Published On: Jan 11 2012 12:23:11 PM CSTUpdated On: Dec 29 2015 01:00:00 AM CST
With Tuesday marking the 68th birthday of former "Cheers" star Ted Danson, are you ready to revisit a place where everybody knows your name? Click on to see what the show's stars are up to today.
Ted Danson played Boston Red Sox pitcher turned bartender Sam Malone. His character had on-again-off-again relationships with both Shelley Long's and Kirstie Alley's characters over the course of the show.
Danson has seen a career resurgence as of late, with regular roles on the TV series "Damages" and "Bored to Death" and starring in the last four seasons of "CSI" from 2011 through 2015. He most recently starred in the second season of the FX anthology series "Fargo" and makes recurring appearances as his "CSI" character on "CSI: Cyber." Danson has worked nonstop since the end of "Cheers" in film and television. His film credits include "Made in America" and "Saving Private Ryan," and he's starred in the sitcoms "Becker" and "Ink" and made several appearances as himself in "Curb Your Enthusiasm."
Shelley Long played the over-cultured and overqualified waitress Diane Chambers for the first five seasons of the show.
Long most recently had a cameo on the Nickelodeon sitcom "Instant Mom" and appeared in the 2014 indie drama "A Place in the Heart." She's also had a recurring role on the sitcom "Modern Family" (pictured) and appeared in the 2013 TV movies "Holiday Road Trip" and "Merry In-Laws," playing Mrs. Claus opposite her "Cheers" co-star Geroge Wendt as Mr. Claus in the last one. Long has kept busy acting in television and films since leaving "Cheers" in 1987 (She returned for the finale in 1993). In between "Cheers" appearances, she starred in such films as "The Money Pit" and "Outrageous Fortune." She also starred as Carol Brady in "The Brady Bunch Movie" and its sequel.
Rhea Perlman played Carla Tortelli, an obnoxious and brash bartender and single mother of six.
Perlman, seen here with her husband Danny DeVito in November 2014, most recently joined the cast of the sitcom "The Mindy Project" as a recurring character. She also joined fellow "Cheers" star Kirstie Alley as part of the main cast of the TV Land sitcom "Kirstie," which lasted only 12 episodes before being canceled in July 2014. She's also had recent cameos on the sitcoms "The Neighbors" and "Hot in Cleveland" and had a minor role in the 2012 movie "The Sessions." Perlman has frequently appeared in stage, television and film roles since "Cheers" came to an end. Her other guest roles since "Cheers" include a stint on Alley's semiautobiographical show "Fat Actress," Ted Danson's sitcom "Becker" and Kelsey Grammer's sitcom "Frasier." She also had a recurring role on the television drama "Kate Brasher" and the HBO drama "Hung," and had her own show, "Pearl," which ran from 1996 to 1997.
Woody Harrelson played the none-too-bright Indiana farm boy turned bartender Woody Boyd starting with the show's fourth season.
Harrelson has gone on to become a movie star since his run on "Cheers," earning Academy Award nominations for his roles in 2009's "The Messenger" and 1996's "The People vs. Larry Flynt." He's also starred in "The Hunger Games" movie series as well as in movies such as "Now You See Me," "Zombieland," "No Country for Old Men," "A Prairie Home Companion," "North Country," "Kingpin" and "Natural Born Killers." In July 2014, he received the eighth Emmy nomination of his career (including one win in five nominations for "Cheers") for his role opposite Matthew McConaughey (who also was nominated) in HBO's "True Detective," but both lost out to Bryan Cranston for the final season of "Breaking Bad."
Kirstie Alley joined the show at the start of its sixth season as Rebecca Howe, stepping in to run the bar after Sam and Diane broke up and Sam set sail around the world.
