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George Wendt: Ex-‘Cheers’ actor leaves play after suffering chest pains

- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 31, 2012

SKOKIE, Ill. (AP) — Chest pains will keep actor George Wendt from performing as Oscar Madison in a Chicago-area production of "The Odd Couple."

Northlight Theatre announced Tuesday that the actor, famous for playing Norm Peterson on the TV show "Cheers," checked into a hospital Sunday and is receiving medical attention. Northlight Theatre Executive Director Timothy Evans said Mr. Wendt "will eventually make a full recovery."

The 64-year-old Mr. Wendt was to perform in the show from Nov. 2 through Dec. 9 in the Chicago suburb of Skokie. He will be replaced by actor Marc Grapey, who previously performed in "The Odd Couple" on Broadway with Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick.

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