George Wendt of 'Cheers' fame reportedly hospitalized with chest pains
George Wendt of "Cheers" fame was reportedly hospitalized on Sunday, October 28, after complaining of chest pains, according to reports.
The 64-year-old actor is receiving medical treatment and is expected to make a full recovery, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. He was set to star in Northlight Theatre production of "The Odd Couple" in Skokie, Illinois - a Chicago suburb - as Oscar Madison but was forced to back out of the role due to his health.
"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," BJ Jones, the director of the Northlight production of "The Odd Couple," said in a statement to the newspaper. "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. Marc will step in to the role and we couldn't be more pleased to have his talent and energy in the cast."
Wendt is best known for his role as Norm Peterson on "Cheers." Shortly after "Cheers" ended, Wendt starred in "The George Wendt Show," which aired in 1995. He went on to appear in other television series like "Seinfeld," "The Larry Sanders Show," and "Hot in Cleveland." He reprised his Norm character in episodes of "The Simpsons," "Family Guy" and "Frasier."
The Northlight Theater has set up an app on their Facebook page where fans can sign a "Get Well Soon" card for Wendt. "The Odd Couple" will being its previews on November 2 and runs through December 9.