Wendt was asked, "What should people do when they see you around town?" He appeared in several episodes of The WB's Sabrina, The Teenage Witch in 2001 as the title character's boss. He is best known for playing Norm Peterson on the television sitcom Cheers (1982–93), which earned him six consecutive nominations for the Primetime Emmy Award for … It was sturdy, consistent, familiar – a place where everybody knows your name. George Wendt and John Ratzenberger auditioned for the same role, originally named George, and Wendt was hired for that role. At first, things were looking up. It took place in a bar, for crying out … Wendt also guest-starred in the TV series Hot In Cleveland as Yoder, based on his character Norm in Cheers. He is married to actress Bernadette Birkett , who provided the rare offscreen voice of Norm's unseen wife Vera. His appearances on Late Night were in all likelihood because the show was having a week-long event in his home town of Chicago. (DS9: "Who Mourns for Morn?") Watching it reminds me of my childhood, especially the antics of Norm and Cliff. They have three children: Hilary (b. "One Happy Chappy in a Snappy Serape. Ill-Gotten Gaines - S11-E8 Character mistake: Cliff tests Norm's memory by asking him who the bad guy in 'Herbie The Love Bug' was (presumably meaning the first movie, which was just 'The Love Bug, ' no Herbie in the title, and not the TV series that actually had the 'Herbie, the Love Bug' title). The customers there greet him just the same as the Cheers patrons do. He would later join the Broadway production of the play, starring alongside Judd Hirsch and Joe Morton. , In season 7, Sam takes a temporary bartending job in Cancún, Mexico. Whenever he entered Cheers, the patrons all yelled "Norm!," a reference that endures today. Domino's Pizza released a commercial in February 2020 parodying Cheers (including the opening theme song and a Domino's version of the Cheers sign) with Norm entering a Domino's, surprised to find that no one knows his name. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family! The biggest mistakes you never noticed in Cheers (1982). My favorite Norm greeting.Fredrick Crane first word.I don't own anything.Just a big fan He also appeared in films Fletch, Gung Ho, Dreamscape, House, Forever Young, Hostage for a Day, Man of the House, and Lakeboat. In 1989, Wendt appeared as the eponymous protagonist in a BBC TV dramatization of Ivan Goncharov's novel Oblomov. Wendt performed alongside Richard Thomas in Twelve Angry Men in October 2006 in the Eisenhower Theatre in Washington, D.C.. After the show opened, Wendt was interviewed by local film critic Arch Campbell for a piece on the NBC Washington affiliate WRC. He starred in a 2006 episode of Masters of Horror entitled "Family", directed by John Landis, and played Santa Claus in the ABC Family original film Santa Baby. ", When not sipping beer at Cheers, Norm satisfies his hunger at an eatery called The Hungry Heifer, whose emblem is a young cow smacking her chops. Carla Tortelli-Lebec (Rhea Pealman) Carla Tortelli-Lebec is a superstitious barmaid of Italian descent. Norm's best friend is postman and fellow barfly Cliff Clavin. Beginning in the fall of 2013, Wendt appeared in a television commercial for State Farm Insurance. The character was portrayed by George Wendt and is named Hilary after his grandfather.. Cliff asks if his grandfather really killed a man for laughing at his first name and Norm replies, "Not exactly. He also refused to cheat on her in the episode "Norm's Big Audit" where a female IRS agent was prepared to overlook his tax evasion if he did. One of his patrons, Pepe, greatly resembles Norm in appearance and mannerisms. He explained in this instance that he felt he was a bad husband but would not cheat on his wife as it would make him a bad person. Just as you’ve shown, doors open the world to other gems. Cheers is an American sitcom that ran for eleven seasons between 1982 and 1993. Norm's face was actually digitally taken from a Cheers episode to replace a body double's face. Norm was also revealed to be an accomplished interior decorator and beer taster, capable of spotting a bad vat in a factory by drinking a single bottle. On Cheers know-it-all postie Cliff Clavin was rarely seen without best friend Norm (left). In 1991, Wendt played the father in Michael Jackson's music video "Black or White". " The writers expanded Wendt's role, and the character evolved into Norm Peterson, the first onscreen customer to enter the bar and who "[badgered] Diane rather than the other way around. , Wendt is a 1975 alumnus of The Second City, which he discovered shortly after college. Norm was most recently seen in animated