Alley most recently appeared in the romantic-comedy "Accidental Love" and had a cameo in a January 2015 episode of the sitcom "The Middle." Before that, she reunited with her "Cheers" co-star Perlman for the since-canceled TV Land sitcom "Kirstie," this after the two also joined forces for the failed 2012 sitcom pilot "The Manzanis." In 2011 she appeared as a contestant on "Dancing with the Stars," ultimately finishing in second place to NFL wide receiver Hines Ward. She also recently starred in and was the executive producer of the reality series "Kirstie Alley's Big Life." Open about her struggles with weight gain over the years, Alley was the national spokeswoman for Jenny Craig and poked fun at her weight issues in the semiautobiographical comedy "Fat Actress." Alley has also appeared in several film and television roles since "Cheers" ended in 1993. Among them are the "Look Who's Talking" movies opposite John Travolta, "Deconstructing Harry" and "Drop Dead Gorgeous." On television, she starred in the sitcom "Veronica's Closet" from 1997 to 2000.
Kelsey Grammer played Dr. Frasier Crane, a pompous psychiatrist who joins the Cheers gang when he starts dating Diane. He is eventually left at the altar by her.
After the success of the "Cheers" spin-off "Frasier," which saw Grammer win four Emmys for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series over its run from 1993 to 2004, and winning a Golden Globe for the short-lived Starz drama "Boss," Grammer joined with Martin Lawrence for the FX sitcom "Partners," which aired for 10 episodes during the summer of 2014 before being canceled. Grammer, who also starred in the failed sitcoms "Hank" and "Back to You" after "Frasier" ended, is also known for voicing Sideshow Bob on "The Simpsons" since 1990 and his vocals can also be heard in the animated films "Toy Story 2" and "Teacher's Pet." He's also consistently landed movie roles since wrapping up "Frasier," with some of his most recent movies including "Think Like a Man Too," "The Expendables 3," "Transformers: Age of Extinction," the 2009 remake of "Fame," "Swing Vote" and "X-Men: The Last Stand."
What would a bar be without its regulars? You could always count on know-it-all mailman Cliff Clavin (John Ratzenberger) and lazy accountant Norm Peterson (George Wendt) to be parked at the end of the bar.
Wendt most recently was a regular on the TBS sitcom "Clipped," which was canceled in October 2015 after one season. He's also made regular TV cameos over the past few years, including bit parts on "Franklin & Bash," "Kirstie," "Harry's Law," "Hot in Cleveland" and "Portlandia." Wendt also reprised his "Cheers" role in animated form for "Family Guy" in 2007, and on five other shows other the years, including "Frasier." Wendt is also known for his appearances on "Saturday Night Live" in the early 1990s as Bob Swerski, aka one of the Chicago Bears "Superfans" ("Daaaa Bears!"), a role he has also recently reprised for State Farm Insurance commercials alongside Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
Dubbed Pixar's "good luck charm," Ratzenberger has voiced a role in every one of the studio's films, most notably Hamm the Piggy Bank in all three "Toy Story" films. On television, Ratzenberger competed on "Dancing With the Stars" in 2007 and traveled the country as host of the Travel Channel documentary series "Made in America" between 2004 and 2008. He was a recurring character the two seasons of the FX comedy "Legit" and has had recent cameos on the TV series "Drop Dead Diva," "CSI," "Bones" and "Franklin & Bash."
After being left at the altar by Diane, Frasier found love in fellow psychologist Dr. Lillith Sternin, played by Bebe Neuwirth.
Neuwirth now is a regular on the new CBS drama "Madam Secretary." She also has recently appeared in several episodes each of the TV series "Blue Bloods" and "The Good Wife," and had a guest-role alongside her former "Cheers" co-star Ted Danson on the HBO series "Bored to Death." Like her ex-TV husband, Kelsey Grammer, she also appeared in the big-screen remake of "Fame." Neuwirth has worked constantly in film, television and on the stage since "Cheers," and won her second Tony Award -- for playing Velma Kelley in the Broadway revival production of the musical "Chicago" -- 1997. In 2010, she returned to Broadway to create the role of Morticia Addams in the original production of "The Addams Family" opposite Nathan Lane.
For the first three seasons, Nicholas Colasanto played Ernie "Coach" Pantusso. Colasanto died of a heart ailment on Feb. 12, 1985, at the age of 61.
