George Wendt

Actor, Director, Construction worker
A hefty, curly-haired supporting player, George Wendt gained national recognition as Norm Peterson, the beer-swilling accountant-turned-housepainter-and-sometime-decorator on the long-running NBC sitcom "Cheers" ... Read more »
Born: 10/16/1948 in Chicago, Illinois, USA

Filmography

Actor (110)

Clipped 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Actor

Comedy Bang! Bang! 2015 (Tv Show)

Himself

Franklin & Bash 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Kirstie 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

My Dinner With Jimi 2014 (Movie)

Bill Uttley (Actor)

Merry-In-Laws 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

Portlandia 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Seven Year Hitch 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

Kickin' It 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Harry's Law 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Hot in Cleveland 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Ghost Whisperer 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Larry the Cable Guy's Christmas Spectacular 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Last Comic Standing 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Wanna Bet? 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

A Guy Walks Into a Bar 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Host

Bryan Loves You 2007 (Movie)

Mr. Flynn (Actor)

Edmond 2006 (Movie)

Pawn Shop Owner (Actor)

Masters of Horror 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Modern Men 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2005 Radio Music Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Kids in America 2005 (Movie)

Coach Thompson (Actor)

George Lopez 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Rock Me Baby 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Great American Celebrity Spelling Bee 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

King Of The Ants 2003 (Movie)

(Actor)

Becker 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Bob 1990 - 1993, 1996 - 1997, 2000 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Frasier 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Primetime Glick 1996 - 1997, 2000 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Roc 1990 - 1991, 1996 - 1997, 2000 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Sabrina, the Teenage Witch 2001 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Spin City 1990 - 1993, 1996 - 1997, 2000 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Strange Relations 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Teddy Bear's Picnic 2002 (Movie)

General Edison "Pete" Gerberding (Actor)

The Prime Gig 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Wings 1990 - 1991, 1996 - 1997, 2000 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Lakeboat 2001 (Movie)

Collins (Actor)

Madigan Men 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

TV Funhouse 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Thanks For The Memories 2001 (Movie)

(Actor)

Wild About Harry 2001 (Movie)

(Actor)

Alice in Wonderland 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Outside Providence 1999 (Movie)

Joey (Actor)

Dennis the Menace Strikes Again 1998 (Movie)

Cop (Actor)

Rupert's Land 1998 (Movie)

(Actor)

Spice World 1998 (Movie)

Film Producer (Actor)

Anarchy TV 1997 (Movie)

(Actor)

Space Truckers 1997 (Movie)

Mr Keller (Actor)

The Lovemaster 1997 (Movie)

Therapist (Actor)

The Naked Truth 1996 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

Comic Relief American Comedy Festival 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The 10th Annual American Comedy Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Man of the House 1995 (Movie)

Chet Bronski (Actor)

The George Wendt Show 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The Martin Short Show 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

45th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The Little Rascals 1994 (Movie)

Lumberyard Clerk (Actor)

The Simpsons 1994 (Tv Show)

Voice

Last Call!: A Cheers' Celebration 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The Building 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The Edge 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

A Comedy Salute to Michael Jordan 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Comic Relief V 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Dangerous 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Forever Young 1992 (Movie)

Harry (Actor)

The 44th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Toonces, the Cat Who Could Drive a Car 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Cheers: Special 200th Episode Celebration 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Guilty By Suspicion 1991 (Movie)

Bunny Baxter (Actor)

The Reluctant Vampire 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Disneyland's 35th Anniversary Celebration 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Masters of Menace 1990 (Movie)

(Actor)

The 16th Annual People's Choice Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Time Warner Presents the Earth Day Special 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

55th Annual King Orange Jamboree Parade 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Improv Tonight 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Mickey's 60th Birthday Special 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Cheers 1985, 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Never Say Die 1988 (Movie)

Witten (Actor)

Plain Clothes 1988 (Movie)

Chet Butler (Actor)

Comic Relief 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Gung Ho 1986 (Movie)

Buster (Actor)

House 1986 (Movie)

Harold Gorton (Actor)

Fletch 1985 (Movie)

Fat Sam (Actor)

The Romance of Betty Boop 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Voice

The Second City 25th Anniversary Special 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Dreamscape 1984 (Movie)

Charlie Prince (Actor)

No Small Affair 1984 (Movie)

Jake (Actor)

The Ratings Game 1984 (Movie)

Mr Sweeney (Actor)

Thief of Hearts 1984 (Movie)

Marty Morrison (Actor)

M*A*S*H 1972 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Airplane II: the Sequel 1982 (Movie)

