Former 'Cheers' Star George Wendt Hospitalized Due to Chest Pains


George Wendt


The Norm Peterson of classical sitcom 'Cheers' has been hospitalized with chest pains, making Marc Grapey replace him in a theater production.

Sad news comes from George Wendt. The former "Cheers" actor was hospitalized with chest pains on Sunday evening, October 28. Timothy Evans, an executive director from Northlight Theatre where the actor worked, says to the Chicago Tribune that the actor "is getting medical attention and will eventually make a full recovery."

George worked on a play called "The Odd Couple", in which the 64-year-old actor played Oscar Madison. Because of the illness, he will be replaced by Marc Grapey who was previously cast as Murray in the production.

"George is family to us at Northlight and we wish him well for a complete and speedy recovery. He will be missed in the rehearsal room and on stage," director BJ Jones from the play told the Chicago Sun-Times.

"We are so fortunate to have the brilliant Chicago actor Marc Grapey on our team, who was in the Broadway company of 'The Odd Couple,' covering for both Nathan Lane and going on for Matthew Broderick," he added. "Marc will step in to the role and we couldn't be more pleased to have his talent and energy in the cast."

"The Odd Couple" will premiere on November 9. It tells about two friends who try to share a place of living, but differences between them only create problems.

© AceShowbiz.com


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