Cheers Cast: Everybody Knows Their Names

Wednesday, September 28 by Houlihan Macaco

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The "Cheers" cast of lovable characters have been hardwired into the brains of Generation X and older generations since the sitcom's first season in 1982. "Cheers" had its final season in 1993, so there are tons of reruns to watch these days. For those who just need a refresher of some of the funniest characters who spent their afternoons and evenings in this fictional Boston bar, you've come to the right place. 

George Wendt

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Remember Norm Peterson, the pudgy guy who always sat in the same seat of the bar through 271 "Cheers" episodes? The reason that Norm is a regular at "Cheers" is because of the bar's running tab policy. In the final episode of the last season, bar owner Sam Malone needs the assistance of NASA to calculate Norm's 11 year bar bill. Whenever Norm tries to drink at other bars, they usually demand payment up front, and Norm never has the cash. 

Kelsey Grammer

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	Dr. <a href='http://www.screenjunkies.com/tag/frasier/' class='linkify' target='_blank'>Frasier</a> Crane, the psychologist, was a regular character in the "Cheers" cast beginning in 1984. Frasier entered the <a href='http://www.screenjunkies.com/tag/television-series/' class='linkify' target='_blank'>television series</a> by <a href='http://www.screenjunkies.com/tag/dating/' class='linkify' target='_blank'>dating</a> and becoming engaged with the <a href=Diane Chambers character, played by Shelly Long, who calls off the wedding during the ceremony at the altar. Frasier is very sensitive, and a childhood full of bullies inspires him to become a psychologist. The Frasier character went beyond the "Cheers" cast in the 1990s and into his own sitcom called "Frasier."

John Ratzenberger

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Cliff Claven is the mama's boy and know it all of the "Cheers" cast. Cliff is a postal worker who lives with his mom, and sometimes you see him on the phone with her while she's nagging him. A philosopher, Cliff is known for spewing out misinformation on topics he knows nothing about. He is very awkward socially and never meets a woman until the seventh season of "Cheers."

Woody Harrelson

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Woody Harrelson held on to his first name as Woody Boyd in the "Cheers" cast. Woody entered the scene in 1985, when "Cheers" customers took root as a main feature of the show. Woody is a dummy who was the smartest kid in school while growing up. The humor in his character lies in his misunderstandings of simple humor and concepts. Woody looks up to Cliff Claven as someone who is really smart. 

Rhea Perlman

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Carla Tortelli is a scrappy Italian woman with an attitude. Carla is the waitress who says mean things to the customers in the bar. Her meanstreak comes from her parents-Carla's father is named "Benito" and her mother's maiden name is "Mussolini." Carla is another member of the "Cheers" cast who starred in her own spinoff sitcom. Unlike "Frasier", however, "The Tortellis" just didn't catch on after its debut in 1987. 

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