Emmy-nominated actor John Ratzenberger welcomed service members and military families to a USO screening of his latest movie, “Cars 3,” at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, on June 16.
The star of the Disney-Pixar film, which topped the box office in its opening weekend, kicked off his first USO tour by visiting with service members, engaging in base demonstrations and participating in a private USO Q&A session. Ratzenberger, perhaps best-known for his role as Cliff Clavin on the TV show “Cheers,” visited a military working dog unit, spent one-on-one time with personnel at the base’s fire station and dined with service members.
In addition to Ratzenberger, who voices long-haul driver Mack in “Cars 3,” the film features the voices of Owen Wilson, Cristela Alonzo, Chris Cooper, Nathan Fillion, Larry the Cable Guy, Armie Hammer, Lea DeLaria and Kerry Washington.
When he’s not acting, writing or producing TV and movie projects, Ratzenberger – the only actor to voice an animated character in every Pixar film – works with hundreds of companies nationwide to help military veterans find meaningful new careers in the private sector. The USO tour and screening at Vandenberg Air Force Base is part of the USO’s Force Behind the ForcesSM campaign, which encourages Americans to help the USO strengthen our nation’s service members by keeping them connected to family, home and country.
“It’s so impressive what they do here and most people don’t realize it’s here,” Ratzenberger told local TV station KSBY. “And with the rockets, and satellites, and the people that put it all together … it makes me so proud to be an American. I thank God every day I was born in this country.”
You can send a message of support and thanks directly to service members via the USO’s Campaign to Connect. Your messages will appear on screens at USO locations around the world.