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George Robert Wendt III was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, USA, to Loretta Mary (Howard) and George Robert Wendt, who was a realtor and navy officer. He attended a strict Jesuit prep school and then dropped out of Notre Dame University after a few uneventful years. He worked with the Windy City's famed Second City comedy troupe from 1974-... See full bio »

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Cheers Norm Peterson / Himself
House Harold Gorton
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Forever Young Harry Finley
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 2017 Dream Flight (Short) (post-production)
 2017 The Deadbeat (Short) (completed)
The Great Kazoo
 2017 Dr. Sugar (Short)
Marvin Saccharine
 2017 Sandy Wexler
 2017 Mommy, I Didn't Do It
J.D. Pierce
 2016 Wake Up America!
 2016 Childrens Hospital (TV Series)
Governor Jasper Ruth
- By the Throat (2016) ... Governor Jasper Ruth
 2015 Clipped (TV Series)
- Reunion (2015) ... Buzzy
- Free Wednesday (2015) ... Buzzy
- The Gambler (2015) ... Buzzy
- Mo's Ma (2015) ... Buzzy
 2014 Franklin & Bash (TV Series)
Henry 'Hank' Shae
- Honor Thy Mother (2014) ... Henry 'Hank' Shae
 2014 Verdene and Gleneda (TV Series short)
Uncle Beanie
- A Town Called Peculiar (2014) ... Uncle Beanie
 2014 Kirstie (TV Series)
- Thelma's Ex (2014) ... Duke
 2013 Portlandia (TV Series)
George Heely
- Off the Grid (2013) ... George Heely
 2012 Merry In-Laws (TV Movie)
Mr. Claus
 2012 A Christmas Wedding Date (TV Movie)
Mr. Destiny
 2012 Kickin' It (TV Series)
Uncle Blake
- Kickin' It on Our Own (2012) ... Uncle Blake
 2012 The Seven Year Hitch (TV Movie)
Mr. Henderson
 2011 Harry's Law (TV Series)
Franklin Chickory
- American Girl (2011) ... Franklin Chickory
 2011 Hot in Cleveland (TV Series)
- Where's Elka? (2011) ... Yoder
 2010 The Stay-At-Home Dad (TV Series)
Gerard Gold
 2010 Ghost Whisperer (TV Series)
George the Plumber
- The Children's Parade (2010) ... George the Plumber
 2010 Less Than Kind (TV Series)
- Road Trip (2010) ... Tiny
 2010 Cubed (TV Series)
George Wendt
 2009 Santa Buddies (Video)
Santa Claus
 2009 Opposite Day
Corporate Exec #1
 2007-2009 Family Guy (TV Series)
Norm Peterson
- Three Kings (2009) ... Norm Peterson (voice)
- Road to Rupert (2007) ... Norm Peterson (voice)
 2008 Bryan Loves You
Mr. Flynn
 2008 Unnatural Causes
 2007 Saturday Morning
 2007 LA Blues
 2007 Imperfect Union (TV Movie)
 2006 Guy Walks Into a Bar (TV Movie)
 2006 Santa Baby (TV Movie)
Santa Claus
 2006 Masters of Horror (TV Series)
Harold Thompson
- Family (2006) ... Harold Thompson
 2006 Modern Men (TV Series)
Tug / Tug Clarke
- Give 'Til You Learn (2006) ... Tug
- The Homewrecker (2006) ... Tug
- Sexual Healing (2006) ... Tug
- The Breakup (2006) ... Tug
 2005 Edmond
Pawn Shop Owner
 2005 As Seen on TV (Short)
 2004 George Lopez (TV Series)
- Trouble in Paradise (2004) ... Ed
- The Simple Life (2004) ... Ed
 2004 Rock Me, Baby (TV Series)
- Not-So-Grand Parents (2004) ... Monty
 2004 House of Dreams (TV Series)
 1991-2003 Saturday Night Live (TV Series)
Bob Swerski
- Halle Berry/Britney Spears (2003) ... Bob Swerski (uncredited)
- John Goodman/Tragically Hip (1995) ... Bob Swerski (uncredited)
- Danny DeVito/Bon Jovi (1993) ... Bob Swerski (uncredited)
- Tom Arnold/Neil Young (1992) ... Bob Swerski (uncredited)
 2003/I King of the Ants
Duke Wayne
 2003 My Dinner with Jimi
Bill Uttley
 2002 Frasier (TV Series)
Norm Peterson
 2002 Teddy Bears' Picnic
General Edison 'Pete' Gerberding
 2002 Becker (TV Series)
- V-Day (2002) ... Frank
 2001 Robertson's Greatest Hits (TV Movie)
Tom Robertson
 2001 Strange Relations (TV Movie)
 2001 Odessa or Bust (Short)
The Chef
 2001 Prairie Dogs (Short)
 2001 The Gift of the Magi (Short)
 2000 Wild About Harry
 2000 The Prime Gig
 2000 The Pooch and the Pauper (TV Movie)
Sheldon Sparks
 2000 The List (TV Series)
Guest Host
- Episode dated 22 June 2000 (2000) ... Guest Host
 2000 Lakeboat
First Mate Collins
 2000 Garage: A Rock Saga
Pitching Coach
 2000 Madigan Men (TV Series)
- The Strike (2000) ... Carl
- Meet the Wolfes (2000) ... Carl
- The Kid's Alright (2000) ... Carl
 1999 Outside Providence
 1998 Rupert's Land
Ivan Bloat
 1998 Dennis the Menace Strikes Again! (Video)
Policeman (uncredited)