form, voiced by Wendt, on Family Guy in the episodes "Road to Rupert" and "Three Kings". Norm was another regular at Cheers and was a former accountant who lost his job after he defended Diane from his boss. Corrine (played by Doris Grau), who worked at Cheers occasionally as a temp waitress, was a server at The Hungry Heifer and said the waitstaff knew Norm as "the guy who comes back. Cheers, after all, always knew how to recover from setbacks. Elsewhere, Cheers’ first spinoff The Tortellis, Wings, and The Simpsons episode "Fear of Flying", which also guest starred Ted Danson, Rhea Perlman, Woody Harrelson, and John Ratzenberger as their respective characters. Wendt played Santa in Elf the Musical on Broadway. Before the Cheers pilot, "Give Me a Ring Sometime", was finalized and then aired in 1982, the series originally consisted of four employees of Cheers, the bar, in the original script. In 1998, he was one of the three characters in a London West End production of 'Art' with David Dukes and Stacy Keach. Wendt has been married to Bernadette Birkett since July 8, 1978. Years after Cheers ended, Wendt played Norm in a 2002 episode of its spinoff Frasier, where he got along famously with Martin Crane. He appeared with his former Cheers co-star John Ratzenberger as a talent scout on Last Comic Standing during Season 6. . Norm is so well-known in Cheers that whenever he walks into the bar, and greets its patrons, he is answered back with an enthusiastic 'Norm!' Wendt appeared as an American GI in the 2007 Christmas Special episode of British sitcom The Green Green Grass. 1990). Eventually, Norm does become a house painter but his tab is so large that it has to be calculated by NASA. The couple have two sons and a daughter. It made household names out of its stars: … There was neither Norm Peterson nor Cliff Clavin , regular customers of Cheers; later revisions added them as part of the series. He is best known for playing Norm Peterson on the hit televison series, Cheers (1982). In this play, Wendt plays a successful lumber yard owner who is king of his castle and whose life is going exactly the way he wants until his wife comes back from a doctor appointment with some big news. Norm appeared in all 275 episodes of Cheers between 1982–1993 and was initially the only customer featured in the main cast, later joined by best friend Cliff Clavin, Frasier Crane, and Lilith Sternin. Please ignore rumors and hoaxes. Wendt appeared in the 1980 film My Bodyguard. … In the Cheers episode "It's a Wonderful Wife" (season 9, episode 21) Vera tells Rebecca off-camera that Norm's real first name is Hilary. The show opened November 14, 2010, and ran through January 2, 2011. For his work on Cheers, Wendt earned six Primetime Emmy Award nominations for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series. George Robert Wendt III (born October 17, 1948) is an American actor and comedian. shout at other locations, including a bowling alley ("From Beer to Eternity", season 4, episode 9), The Hungrey Heifer ("Cheers: The Motion Picture", season 5, episode 24), and Gary's Olde Towne Tavern, Cheers' rival bar ("Bar Wars VI", season 10, episode 23). Norm Peterson (George Wendt) With his self deprecating humor, regular bar patron Norm could be counted on for “Cheers'” best one liners. He explains that he was named after his grandfather who "once killed a man for laughing at ", On a lark in college, he became an ordained minister of the Church of the Living Desert after seeing an advertisement in the back of a magazine. Norm Abram Death Fact Check Norm is alive and kicking and is currently 70 years old. "Norm" is actually the first word of Frederick Crane, son of Frasier Crane and Lilith Sternin. Wendt has a cameo as a newspaper reporter on Portlandia on January 25, 2013. Topics … Norm has a wife named Vera who is often mentioned but her face is never seen.  Second City was also where he met his future wife, Bernadette Birkett, who played Cliff's Halloween date in the third season of Cheers and later in the series played the voice of Norm's never-seen wife, Vera.. He explains that he was named after his grandfather who "once killed a man for laughing at him." When she is finally shown, her face is covered in pie thrown by Diane (season 5, episode 9 "Thanksgiving Orphans,") and the actress is uncredited. , Norm's entrance into the bar is a running gag on Cheers, typically beginning with a greeting by Norm. (However, Lilith joyously believes that he said "Mommy!"). 