Shelley Long Now
It’s hard to overstate the comic genius of Shelley Long. For anyone who has caught her performances on Modern Family in recent years, she has a ‘je ne sais quoi’ in her timing and delivery that not many comic actors possess. She also had a successful film career which included titles like Irreconcilable Differences, The Money Pit and A Very Brady Sequel.
George Wendt Then
George Wendt may have been kicked out of university, but thank goodness he didn’t go and do a fashion course – he went into acting! Getting his start in show business sweeping the floor, he quickly moved onto appearances on MASH and Taxi. Originally meant to be a bit part, Norm was so loved by audiences that the show’s producers wrote him in a main character – and he was on every single episode of the show from then on.