Cheers is arguably one of the best sitcoms to ever be televised. This iconic TV show ran from 1982-1993. It still has a lot of fans in 2016, so much, in fact, that its first season is going to be turned into a live stage show. To celebrate the new live show, we decided to take a look back at the most popular actors from Cheers and see what they’re up to today. Who knows, maybe some of them will appear in the new live show…
Ted Danson (Sam Malone) Then – As you probably know, Ted played lead character Sam Malone on Cheers. Although Sam was quite the womanizer, he was always chasing the beautiful Shelley Long, played by Diane Chambers. The on-again-off-again romance helped Cheers be the most watched comedy sitcom for a couple of years.
Ted Danson Now – Ted won two Emmys for his role of Sam Malone, and went on to have a pretty amazing career after the show ended. He appeared in many popular TV series including Fargo, CSI: Cyber and Curb Your Enthusiasm.
Shelley Long (Diane Chambers) Then – Like we already mentioned, Shelley played the role of Sam’s love interest in the comedy sitcom. Shelley starred in Cheers for five seasons before she was written out. She did, however, make a guest appearance from time to time.
Shelley Long Now – Shelley remained busy after Cheers, and has appeared in numerous film and TV shows. Just recently, she made several appearances on the hit show Modern Family.
Rhea Perlman (Carla Tortilla) Then – The actress played a mean-spirited waitress on Cheers named Carla Tortilla. Rhea proved to be a great choice for this role, as the audience loved her character, which is exactly why she appeared in all 275 episodes of the show.
Rhea Perlman Now – Rhea is keeping up with her Cheers co-stars. She appeared in more than 20 films and many TV shows since the comedy sitcom ended. In case you didn’t know, Rhea is married to the famous comedian Danny DeVito.
George Wendt (Norm Peterson) Then – George’s character wasn’t part of the original cast, but people loved him, so he was written into the show and his role was expanded.
George Wendt Now – It’s been 23 years since Cheers ended its run on TV, but George is still in demand. He starred in numerous shows including Wings, The Simpsons, and Family Guy. Just recently, he played a gay barber on the sitcom Clipped. On top of that, Wendt is also a very successful theater actor.
John Ratzenberger (Clifford “Cliff” Calvin, Jr.) Then – John actually auditioned for the role of Norm Peterson, but producers thought George Wendt would be a better choice. John ended up playing Cliff instead.
John Ratzenberger Now – John had a very successful career after Cheers, especially when it comes to voiceover work for animated films. Believe it or not, he voiced a character in every Pixar movie released to date! Pretty crazy, right?
Nicholas Colasanto (Ernie “Coach” Pantusso) Then – Earnie was Sam’s baseball manager and one of Cheers’ bartenders following his retirement from baseball. Nicholas did an amazing job portraying Coach and was without a doubt one of the sitcom’s most beloved cast members.
Nicholas Colasanto Now – Nicholas starred on Cheers for three seasons until his health started getting worse in 1984. A year later Colasanto died of a heart attack and his character had to be written out of the show.
Woody Harrelson (Woody Boyd) Then – Woody Harrelson’s character was written into the show in the fourth season of Cheers, after the unfortunate passing of Nicholas Colasanto. Harrelson did an outstanding job portraying Woody Boyd and he quickly became a fan favorite.
Woody Harrelson Now – There isn’t really much that Woody hasn’t accomplished in his life. He is one of the most popular actors in Hollywood and has starred in over 70 movies, including box office hits like Natural Born Killers and The Hunger Games trilogy. It seems he doesn’t plan on slowing down anytime soon.
Kelsey Grammer (Dr. Frasier Crane) Then – Kelsey played the role of Dr. Frasier, the love interest of Diane Chambers in season three of Cheers. At first, Frasier was supposed to be on the sitcom for a few episodes, but producers were so impressed by Grammer’s acting that they decided to make him a regular.
Kelsey Grammer Now – After Cheers ended in 1993, Kelsey continued his role as Dr. Frasier Crane in one of the most successful spin-offs ever called – Frasier. The show lasted for 11 years! These days, Kelsey does a lot of voiceover work and has also starred in the X-Men franchise.
Kirstie Alley (Rebecca Howe) Then – Kirstie’s character was introduced in season six of Cheers after Shelley Long departed from the show. Kirstie went on to win an Emmy, as well as a Golden Globe Award in 1991 for her role.
Kirstie Alley Now – Although Kirstie continued acting after Cheers, she was never really able to replicate the success she achieved back in the early 1990s. Right now, she’s starring in the second season of FOX’s Scream Queens.
BeBe Neuwirth (Lilith Sternin) Then – Neuwirth appeared in 80 episodes of the popular TV show as Lilith Sternin, a love interest for Dr. Frasier Crane. Let’s find out what BeBe is up to these days…
BeBe Neuwirth Now – The actress reprised her role in 12 episodes of Frasier, and has starred in many other TV shows and films. She won everything from Tony to Emmy awards. On top of that, Neuwirth occasionally acts in Broadway shows.