1985), Joe (b. She has also appeared in "Cheers", an episode of St. Friends said Kenneth Gerner, whom restaurant workers greeted like Norm from the TV show “Cheers” by yelling “Kenny,” was shot multiple times. Vera was played by George Wendt's real-life wife, Bernadette Birkett. In 2009, Wendt starred as Santa Claus in Santa Buddies and also had a small role in the film Opposite Day. Steve Furmanski, 63, a popular and talented singer and musician and Bo Brothers' own version of "Norm" from the sitcom "Cheers" died sometime Monday at his home in Forty Fort. He played a handyman working behind the check-in counter at the Ambassador East Hotel in Chicago (now the Public Hotel). He's still the same Norm. He also made one guest appearance each in the three other sitcoms set in the Cheers universe: the Frasier episode "Cheerful Goodbyes," the Wings episode "The Story of Joe" and the spin-off The Tortellis. He loses his job in an accounting firm by defending Diane from his boss, and after struggling for few years as an independent accountant, eventually becomes a housepainter. , Wendt starred as Willy Loman in Death of a Salesman at St. Jacob's Country Playhouse in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, from October 18 to November 4, 2017.. Wendt is an uncle of actor and former SNL writer and cast member Jason Sudeikis, his sister's son. Cheers Was at Both Extremes in the Ratings at Some Point Cheers was highly rated for most of its 11-year run.However, when the show premiered, it was a … I called family members and told them. In 1981 Wendt appeared on an episode of the TV series Taxi as an exterminator and on an episode of the TV series Soap as a counterman in a diner. The George Wendt Show aired from March through April, 1995. Cheers. It is revealed in the pilot episode, Give Me a Ring Sometime, that she knows that Norm hangs out at Cheers but doesn't care., that she knows that Norm hangs out at Cheers but doesn't care. Wendt appeared as Tracy Turnblad's mother in a production of Hairspray featuring John Waters and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in Baltimore in June 2016. In the Cheers episode "It's a Wonderful Wife" (season 9, episode 21) Vera tells Rebecca off-camera that Norm's real first name is Hilary. In 1988 he played the part of "Witten" in the New Zealand-made film, Never Say Die. Cheers, for the uninformed, was a sitcom about a bar of the same name, the people who worked there and the regulars (like Norm) who seemed to live there. He had roles opposite Robert De Niro in 1991's Guilty by Suspicion and with Mel Gibson in 1992's Forever Young. In the same year as his Frasier guest appearance, Wendt played the bartender to Ted Danson's character in Becker (the inverse of their relationship on Cheers). I think he's the toughest to write for because he's not really anything. Who doesn’t remember every time Norm … , This article is about the fictional character from, Norm sitting at his favorite seat with a beer in "Cheers: The Motion Picture" (season 5, episode 24), Truce or Consequences (Series 1, Episode 8), Season 7, Episode 7. Having grown up as a lifelong fan of his hometown Chicago White Sox and Chicago Bears, Wendt's Bob Swerski character is said to be a "spot-on" characterization of Chicago's south-side citizens. When Vera got a job at Melville's, however, he was deeply disturbed by her proximity to him during his bar time. He briefly appeared as Santa Claus in A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All!. They moved him from being an accountant to painter and decorator, but that was basically for some storylines. They said he was hit mainly in his arms and legs. When "Cheers" debuted in 1982, few realized they were witnessing the birth of one of the quintessential ensemble sitcoms. In the few instances when Norm drinks at another bar, he is immediately kicked out because the bartenders demand an immediate cash payment instead of a tab. A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All! In January 2006, Wendt was seen again on television screens as part of the cast of Modern Men. When Sam asks why the people at Gary's know him by name, Norm replies that he goes there on Christmas when Cheers is closed. In the original script of the 1982 pilot, "Give Me a Ring Sometime," there was no Norm Peterson (contrary to beliefs that Norm is one of the original characters). From 1982 to 1993, Wendt appeared as Norm Peterson in all 275 episodes of Cheers. He had an uncredited appearance in Airplane II: The Sequel as the ticketing agent who tells a woman that she can only have one carry-on bag. In the finale Sam has to have his total tab for the series calculated by NASA). Even when unemployed, Norm is the bar's best customer. , George Wendt guest starred as Norm Peterson on St. , Meanwhile, Ratzenberger suggested to the producers that a know-it-all character should be added, resulting in Cliff Clavin.  