Agent at Counter (Actor)

My Bodyguard 1980 (Movie)

Engineer (Actor)

Somewhere in Time 1980 (Movie)

Student (Actor)

Alien Avengers (TV Show)

Actor

Alien Avengers II (TV Show)

Actor

Bye Bye Birdie (TV Show)

Actor

Columbo: Strange Bedfellows (TV Show)

Actor

Garfield in the Rough (TV Show)

Voice

Garfield on the Town (TV Show)

Voice

Good Company (TV Show)

Actor

Hostage For a Day (TV Show)

Actor

Santa Baby (TV Show)

Actor

Shame II: The Secret (TV Show)

Actor

The Pooch and the Pauper (TV Show)

Actor

The Price of Heaven (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (1)

King Of The Ants 2003 (Movie)

(Co-Producer)

Biography

A hefty, curly-haired supporting player, George Wendt gained national recognition as Norm Peterson, the beer-swilling accountant-turned-housepainter-and-sometime-decorator on the long-running NBC sitcom "Cheers" (1982-93), parlaying his sudsmeister image into a run as pitchman for a national brewery. A native of Chicago, Wendt spent two years traveling throughout Europe and North Africa after earning a degree in economics, before returning home and enrolling in the Second City comedy troupe's acting workshop. Graduating to their company, he performed with the group from 1974-80. The NBC comedy pilot featuring Second City players, "Nothing But Comedy", brought him to Los Angeles where he made his feature debut in "My Bodyguard" (1980).

Relationships

Andrew

Step-Son
born 1970

Joshua

Step-Son
born September 12, 1968

Bernadette Birkett

Wife
has three children with Wendt appeared on "It's Garry Shandling's Show" and "Cheers" married in 1978 met at Second City

Jason Sudeikis Actor

Nephew
Regular performer on "Saturday Night Live" (NBC)

Hilary Wendt

Daughter
born c. 1985

Daniel Wendt

Son
born c. 1990

Joe Wendt

Son
born c. 1987

EDUCATION

Rockhurst College

Kansas City , Missouri

University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame , Indiana
kicked out after the first year for having a 0.00 grade point

Milestones

2010

Cast as Santa in the Broadway musical adaptation of the 2003 comedy "Elf"

2008

Appeared as Santa on the Comedy Central special, "A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All!"

2005

Played a high school coach in the coming-of-age comedy "Kids in America"

2001

Had a recurring role on the ABC series "Sabrina, the Teenage Witch"

2000

Starred in the Off-Broadway production "Empty Plate"

1998

Made Broadway bow in "Art" with Judd Hirsh and Joe Morton

1998

Appeared alongside Stacy Keach and David Dukes in the London production of "Art"

1997

Returned to series TV as co-star of the NBC sitcom "The Naked Truth"; stayed with the show for half a season

1997

Played Sam in CBS TV-movie "The Price of Heaven," directed by Peter Bogdanovich

1995

Headlined the short-lived CBS sitcom "The George Wendt Show"

1995

Appeared as Mr. MacAfee in ABC remake of "Bye Bye Birdie"

1994

Starred in Fox TV-movie "Hostage For a Day" as a man who stages his own abduction to get away from his overbearing wife and miserable job; directed by John Candy

1993

Made NYC stage debut, "Wild Men!"

1991

Received third-billing (behnd Robert De Niro and Annette Bening) in Irwin Winkler's Hollywood blacklist drama, "Guilty By Suspicion"; played a screenwriter who is the best friend of De Niro's character

1986

Portrayed Buster, a welder at the plant who finds himself chafing under the new Japanese regime, in "Gung Ho"

1985

Played Fat Sam in "Fletch", starring Chevy Chase

1984

Had a supporting role in "Dreamscape"

1982

Cast as barfly Norm Peterson on the NBC sitcom "Cheers"; nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series (1984-89)

1980

Made feature debut with "My Bodyguard"

1974

Joined the Second City comedy troupe

Bonus Trivia

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Wendt, a six-time Emmy nominee for his portrayal of Norm Peterson on "Cheers", made his TV directing debut at the helm of a "Cheers" episode.

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Wendt has hosted NBC's "Saturday Night Live" and appeared frequently on it as Chicago "super-fan" Bob Swerski.

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In a rare dramatic turn, Wendt played the title role in a BBC adaptation of the classic Russian novel "Oblomov". Filmed entirely in the former Soviet Union. To date, it has not aired in the USA.

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Wendt was hospitalized Oct. 28, 2012 for chest pains. The actor dropped out of a Chicago production of "The Odd Couple" to make a full recovery.

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