Actor & Author
John Ratzenberger[/B] - Following Vincent Pastore's withdrawal, Ratzenberger has nobly stepped in to take his place. Show producers had previously extended an invitation to him to participate this season, but a scheduling conflict prevented him from accepting until now. He takes on the added challenge of having less time to train than his fellow competitors before the series premieres - two weeks versus four.Ratzenberger's most prominent recent work has been as host and producer of John Ratzenberger's Made in America, and as author of the new book, We've Got It Made in America: A Common Man's Salute to An Uncommon Country. The beloved actor starred in the classic television series Cheers and in ABC's 8 Simple Rules. He is also the only actor to have voiced a role in all of Pixar's feature films, including Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Cars and the upcoming Ratatouille.
* Emerald Ball Latin Amateur Champion
* 1st Place - 2001 International Grand Ball (San Francisco)
* 1st Place - 2001 Holiday Ball (Las Vegas, Nevada)
Based in: Los Angeles
Status: Currently competing with Edyta Sliwinska
Edyta partnered boxing champion Evander Holyfield in Season 1 when they came fifth. In Season 2 she and George Hamilton also came fifth. During Season 3, she partnered actor Joey Lawrence and they came in third place.
Edyta comes from a working-class Polish background and has made many sacrifices to pursue her dream to become the world's greatest Latin dancer. She misses her family greatly but feels she is on the road to stardom in the dancing world so the sacrifice is worth it.