Norm previously served in the United States Army. Frasier specifically says "Norm Peterson," though Norm is not actually seen or heard. In 2003, Wendt appeared as a celebrity fisherman in the music video for Cobra Verde's "Riot Industry" along with Rudy Ray Moore (of "Dolemite" fame) and The Minutemen's Mike Watt. " In spring 2007, Wendt performed in 12 Angry Men in Los Angeles. From November 6, 2013, to January 19, 2014, Wendt starred in Never Too Late, a comedy with his wife, actress Bernadette Birkett, at New Theatre Restaurant in Overland Park, Kansas. He also was the host of the A&E reality show House of Dreams in 2004. Cheers Name Born Status Died Age Ted Danson 12/29/1947 alive 72 Rhea Perlman 3/31/1948 alive 72 Shelley Long 8/23/1949 alive 71 Kirstie Alley 1/12/1951 alive 69 Nicholas Colasanto 1/19/1924 dead 2/12/1985 (61) 7/23/1961 Morn was one of five thieves who stole 1,000 bricks of gold-pressed latinum from the Central Bank of Lissepia in the Lissepian Mother's Day Heist of 2365. Vera Peterson (nee Kreitzer) is Norm's wife, who is an unseen character mentioned often in the series. Add more and vote on your favourites! , In 1993, Wendt and Ratzenberger sued Host International for copyright infringement, trademark infringement, and violating the actors' personality rights. He also appeared in the 2008 horror film Bryan Loves You directed by Seth Landau. On October 1, 2009, Wendt appeared on The Colbert Report the day before the IOC announced which city will host the 2016 Summer Olympics. I always enjoy your historical touch. Prior to the show, Norm was born in Chicago, and moved to Boston to become an accountant, and is a lifelong Boston Celtics fan who went to Boston Garden as a child. He was expelled from the University of Notre Dame after he received a 0.00 GPA the first semester of his junior year. 1987), and Daniel (b. 2. At the second, the judge ruled that the robots did not resemble the characters. His first appearance on Saturday Night Live was in a season 11 (1985–1986) episode where he shared hosting duties with director Francis Ford Coppola. ", "NBC Comedy 'Cheers' Turns Into A Success", "How Domino's Digitally Blended Itself with Cheers for Its New Ad", The Simpsons: A Complete Guide to Our Favorite Family, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Norm_Peterson&oldid=991782718, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, An oblique homage of Norm appears in the series, This page was last edited on 1 December 2020, at 20:15. Elsewhere; "Fear of Flying", an episode of The Simpsons, and the pilot episode of the short-lived spinoff The Tortellis. See the pics", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=George_Wendt&oldid=991220140, Pages containing links to subscription-only content, BLP articles lacking sources from February 2011, Articles with unsourced statements from December 2017, All articles with vague or ambiguous time, Vague or ambiguous time from September 2015, Internet Off-Broadway Database person ID same as Wikidata, Wikipedia articles with SUDOC identifiers, Wikipedia articles with WORLDCATID identifiers, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, Episode: "Disneyland's 35th Anniversary Celebration", Episode: "A Town Called Peculiar"; web series, Episode: "Jesse Tyler Ferguson Wears a Brown Checked Shirt and Stripey Socks", Episode: "The Poor Horsemen of the Apocalypse", This page was last edited on 28 November 2020, at 22:55. In 1994, he appeared in the film Man of the House as Chet Bronski, the stepfather of Norman (Zachary Browne), and starred with Chevy Chase, Jonathan Taylor Thomas and Farrah Fawcett. Cheers star, Harry Anderson, found dead at home at 65 ACTOR Harry Anderson, who played memorable characters in TV shows Cheers and Night Court, has … He attended Campion High School in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin. His first of two scenes took place in an Amish bar, where everyone in the bar yelled "Yoder!," referencing what the cast of Cheers would yell whenever he walked in. A recurring gag in the series is, following a commercial, for the bartender to ask Norm if he wants another beer; Norm replies "one quick one," after which he inevitably stays a lot longer. (Martin: "Wow, that's some mug callus you've got there." Wendt starred in a production of Hairspray as Edna Turnblad at Rainbow Stage in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, from August 2, 2011, to August 21, 2011. Along with Sam Malone and Carla Tortelli, Norm is one of only three characters to appear in every episode of Cheers. The woman working there handed him a broom and said "Welcome to the theater, kid"; thus, his first job in show business