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George Wendt Hospitalized, Bows Out of The Odd Couple

30 October 2012 8:15 PM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Maybe all those glasses of beer caught up to the Cheers regular. Actor George Wendt checked into a local hospital on Sunday night after complaining of chest pains, according to The Chicago Sun-Times. The 64-year-old is now receiving medical care and is expected to make a full recovery, however, Wendt will no longer be a part of the theater production for The Odd Couple.  As a result of his hospitalization, Wendt will be leaving his role as Oscar Madison in the Northlight Theatre production opposite Tim Kazurkinsky, who stars as Felix Unger. Instead, Marc Grapey will take on the role. "George is family to us at Northlight and we wish him well for a complete and speedy »

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Former 'Cheers' Star George Wendt Hospitalized

30 October 2012 3:52 PM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

George Wendt has had to take time off work in light of a hospitalization on Sunday due to chest pains, according to the Chicago Tribune.

The six-time Emmy nominee, 64, perhaps best known for his turn as Norm on the classic sitcom Cheers, was cast to play Oscar in a production of The Odd Couple running at the Northlight Theatre in Skokie, Illinois, but will now be replaced by Broadway actor Marc Grapey.

Theater executive director Timothy Evans tells the Tribune that Wendt is "getting medical attention and will eventually make a full recovery."

Related: Drink Up! Cheers Celebrates 30 Years

Show director B.J. Jones spoke to the Chicago Sun-Times, adding, "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." »

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George Wendt hospitalized with chest pains: 'Cheers' star forced to bow out of 'The Odd Couple' production

30 October 2012 3:19 PM, PDT | Pop2it | See recent Pop2it news »

George Wendt , best known for playing beloved barfly Norm on "Cheers," was hospitalized Sunday (Oct. 29) after complaining of chest pains.

According to Timothy Evans, executive director of the Northlight Theatre in Skokie, a Chicago suburb where Wendt was set to star in a production of Neil Simon's "The Odd Couple," the Second City comedian "is getting medical attention and will eventually make a full recovery."

Actor Marc Grapey, who was cast to play Murray, will replace Wendt as Oscar opposite "Saturday Night Live" alum Tim Kazurinsky's Felix. The play opens Nov. 9.

"All of us at Northlight wish George all the best for a speedy recuperation," said Evans.

Cheers to that! »


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