 1998 Anarchy TV
Abbey Archer
 1997 Alien Avengers II (TV Movie)
 1997 The Lovemaster
 1997 The Price of Heaven (TV Movie)
 1997 The Naked Truth (TV Series)
Les Polanski
- A Year in the Life (1997) ... Les Polanski
- Woman Gets Plastered, Star Gets Even (1997) ... Les Polanski
- We're at NBC Now (1997) ... Les Polanski
 1996 Spin City (TV Series)
Dan Donaldson
- The High and the Mighty (1996) ... Dan Donaldson
 1996 Space Truckers
 1996 Alien Avengers (TV Movie)
 1995 Bye Bye Birdie (TV Movie)
Harry MacAfee
 1995 Shame II: The Secret (TV Movie)
 1995 Columbo (TV Series)
Graham McVeigh
- Strange Bedfellows (1995) ... Graham McVeigh
 1995 Man of the House
Chet Bronski (Chief Running Horse)
 1994 The Simpsons (TV Series)
Norm Peterson
- Fear of Flying (1994) ... Norm Peterson (voice)
 1994 The Little Rascals
Lumberyard Clerk
 1994 Hostage for a Day (TV Movie)
Warren Kooey
 1993 The Building (TV Series)
Cappucino Guy
- The Waiting Game (1993) ... Cappucino Guy
 1993 Soul Asylum: Black Gold (Video short)
Guy pushing car
 1993 Bob (TV Series)
George Wendt
- Da Game (1993) ... George Wendt
 1992 Roc (TV Series)
Stan Mason
- The Stan Who Came to Dinner (1992) ... Stan Mason
 1991 Michael Jackson: Black or White (Video short)
 1991 Tales from the Crypt (TV Series)
Mr. Crosswhite
- The Reluctant Vampire (1991) ... Mr. Crosswhite
 1991 Guilty by Suspicion
Bunny Baxter
 1990 Wings (TV Series)
Norm Peterson
 1990 Masters of Menace
Dr. Jack Erheart
 1990 The Earth Day Special (TV Special)
Norm Peterson
 1990 Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color (TV Series)
Norm Peterson
- Disneyland's 35th Anniversary Celebration (1990) ... Norm Peterson
 1989 Cranium Command (Short)
 1989 Day by Day (TV Series)
- Fraternity (1989) ... Stan
 1988 Never Say Die
Mr. Witten
 1988 Mickey's 60th Birthday (TV Movie)
Norm Peterson
 1987 Plain Clothes
Chet Butler
 1986 The Twilight Zone (TV Series)
Barney Schlesinger (segment "The World Next Door")
- The After Hours/Lost and Found/The World Next Door (1986) ... Barney Schlesinger (segment "The World Next Door")
 1986 Gung Ho
 1985 Fletch
Fat Sam
 1985 St. Elsewhere (TV Series)
Norm Peterson
- Cheers (1985) ... Norm Peterson
 1985 The Romance of Betty Boop (TV Short)
Johnny Throat / Punchie (voice, as George R. Wendt)
 1984 The Ratings Game (TV Movie)
Mr. Sweeney
 1984 Garfield in the Rough (TV Short)
Ranger #2 (voice)
 1984 Thief of Hearts
Marty Morrison
 1984 Dreamscape
Charlie Prince
 1984 Ray Parker Jr.: Ghostbusters (Video short)
Cameo appearance (uncredited)
 1983 Journey's End (TV Movie)
 1983 Garfield on the Town (TV Short)
Ràoul (voice)
 1983 Super Bowl XVII Pre-Game Show (TV Movie)
Norm Peterson (uncredited)
 1983 Likely Stories, Vol. 4 (TV Movie)
 1982 Airplane II: The Sequel
Ticket Agent (uncredited)
 1982 M*A*S*H (TV Series)
Pvt. La Roche
- Trick or Treatment (1982) ... Pvt. La Roche
 1982 Alice (TV Series)
- Monty Falls for Alice (1982) ... Monty
 1981 Taxi (TV Series)
The Exterminator
- Latka the Playboy (1981) ... The Exterminator
 1981 Soap (TV Series)
- Episode #4.15 (1981) ... Counterman
 1981 Hart to Hart (TV Series)
Sgt. Tate
- Murder Is a Drag (1981) ... Sgt. Tate
 1980 Somewhere in Time
Student (credit only)
 1980 My Bodyguard
 1980 Bronco Billy
Bartender (uncredited)
 1978 A Wedding
Caterer (uncredited)
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Show Show Producer (1 credit)
Show Show Thanks (2 credits)
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Alternate Names:

George R. Wendt


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Improvising is best left to those who really love it. Improvising itself is kind of fun, but the apprehension before the improv is not. I don't think that fast; I can't write that fast. Some people can look at a bunch of suggestions and can come up with a premise, but that was never my long suit.


In a tribute George wrote for the Second City book, he said that when he joined Second City, it wasn't directly through the troupe as a performer. He had studied the shows for a while and befriended an employee whom he asked about joining. She told him to show up after a performance one day in the afternoon, which he subsequently did. The stage area was littered with cigarette butts, when the ... See more »

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