was sweeping the floors. Norm Crosby, the Borscht Belt comedian who was known for his frequent malapropisms, died Saturday in Los Angeles.He was 93. In their way of supporting Chicago's bid for the games, Wendt and Stephen Colbert humorously insulted the three other bidding cities, Rio de Janeiro, Madrid, and Tokyo, all while drinking Chicago's favorite Old Style Beer. After hesitating for a moment, Wendt held his thumbs up and replied, "If their impulse is to buy me a beer, then by all means, follow that impulse. In the early 1990s, Wendt made cameo appearances on several episodes of SNL as Bob Swerski, one of the Chicago Superfans (along with cast members Chris Farley, Mike Myers, Robert Smigel, and one-time host, Joe Mantegna). Wendt appeared as himself on Seinfeld and has reprised the character Norm Peterson on The Simpsons episode "Fear of Flying", two episodes of Family Guy, "Road to Rupert" and "Three Kings", as well as the Frasier episode "Cheerful Goodbyes".  Wendt and Robert Smigel reprise their roles from SNL as the Chicago Superfans, who encounter quarterback Aaron Rodgers. The company operated airport lounges styled similarly to Cheers which included two robots, one heavyset and the other a postal worker, which the actors claimed resembled Norm Peterson and Cliff Clavin. He was a surgeon and he sort of botched an operation. He starred as Private LaRoche in a 1982 episode of M*A*S*H, where he suffered from having a pool ball stuck in his mouth for much of the episode.  George was Diane Chambers's first customer, appeared at the end of this episode, could not bear her long explanation of becoming a waitress, and had only one line consisting of one word: "Beer! “Cheers” — which debuted in dead last place on September 30, 1981 — ran for eleven seasons on NBC. Along with Sam Malone and Norm Peterson , she is one of only three characters to appear in every episode of Cheers . Cheers: 10 Hidden Details About The Main Characters Everyone Missed From Norm's real name to the time two lead actresses fell pregnant at the same time, here are some inside secrets you may not have known about Cheers. The only other times she is seen, viewers can see only her legs and at one time her waving from a car which drives past Cheers on her 15th wedding anniversary. While Cheers replaced her with Kirstie Alley and shot to No.  His maternal grandfather was photographer Tom Howard. ") Also, in the first part of a two-part episode on Frasier entitled "Three Dates and a Breakup," Frasier calls Norm to brag that he has three dates for the weekend.  The case resulted in an undisclosed settlement in 2001 by Host International. He was 69. Other celebrities included John Mahoney, John Malkovich, Terry Kinney, and Martha Plimpton. Like Liked by 1 person Wendt starred as the killer in one of the last episodes of the TV series Columbo, portraying a thoroughbred horse owner in the 1995 episode Strange Bedfellows. Played by George Wendt, Norm Peterson was a staple of Cheers, but where did the actor go after the series’ final episode? Wendt starred in The Fabulous Lipitones at New Theatre Restaurant in Overland Park, Kansas from November 30, 2016, to February 12, 2017. The show was produced by Charles/Burrows/Charles Productions in association with Paramount Network Television for NBC and created by the team of James Burrows, Glen Charles, and Les Charles. This is followed by the bar crowd yelling his name (except Diane Chambers, who would follow with a more refined "Norman", and Woody Boyd who would refer to him as "Mr. Peterson"). Morn somehow extracted the latinum from the bricks, then deposited the gold in the Bank of Bolias and stored the liquid latinum in his second stomach, causing most of his hair to fall out. A viewing had inspired him to join and on his first day of employment, he showed up promptly at 11:30 am as he was instructed. Wendt is among the thespians who participated in a poster campaign touting live theatre in Chicago. At the first, the judge ruled that the defendant did not violate copyright because Paramount Pictures had already granted it a license to produce Cheers-based bars. Wendt was set to play the role of Pap in the Hank Williams bio musical Lost Highway at the Merry-Go-Round Playhouse in Auburn, New York. He knows the waitresses by name, and usually orders a meal called a Feeding Frenzy, a monstrous supply of corn and beef. In 2006, Wendt made several appearances on Late Night with Conan O'Brien where he performed short skits.  