[en] A universal set of third-nearest-neighbor tight-binding (TB) parameters is presented for calculation of the quasiparticle (QP) dispersion of N stacked sp(2) graphene layers (N=1...infinity) with AB stacking sequence. The present TB parameters are fit to ab initio calculations on the GW level and are universal, allowing to describe the whole pi "experimental" band structure with one set of parameters. This is important for describing both low-energy electronic transport and high-energy optical properties of graphene layers. The QP bands are strongly renormalized by electron-electron interactions, which results in a 20% increase in the nearest-neighbor in-plane and out-of-plane TB parameters when compared to band structure from density-functional theory. With the new set of TB parameters we determine the Fermi surface and evaluate exciton energies, charge carrier plasmon frequencies, and the conductivities which are relevant for recent angle-resolved photoemission, optical, electron energy loss, and transport measurements. A comparision of these quantitities to experiments yields an excellent agreement. Furthermore we discuss the transition from few-layer graphene to graphite and a semimetal to metal transition in a TB framework.