George Wendt

George Wendt

Oct. 17th, 1948
Born in
Chicago, Illinois, USA
5' 8"

George Wendt's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
Cheers TV Show
Clipped TV Show
The Naked Truth TV Show
The Naked Truth
Modern Men TV Show
Modern Men
Making the Grade TV Show
Making the Grade
The Building TV Show
The Building
The Martin Short Show (1994) TV Show
The Martin Short Show (1994)
The George Wendt Show TV Show
The George Wendt Show
The Tortellis TV Show
The Tortellis

Main Movie Roles

Guest TV Roles

[none found]


George Wendt was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, USA. He attended a strict Jesuit prep school and then dropped out of Notre Dame University after a few uneventful years. He worked with the Windy City's famed Second City comedy troupe from 1974-1980. He is best known for playing Norm Peterson on the hit televison series, "Cheers" (1982). He is married to actress Bernadette Birkett, who provided the rare offscreen voice of Norm's unseen wife Vera. The couple have two sons and a daughter. They met while working at the Second City in Chicago.

  • Attended University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana for 2 years.
  • Uncle of 'Jason Sudeikis' (qv).
  • In a tribute George wrote for the Second City book, he said that when he joined Second City, it wasn't directly through the troupe as a performer. He had studied the shows for a while and befriended an employee whom he asked about joining. She told him to show up after a performance one day in the afternoon, which he subsequently did. The stage area was littered with cigarette butts, when the woman handed him a broom and said "Welcome to the theater, kid."
  • Children: Hilary Wendt (b. 1985), Joe Wendt (b. 1987) and Daniel Wendt (b. 1990) with 'Bernadette Birkett' (qv).
  • Along with 'John Ratzenberger' (qv), 'Richard Belzer' (qv) and 'Paul Fusco (I)' (qv), he is one of only four actors to play the same character (Hilary Norman 'Norm' Peterson) on six different shows: _"Cheers" (1982)_ (qv), _"Frasier" (1993)_ (qv), _"Wings" (1990)_ (qv), _"St. Elsewhere" (1982)_ (qv), _"The Tortellis" (1987)_ (qv) and _"The Simpsons" (1989)_ (qv). He has appeared in episodes of all six series with 'John Ratzenberger' (qv).
  • Played 'Macaulay Culkin' (qv)'s father in 'Michael Jackson (I)' (qv)'s video 'Black or White'.
  • Brother-in-law of 'Joe Birkett' (qv).
  • Along with 'Ted Danson' (qv) and 'Rhea Perlman' (qv), he is one of only three actors to appear in all 273 episodes of _"Cheers" (1982)_ (qv).

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