"Cheers" had several notable recurring characters over the years, starting with Carla's ex-husband Nick Tortelli, played by Dan Hedaya. The character appeared in six episodes and would eventually get a short-lived spin-off series, along with Jean Kasem (left), called "The Tortellis."
Hedaya is perhaps best known for roles in "Blood Simple," "The Usual Suspects," "Clueless" and "Mulholland Drive." His most recent work includes cameos in the TV shows "Blue Bloods," "Gotham" and "The Mindy Project."
Frances Sternhagen may have only made seven appearances on "Cheers" as Cliff Clavin's mother Esther, but she made the most of it, earning two Emmy nominations during her run on the show.
A Broadway and movie veteran, Sternhagen can claim movie roles in "Dolphin Tale," "The Mist" and "Julie and Julia," as well as TV roles on "Sex in the City," "ER," "Parenthood" and "The Closer," among her post-"Cheers" credits. She most recently had a supporting role in the 2014 romantic-comedy "And So It Goes," starring Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton.
Roger Rees played English multi-millionaire industrialist Robin Colcord, appearing in 17 episodes starting with the first episode of the eighth season. His character spent most of his time on the show as a love interest for Kirstie Alley's gold-digging Rebecca Howe.
Rees is seen here with his husband Rick Elice a couple of months before his July 10, 2015, death from brain cancer at age 71. Besides "Cheers," he is best known for his TV roles on "Warehouse 13," "The West Wing," "Grey's Anatomy" and "Boston Common," and in movies such as "Frida," "The Invasion," "The Prestige," "Garfield: A Tale of Two Kitties," "The Pink Panther" and "Robin Hood: Men in Tights."
Jay Thomas (Carla's perpetually unlucky second-husband Eddie LeBec) most recently appeared in the TV series "Bones," "NCIS: New Orleans" and "Ray Donovan." Thomas is also famous for such TV roles as "Mork & Mindy, "Murphy Brown" and "Love & War," and movie roles in "Dragonfly" and "Mr. Holland's Opus."
Tom Skerritt (Evan Drake) most recently has had small parts on TV series such as "Madame Secretary" and "The Good Wife" and made a cameo as himself in the 2012 movie "Ted." Already known for film roles in "Alien" and "Top Gun" before "Cheers," Skerritt went also went on to star in the TV drama "Picket Fences" for four seasons following his run on the sitcom.
Leah Remini, who would go on to star in "The King of Queens," got her start playing Carla's daughter, Serafina, on two episodes of "Cheers."
Tom Berenger ("Major League," "The Big Chill") earned an Emmy nomination for his two-episode appearance as Don Santry, a plumber who marries Rebecca in the series' 1993 finale.
No stranger to TV audiences thanks to his run on the sitcom "Taxi," Christopher Lloyd made a pre-"Back to the Future" appearance on "Cheers" in 1984 as tortured artist Phillip Semenko, who Diane hired, behind Sam's back, to paint a portrait of herself.
Boston Celtics great Kevin McHale made two memorable guest appearances on the show playing himself. After his Hall of Fame career, he went on to stints as coach and general manager for the Minnesota Timberwolves and coach for the Houston Rockets.
John Cleese of "Monty Python" fame made a guest appearance on a 1987 episode as the pompous psychiatrist Dr. Simon Finch-Royce, earning an Emmy for his lone "Cheers" appearance.
Emma Thompson, who has since won two Academy Awards in five nominations, guest-starred in a 1992 episode as Nanette, Frasier's ex-wife and a children's entertainer known as "Nanny G." The role would also later be played by "Roseanne" actress Laurie Metcalf and Dina Spybey on "Frasier."
The show also had its share of political guest stars, including former U.S. Sen. and current Secretary of State John Kerry, former Speaker of the House Tip O'Neill and former Democratic presidential hopeful Gary Hart.
The cast has reunited a few times over the years, including this 2006 appearance by John Ratzenberger, Rhea Perlman, Shelley Long and Ted Danson to accept their Legend Award for "Cheers" at the TV Land Awards.
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