Watch George Wendt on TV Land's new original sitcom 'Kirstie' on February 5, 2014.
George Wendt made his mark on television viewers worldwide playing perhaps the most Veronica's Closet famous barfly of all time, Hillary Norman "Norm" Peterson, on 'Cheers', a role that scored him six Primetime Emmy nominations. The show, which also stars Kirstie Alley and Rhea Perlman, won a staggering 28 Emmys and earned a then-record 117 nominations. Wendt also reprised his role as Norm on 'Cheers' spinoff, 'Frasier'. Now, Wendt will be reteaming with Perlman when he guest stars as her ex-husband in the new TV Land comedy 'Kirstie'.
Born in Chicago, Wendt received a degree in economics, but after college chose to pursue a career in acting. He joined the famed improv group the Second City, whose alum include Steve Carrell, 30 Rock star Tina Fey and Stephen Colbert. His improv work came in handy as he hosted 'Saturday Night Live' during the shows 11th season, and made numerous guest appearances as one of the Chicago superfans opposite Chris Farley and Mike Myers. He has also appeared on 'Hot in Cleveland' as Yoder, 'Portlandia', 'The Larry Sanders Show', 'Seinfeld' and voiced characters on 'The Simpsons' and 'Family Guy'. His movie work includes roles in films such as "Outside Providence," "Fletch" and "Man of the House." Wendt has also treaded the Broadway boards, playing Santa in "Elf the Musical."
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