The commercial continued the theme of State Farm commercials featuring Rodgers, using the "discount doublecheck" slogan. Wendt guest-starred as a character named Yoder on Hot in Cleveland . Norm is also greeted with the customary "Norm!" Nevertheless, Norm annually received a complimentary beer on his birthday. Norm: "Judging from your grip, I'd say you were a can man. George starred in the Broadway musical Hairspray as the character of Edna Turnblad until November 2008. Well, here's what happened to Norm from Cheers and why his days on … I know for a fact that I saw on Fox News earlier this year that George Wendt (Norm from Cheers) had died. His wife told the Hollywood Reporter he died … Responding to whether he appeared uncredited in, Learn how and when to remove this template message, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series.  In 1997, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed both rulings on the grounds that Paramount's copyright claim might not have more weight than Wendt and Ratzenberger's ownership of publicity and that the resemblance claim should be decided by a jury, not a judge. The lawsuit was declined at its first and second hearings. A running gag throughout the series are the numerous jokes made about the enormous size of Norm's tab at Cheers (e.g., several large binders are shown as being just a portion of it – in the episode "Home Malone" (season 9, episode 25), when Woody's rich, naïve girlfriend Kelly waitresses at Cheers to gain "real-life experience," Norm convinces her that the tab is a record of the beers for which he has already paid, and for each new beer a mark should be erased. It's like he's too close to me, but I don't think he's changed over the years. He's just funny. He has also appeared twice on the original British edition of Whose Line Is It Anyway?  Wendt is of Irish and one quarter German descent.. , In 2015, Wendt starred opposite his former Second City co-star Tim Kazurinsky in Bruce Graham's new comedy Funnyman at Northlight Theatre. Norm and Vera separated during the second season of Cheers but reconciled in the last episode of the season, contrasting the romance between Sam and Diane, who enjoyed a romance then bitterly broke up in that last episode. He also played the role of Old Man Dunphy's closeted homosexual friend Joey in the 1999 film Outside Providence. He later attended the Jesuit Rockhurst College in Kansas City, Missouri, where he graduated with a B.A. Following his success on Cheers, Wendt starred in the short-lived The George Wendt Show, which featured him as a garage mechanic with a radio show, based on the NPR radio show Car Talk. He denigrated the eatery when he first visited it in season 2, but when the place was being shut down in season 9, he insinuated it was an important place to him throughout his life and said he knew the owner since at latest his college years. George Robert Wendt III (born October 17, 1948) is an American actor and comedian. Wendt appeared in a production of Hairspray, reprising his role as Edna Turnblad, from September 8 to October 9, 2010, at the Charlottetown Festival in Prince Edward Island, Canada. They reminded me of two best friends ("adults") I knew as a kid. , I have a hard time talking about Norm. The spin off had Frasier Crane leaving Boston and moving back to his The only time he was seen to pay any of his tab off was when new manager Rebecca Howe temporarily cut him off after discovering he owed the bar almost $850 but agreed to waive the amount in return for him painting her office and apartment, which in turn led to him setting up as a housepainter. "Nineteen years on American funnyman Wendt returns to Kilkenny", "Jason Sudeikis Hangs Out With Uncle, Cheers Star George Wendt: See the Epic Picture! Wendt was born in the Beverly neighborhood on the south side of Chicago, Illinois, the son of Loretta Mary (née Howard) and George Robert Wendt, an officer in the Navy and a realtor. Cheers to you stepping up to continue Norm’s tradition. in economics. Hilary Norman "Norm" Peterson is a regular fictional character on the American television show Cheers. One of the best character-driven shows of all time. Harrelson appeared in more than 200 episodes of Cheers before turning his comic work into a movie and television career that has earned him Oscar and Emmy nods for such projects as The People vs. Larry Flynt and the HBO miniseries True Detective. Vera is the butt of many of Norm's jokes, but on many occasions, Norm has professed secretly an undying love for his wife or defended her honor. [when?]. The same year, Wendt appeared in the TBS sitcom Clipped, which aired for one season.. He is best known for playing Norm Peterson on the television sitcom Cheers (1982–93), which earned him six consecutive nominations for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series. 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