TV and film actor George Wendt played Norm Peterson in all 273 episodes of Cheers over 11 years from 1982 to 1993. Norm was from Boston but George is a died in the wool native of Illinois. He invented a recurring character on Saturday Night Live who was one of the ultimate beer-guzzling fans of "da Bulls" and "da Bears." He has played a wide variety of comic and serious roles from the voice of Garfield the cat to one of the jurors in a stage production of Twelve Angry Men.
George was born in Chicago on Oct. 17, 1948. He was raised in Illinois and attended public schools until boarding at Campion High School, a Jesuit school in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin. He attended Notre Dame University and another Jesuit school, Rockhurst College in Kansas City where he received a B.A. in Economics. George was a member of the regular cast at Second City from 1974 to 1980.