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George Wendt

George Wendt is an American actor and comedian. George Wendt is famous for playing Norm Peterson on the television sitcom Cheers.

Early Life

George Wendt was born on October 17, 1948. His full name is George Robert Wendt Jr. Presently, he is 74 years old and his zodiac sign is Virgo. He is from Chicago, Illinois, USA. Likewise, his parents were Loretta Mary (née Howard) and George Robert Wendt, an officer in the Navy and a realtor.

Moreover, he is one of nine children, with six sisters; Nancy, Karen, Mary Ann, Kathryn, Loretta, and Marti, as well as two brothers, Tom and Paul. Moreover, he is of Irish and one-quarter-German descent.

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Caption: George Wendt in ‘Cheers’. Source: Twitter


This personality attended Campion High School in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin. Moreover, he was expelled from the University of Notre Dame after he received a 0.00 GPA in the first semester of his junior year. Later, he attended the Jesuit Rockhurst College in Kansas City, Missouri, where he graduated with a B.A. in economics.

George Wendt – Net Worth 2023

This amazing actor surely earns a handful amount of money through his profession. Therefore, his net worth is around $25 million.


This actor is famous for playing Norm Peterson on the television sitcom Cheers (1982–1993), which earned him six consecutive nominations for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series. He has also appeared in the films Fletch, Gung Ho, Dreamscape, House, Forever Young, Hostage for a Day, Man of the House, and Lakeboat. He is a 1975 alumnus of The Second City, which he discovered shortly after college.

George appeared in the 1980 film My Bodyguard and had small roles in the TV series Taxi, Soap, and M*A*S*H. From the year 1982 to 1993, he appeared as Norm Peterson in all 275 episodes of Cheers. Likewise, 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. Moreover, in the year 1988, he played the part of “Witten” in the New Zealand-made film, Never Say Die.


In the early 1990s, he made cameo appearances on several episodes of SNL as Bob Swerski. In the year 1989, he appeared as the eponymous protagonist in a BBC TV dramatization of Ivan Goncharov’s novel Oblomov. Also, Wendt appeared twice on the original British edition of Whose Line Is It Anyway?. Moreover, in 1991, he played the father in Michael Jackson’s music video “Black or White”. Further, he had roles opposite Robert De Niro in 1991’s Guilty by Suspicion and with Mel Gibson in 1992’s Forever Young.

Following his success on Cheers, he starred in the short-lived The George Wendt Show. Moreover, The George Wendt Show aired from March through April 1995. Moreover, he starred as the killer in one of the last episodes of the TV series Columbo. Also, he starred in the stage adaptation of ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’. In the year 2015, he appeared in another TV show ‘Clipped.’

Similarly, in 2017, he starred in ‘The Fabulous Lipitones,’ at ‘New Theatre Restaurant,’ in Overland Park, Kansas. That same year, George starred in another play ‘Death of a Salesman,’ in Ontario, Canada, where he played the role of ‘Willy Loman.’ He also starred in ‘Verdene and Glenada.’

George Wendt

Caption: George Wendt and Tim Kazurinsky star in “Funnyman” at Northlight Theatre. Source: Chicago Tribune

Brand Endorsements

George might have endorsed and advertised different products from different brands. But, the information regarding brand endorsements is unknown.

Personal Life

George met Bernadette Birkett at ‘Second City’ and they got married in the year 1978. The two have three children together namely Hilary, Joe, and Daniel.

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Caption: George Wendt and his wife. Source: Wikimedia

Body Measurements

This personality is 5 feet 8 inches and weighs around 120 kilos. His eyes are blue in color and his hair is white in color now. Moreover, George wears a shoe size of 9 (US). Nothing more about George’s body stats is available.

George Wendt – Social Media

This actor has stayed away and is safe from the social media world. Therefore, George is not available on any social media platforms.