Actor John Ratzenberger to make local appearance

The Connecticut actor made famous by playing a know-it-all mailman on “Cheers” is coming back to his hometown.

“An Evening with John Ratzenberger” will be presented Friday, Dec. 20 at 7 p.m. at the Bijou Theatre, 275 Fairfield Ave., Bridgeport.

Ratzenberger was born in Bridgeport, went to grammar school in Bridgeport (St. Ann’s in Black Rock), attended Sacred Heart University, and was active with the Downtown Cabaret Theatre in Bridgeport.

General seating is $35, or $60 with a meet-and-greet with the actor. For tickets and information, go to or call 203-332-3228.

From ‘Cheers’ to major voice roles

Ratzenberger is best known for his role as Cliff Clavin in the TV hit sitcom “Cheers,” which aired from 1982 to 1993. Ratzenberger’s voice work for Pixar animated films, as well as minor roles early in his career in the movies “Superman” and “The Empire Strikes Back,” make him the sixth most successful actor of all time, as measured by a total box office of more than $3 billion.

“Don’t miss your chance to see the legend, up close and personal,” according to Bijou Theatre publicity material.

Ratzenberger also is known for promoting the importance of skilled American manufacturing jobs, highlighted in the cable-TV documentary series “John Ratzenberger’s Made in America,” and for his involvement in promoting Bridgeport’s Gustave Whitehead as being first in flight rather than the Wright brothers.

Historic entertainment venue

The Bijou Theatre opened in 1909 in downtown Bridgeport, and is the nation's oldest movie house.

It reopened in 2011 after an extensive renovation as part of the Bijou Square redevelopment project.

With its intimate 200-seat supper club atmosphere, today’s Bijou offers films, music, theater, comedy and art.