If you want to go to a bar “where everybody knows your name,” all you have to do is flip through the channels until you find a rerun of Cheers. Since the award-winning show premiered on NBC in September of 1982, the famous Boston watering hole has become a favorite of millions of viewers across the country.
It’s been 20 years since the legendary sitcom ended, so whether you’re curious or are just feeling a little sentimental about your favorite bar flies, check out what the members of the cast are doing now.
Ted Danson: Sam Malone
Since starring as charming bartender Sam Malone and garnering nine Emmy nominations (and two wins) for his performance, Ted Danson has been quite busy on TV. He has had major roles on Becker, Damages, Bored to Death and CSI as well as a recurring role on Curb Your Enthusiasm playing himself.
Rhea Perlman: Carla Tortelli
Wisecracking waitress Carla Tortelli is still, undoubtedly, Rhea Perlman’s most recognizable role—she did win four Emmys for her work, after all. (She was nominated every year that the show aired but one.) Since her time on Cheers, Perlman’s best-known role was in the 1996 movie Matilda, which was directed by her husband, Danny DeVito. She’s also had guest spots on multiple TV shows and wrote the children’s book series Otto Undercover.
George Wendt: Norm Peterson
Since playing the lovable, beer-guzzling Norm Peterson (Norm!), George Wendt has appeared on various TV shows, including his own short-lived sitcom The George Wendt Show. He’s also appeared as Santa Claus multiple times, including in the made-for-TV Santa Baby and Merry In-Laws, the direct-to-video Santa Buddies, Stephen Colbert’s 2008 Christmas special and in a Broadway production of Elf. Most recently, he guest-starred on hit IFC comedy Portlandia.
John Ratzenberger: Cliff Clavin
Cheers just wouldn’t be the same without John Ratzenberger’s know-it-all mailman Cliff Clavin. But unbelievably, Ratzenberger originally pitched the show’s creators another character who was rejected. Fortunately, he came up with the memorable sad-sack Clavin. Just a year after Cheers ended, Ratzenberger appeared as Clavin in an episode of The Simpsons, which launched a successful voice-acting career. Ratzenberger has voiced characters in every Pixar animated feature to date, including the Toy Story series, A Bug’s Life, Monsters, Inc., Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, the Cars series, Ratatouille, Wall-E, Up, Brave and, most recently, Monsters University.
Kelsey Grammer: Dr. Frasier Crane
Playing fastidious Dr. Frasier Crane, Kelsey Grammer became the first actor ever to receive Emmy nominations for his portrayal of the same character on three different TV series—Cheers, Wings, and of course eponymous spinoff Frasier, which ran for another 11 years after Cheers’ finale. In addition, Grammer starred in and executive-produced the Starz series Boss and voices Bart Simpson’s sworn nemesis Sideshow Bob on The Simpsons.
Woody Harrelson: Woody Boyd
Woody Harrelson’s portrayal of the dim-witted bartender Woody Boyd helped launch his successful film career. Harrelson has starred in dozens of films since Cheers, including Natural Born Killers, The People vs. Larry Flynt, Kingpin, No Country for Old Men and Zombieland. Currently he’s playing Katniss’ drunkard mentor Haymitch Abernathy in The Hunger Games series, whose second installment, Catching Fire, will be released this November.
Kirstie Alley: Rebecca Howe
For her performance as bar manager and waitress Rebecca Howe, Kirstie Alley won a 1991 Golden Globe. Alley has had her ups and downs since then, starring in popular TV show Veronica’s Closet and later her own reality show called Fat Actress. More recently, the Scientologist and comedian gave an impressive performance on Dancing With the Stars, taking second place in season 12, and is currently filming a new series, Kirstie’s New Show, set to premiere on TV Land this fall.
Shelley Long: Diane Chambers
As Sam’s on-again-off-again love interest, Diane Chambers was Shelley Long’s most famous role, garnering the actress two Golden Globes and an Emmy. Since the show ended, Long has appeared alongside her former Cheers castmates in Frasier and as Mrs. Claus to George Wendt’s Mr. Claus in Merry In-Laws. Her latest movie, A Matter of Time, is set to hit theaters later this year.
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