George Wendt guest stars as mattress store owner Harv on Fresh Off the Boat

George Wendt
George Wendt, seen here in Harry’s Law from 2011, will star in tonight’s episode of Fresh Off the Boat. Pic credit: NBCUniversal, Inc.

Tonight’s Halloween episode of Fresh Off the Boat will feature a familiar face for many. George Wendt will join the cast for this special Halloween episode called Workin’ the ‘Ween.

In the episode, Eddie, played by Hudson Yang, will get a job at a mattress store. The store is owned by Harv, who is played by Wendt.

However, the job, which is only meant to bring in some extra money so Eddie can afford to buy himself a car, becomes a scary task as Eddie has to work in the creepy store all by himself on Halloween.

If George Wendt looks familiar, it’s because he has a lengthy resume, including 141 credits on IMDB. He may be best known for playing Norm Peterson on Cheers, a show that ran from 1982 to 1993.

However, he also starred in Fletch, Forever Young with Mel Gibson, and even produced Spice World from 1997. He also played Bob Swerski on Saturday Night Live from 1991 to 2003, for a total of eight episodes.  He also played Mike Shelby on Sabrina, the Teenage Witch.

Another fun fact is that he played Macaulay Culkin’s father in Michael Jackson’s Black or White video.

George Robert Wendt III was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, and after attending a strict prep school, he dropped out of Notre Dame University. Wendt met his wife while working at the Second City in Chicago. He’s been married to Bernadette Birkett since 1978 and the two have two sons and one daughter.

Last October, Wendt opened up to the Toronto Sun about potential Cheers reboot, revealing that it is almost inevitable that the show will come back in some form.

“I think some sort of reboot is inevitable whether it’s a movie or a show. They tried it onstage, but that didn’t work out. Studios and networks do love brands, so because the brand is recognizable they might try to exploit that brand.”

“As for a proper reboot with a 70-ish Sam Malone, I think that’s a very interesting idea. And hey, we’re still all alive. Coach died early, but it could be great fun. But I wouldn’t hold my breath,” George said at the time.

Fresh Off the Boat airs Fridays at 8/7c on ABC.

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