Actor John Ratzenberger Named Grand Marshal of Toyota/Save Mart 350
Actor John Ratzenberger, best known for his work on the legendary sitcom "Cheers," has been named Grand Marshal of the Toyota/Save Mart 350 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series weekend at Infineon Raceway, June 24-26.
Ratzenberger will be honored on Friday, June 24, of race weekend at the Children's Champions Grand Marshal's Banquet at beautiful Cline Cellars in Sonoma. The gala is a fundraiser for the Sonoma Chapter of Speedway Children's Charities. He will also take part in pre-race activities on Sunday, June 26, and participate in the official command of, "Gentlemen, Start Your Engines."
The Connecticut native is best known for his role of the know-it-all postal carrier Cliff Clavin on "Cheers," arguably one of the best sitcoms in television history. Ratzenberger is also known for his voice-work on Pixar feature films, including the voice of Mack the truck in Cars and the just-released Cars 2. He also voiced Hammy the Piggy Bank in the Toy Story series, P.T. Flea in A Bug's Life and the Abominable Snowman in Monsters Inc., among others, for Pixar, based in Emeryville in the Bay Area.
Ratzenberger has also appeared in feature films Firefox, Superman, Stars Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back and The Ritz, among others. But his skills aren't limited to acting. He is an author and he also developed a packaging-alternatives product made from biodegradable and non-toxic recycled paper as a safe alternative to Styrofoam "peanuts" and plastic bubble wrap.
In 2010, Ratzenberger became affiliated with and now represents the Foundation for Fair Civil Justice to further develop his work and increase awareness about the skilled worker shortage facing the United States and the changes needed to positively impact and increase the number of skilled workers.