Friends of Manufacturing

Actor John Ratzenberger works to boost manufacturing

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You'd think at 70, with a stupendously successful film and TV career, John Ratzenberger would rest a bit on his laurels.

The Bridgeport, Conn., native -- best known for playing Cliff Clavin on "Cheers" and a part in every Pixar film ever made -- is not resting, but has a busy second career: an outspoken advocate for American manufacturing and job training.

"I think it's an important aspect of life. I grew up in a manufacturing town," Mr. Ratzenberger said in a recent interview. "From a young age, I realized without manufacturing, we're done. It's important -- look around you. Everything you use is made somewhere."

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