George Wendt has been forced to leave the cast of The Odd Couple after experiencing worrying chest pains. The actor – who is best known for his role as beer-guzzling Norm Peterson in Cheers – checked into medical care on Sunday.
The 64-year-old Chicago, Illinois native was supposed to play Oscar Madison in the stage production starting November 9, and beginning previews on Friday.
Timothy Evans, executive director of the Northlight Theater, told the Chicago Tribune: ‘[He] is getting medical attention and will eventually make a full recovery.’
According to the theater, Wendt’s role will be filled by Marc Grapey, who was already in the cast as Murray, and who was previously in a Broadway production with Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick.
Odd Couple director B.J. Jones said: ‘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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