Wendt had planned to play Oscar opposite Tim Kazurinsky’s Felix. The show will begin previews on Friday, as planned, and officially open Nov. 9, with Marc Grapey subbing for Wendt.
Cheers actor George Wendt has been hospitalized with chest pains and forced to drop out of a Chicago stage production of The Odd Couple. The 64-year-old actor, best known for playing the beer-loving Norm on the long-running NBC sitcom, checked into the hospital Sunday evening, the Northlight Theatre in Skokie reported yesterday. “George is family to us at Northlight and we wish him well for a complete and speedy recovery,” Odd Couple director B.J. Jones told the Chicago Sun-Times. “He will be missed in the rehearsal room and on stage.”
Wendt “is getting medical attention and will eventually make a full recovery,” theater executive director Timothy Evans said in a statement.