Full Name: George Robert Wendt III
Birthdate: October 17, 1948
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Known for: His acting role in the television sitcom ‘Cheers’.
Family: Tom Howard (Grandfather), Jason Sudeikis (Nephew), Loretta Mary (Mother), George Robert Wendt (Father), Hilary Wendt, Joe Wendt, and Daniel Wendt (Sons)
George Wendt is a movie star and humourist from the United States. He found fame in the highly-rated television comedy series Cheers, where he played the role of a barfly, Hilary Norman Peterson. He received critical acclaim for his comic artistry in cheers and received several Primetime Emmy Award nominations. George Wendt also had movie roles in important films like Man of the house, Forever Young, House, Dreamscape, Gung Ho and Fletch.
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Family and Personal life
George Wendt spent much of his childhood in Chicago, Illinois. His father, George Wendt, was a Naval official and a real estate agent. His grandfather, Tom Howard, was a famous photographer in the 1920s. George has ancestral roots in Ireland and Germany.
He completed his high school education at Wisconsin’s Jesuit boarding school, Campion Jesuit High School. Due to abysmal academic performance in his first year of studies, he voluntarily withdrew from University of Notre Dame du Lac, Indiana. He later earned a degree in economics from private Jesuit university in Missouri, Rockhurst University. His nephew, Jason Sudeikis is a popular American comedian and actor.
George Wendt is a former trainee of The second city, where he finished in 1975, he joined the theatre troupe after his university education. He was temporarily a floor sweeper after his entree into the theatre business. He also found the love of his life, Bernadette Birkett at Second City. She (Bernadette Birkett) starred in cheers where she played an unseen character, Vera.
In 1980, George starred in the teen comedy movie My Bodyguard where he played the role of a fixer at a popular hotel in Chicago. George Wendt played a movie role as a killer in the 1981 television series taxi. In 1982, he starred in the television series Soap, M*A*S*H and parody movie Airplane II: The Sequel.
George Wendt starred in the series Cheers, playing the role of Norm Peterson, where he was nominated six times for the Primetime Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series. He had a short stint on the television show Saturday Night Live between 1988 and 1990. He also starred in the movie Never Say Die in 1988. He also starred in the BBC sponsored movie Oblomov and made a cameo appearance in Michael Jackson’s Black and White. Between 1991 and 1992, he starred in cinematic flicks Forever Young and Guilty by Suspicion.
In order to further boost his popularity after his movie role on cheers, George Wendt, in collaboration with CBS, aired a television comedy series The George Wendt Show which was shown on television in 1995. The series had abysmal ratings and was phased out. In 1995, George Wendt starred in crime drama Columbo. He also made an appearance on The Simpsons, Seinfeld, Becker and Family Guy. George Wendt starred in comedy movies Man of the House and Outside providence between 1994 and 1999.
George Wendt joined the theatre production of Art in 1998, where he joined movie stars like Stacy Keach, Joe Morton, David Dukes and Judd Hirsch.
Between 2003 to 2006, George Wendt starred in Sabrina, The Teenage Witch, Modern men and House of Dreams. He also made a cameo appearance in Cobra Verde’s music video for the song Riot industry. In 2006 and 2007, He made a cameo appearance in talk shows like Late Night with Conan O’ Brien and The Larry Sanders Show. He also played movie roles in Masters of Horror and Twelve Angry Men. Between 2007 and 2009, George Wendt made an appearance in television comedy series like The Green Green Grass, Last Comic Standing, Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All!, Bryan Loves You, Opposite Day.
Between 2010 and 2011, George Wendt participated in the musical Hairspray. It was shown in Canada during the Charlottetown Festival. He also starred in Elf the Musical and made a short appearance in Hot in Cleveland. He extensively promoted theatre activities in his hometown Chicago, together with Martha Plimpton, John Malkovich, John Mahoney and Terry Kinney. In 2013, George Wendt made a cameo appearance in movies Portlandia and Lost Highway.
George Wendt, in 2013, starred in a television advertisement for State Farm Insurance. He later appeared in the comedy Never Too Late. His wife also joined the cast for the comedy filmed in Kansas.
Between 2016 and 2017, George Wendt appeared in theatrical plays like Funnyman (which he starred with Tim Kazurinsky), Hairspray, The Fabulous Lipstones and Death of a salesman. George Wendt also starred in the television comedy series Clipped in 2015.