bartender and dishwasher for five years before achieving a measure of success as an off-Broadway actor. He also taught acting for a little more than eight years and served as a director at the Actors Studio in New York before heading for Hollywood.
Colasanto has directed over 97 TV shows, including Bonanza, Starsky and Hutch, Columbo, NYPD, Little Women, and Hawaii Five-O. As an actor, he has appeared in Alfred Hitchcock’s The Family Plot, John Houston’s Fat City and portrayed the Mafia chief in Martin Scorsese’s Raging Bull.
JOHN RATZENBERGER – Cliff Claven
While at college, John Ratzenberger and a friend started an improvisational group, moved to England, and began performing. While in England, John landed roles in two English films, A Bridge Too Far, and Yanks.
Rumour has it that when John auditioned for Cheers, he originally auditioned for the role of Norm Peterson, but suggested that a trivia-spouting character be added to the cast. John landed the role of mama’s boy mailman Cliff Clavin and held onto it for the show’s 11-year run. John directed several episodes of Cheers as well.
John has had minor roles in 1980’s Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back and Superman II. Since Cheers, John has directed several sitcoms and made guest appearances on Murphy Brown, Sister, Sister, Caroline in the City, That 70’s Show, The Drew Carey Show, and Frasier. He has made quite a career out of voice over work as well. John’s voice is featured in Pixar Animation films– he is the voice of Ham in the Toy Story series, PT Flea in A Bug’s Life and the Abominable Snowman in Monsters Inc.
WOODY HARRELSON – Woody Boyd
In 1985, Woodrow “Woody” Tracy Harrelson was cast in Cheers as the innocent, endearing farm boy bartender Woody Boyd (the producers had named the character Woody before he auditioned for the role.) In 1989 he won an Emmy for his work and stayed with the show until 1993.
While on Cheers he managed to create a film career for himself. Credits include Doc Hollywood, White Men Can’t Jump and Indecent Proposal. Post-Cheers, he has had major roles in Natural Born Killers, The People vs. Larry Flynt, Kingpin, The Thin Red Line, and Edtv to name a few.
In terms of television, Woody has made guest appearances on Spin City, Ellen, Frasier, and in 2001, Woody had a recurring role on Will & Grace.
BEBE NEUWIRTH – Dr. Lilith Sternin-Crane
Bebe Neurwith is a versatile actress who has earned awards for her work on the big and small screens, as well as in the theater.
Neuwirth won two Emmy Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series in 1990 and 1991 for her role as Lilith on Cheers. Her additional TV credits include guest-starring roles in Blue Bloods and The Good Wife, Wild Palms, Dash and Lily, Law & Order: Trial by Jury and Bored to Death.
Her feature film credits include Green Card, Summer of Sam, Celebrity, Liberty Heights, Bugsy, Jumanji, The Faculty, Adopt a Sailor, The Paint Job, and Fame.
She has won Tony Awards for her performances in Sweet Charity and Chicago, for which she also won a Drama Desk Award. Neuwirth has done voice over work for many feature films and television shows, including All Dogs Go to Heaven 2, An Extremely Goofy Movie, Aladdin: The Series and various PBS children’s shows.