Post by Mike Spadoni on Jul 25, 2012 12:27:08 GMT 1
Actor Chad Everett, best-known for his role as the handsome and headstrong Doctor Joe Gannon on "Medical Center," died July 24th at his Los Angeles home. His daughter tells the Associated Press the 75-year-old Everett had been battling lung cancer for over a year. The Indiana-born actor, born Raymon Lee Cramton, launched his first notable role on the action-adventure series "Surfside 6," and later played a deputy on the short-lived Western series "The Dakotas." But it wasn't until 1969 that Everett won the role of his life. "Medical Center" became a hit for CBS, thanks to the relationship between young doctor Gannon and more experienced mentor Paul Lochner (James Daly, father of actress Tyne Daly). When it went off the air in 1976, "Medical Center" tied with ABC's more popular "Marcus Welby, MD" as the longest-running American medical drama. (That record has since been shattered by "ER," which lasted 15 seasons.) After "Medical Center," Everett continued to appear in dozens of films and TV series as a guest star. His last role was on ABC's "Castle" this past year. He's survived by his two children; his only marriage--to actress Shelby Grant-- ended with her death in 2011.
"Seeing a murder on television can help work off one's antagonisms. And if you haven't any antagonisms, the commercials will give you some."--Alfred Hitchcock