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Title: Chad Everett & Sherman Hemsley RIP


William S. Wilson - July 25, 2012 03:13 PM (GMT)
Two TV legends passed away recently.

Chad Everett had a career dating back to the 1960s. He is best known for the series MEDICAL CENTER, which I've never actually seen. I probably first saw him in AIRPLANE II as a kid:

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/tv/sh...0,4308588.story

Sherman Hemsley will forever be remembered as George Jefferson, which ran for a decade. I also remember enjoying his show AMEN back in the 80s:

http://www.latimes.com/news/obituaries/la-...0,1264820.story

Jim Donahue - July 25, 2012 04:19 PM (GMT)
Chad Everett is wonderfully creepy in David Lynch's MULHOLLAND DR.

Marty McKee - July 25, 2012 04:52 PM (GMT)
First, the greatest Sherman Hemsley story you will ever read.

Second...okay, I realize this is going to sound ridiculous. Chad Everett became something of a cult figure to a small group of friends in college. This was the late 1980s when my roommate and I got addicted to MEDICAL CENTER reruns on TNT. It was such a terrible show and Chad was such a terrible actor (with amazing helmet hair and insane '70s fashions) that we had to watch every day. Then I found an LP he had cut during the 70s called, of course, CHAD, which was terrible. The single was "You Set My Dreams to Music," which we played the hell out of.

When I became a DJ at a Top 40 station, the first song I played--way off the playlist--was "You Set My Dreams to Music." I had already been on the AM station for awhile, and the other DJs (we all hung out and partied together) made sure the boss wasn't listening when I did it.

One morning, my roomie Dave and I had an emergency. The power had cut out during the end of MEDICAL CENTER, and we didn't know how it ended. It was a ridiculous episode about the greatest heart surgeon in the world (Bradford Dillman maybe?) who was hiding in Canada as a draft dodger. Chad had an emergency patient who needed an operation and prevailed on Dillman to come to L.A. to do it, even though Dillman would probably be busted and go to jail.

What to do? We called TNT master control at midnight and asked if they saw the end of the episode. A guy named Mark Testa (believe it) came to the phone and started to describe the end. It turns out the guys at TNT also thought MEDICAL CENTER was an amazing show. Then he said, "Want me to just play the end for you?" He threaded up the tape and held the phone to the little speaker so we could hear the end. He said, "Hey, if you guys ever come to Atlanta, let me know."

A few months later, yeah, we roadtripped to Atlanta. Went to TNT at about midnight and got a private tour from Testa. We gifted him with some Chad stuff, and he played some hilarious MEDICAL CENTER promos he and his buddies had done...that actually aired. I have these somewhere.

There's a lot more dumb stuff like this (like the homemade Chad bumper stickers we put on our cars), but suffice to say, the loss of Chad Everett means the end of an era to us.

Here's the Chad music video my roommate edited in 1987 to "You Set My Dreams to Music": The World's First Chad Everett Music Video

Raymond Tucker - July 25, 2012 05:27 PM (GMT)
I wish VCRs had been around the year Jerry Lewis sang 'Could It Be Magic' on his telethon, with new lyrics about calling in a pledge. Afterward, Chad Everett is teary eyed and says "Jerry! You MOVE me, man!"

Brian Camp - July 25, 2012 05:30 PM (GMT)
I'm astounded to say this, but I couldn't find a single thing on Chad Everett's filmography that I remember seeing. I've known who he was since I was a kid, and I must have seen him guesting in some TV show sometime, like "Police Story" or something. And I may have watched pieces of one or another of his movies on TV, like THE LAST CHALLENGE or THE SINGING NUN, but I just don't recall seeing one entire thing listed on his filmography. :(

And after reading Marty's post, I'm sorry I never watched "Medical Center."

Raymond Tucker - July 25, 2012 05:35 PM (GMT)
QUOTE (Raymond Tucker @ Jul 25 2012, 11:27 AM)
I wish VCRs had been around the year Jerry Lewis sang 'Could It Be Magic' on his telethon, with new lyrics about calling in a pledge. Afterward, Chad Everett is teary eyed and says "Jerry! You MOVE me, man!"

YouTube is the miracle of our age! The magic really gets rolling at 6:35.
Jerry Lewis sings "Could It Be Magic" on Telethon 1981

Lisa Larkin - July 25, 2012 08:22 PM (GMT)
QUOTE (Brian Camp @ Jul 25 2012, 11:30 AM)
I'm astounded to say this, but I couldn't find a single thing on Chad Everett's filmography that I remember seeing. I've known who he was since I was a kid, and I must have seen him guesting in some TV show sometime, like "Police Story" or something. And I may have watched pieces of one or another of his movies on TV, like THE LAST CHALLENGE or THE SINGING NUN, but I just don't recall seeing one entire thing listed on his filmography. :(

And after reading Marty's post, I'm sorry I never watched "Medical Center."

Chad did a brilliant guest spot on SUPERNATURAL last year, playing a prematurely aged Dean Winchester. Jim Beaver (who plays Bobby on the show) reminisced about how much fun they had on the set. The episode is entitled "The Curious Case of Dean Winchester".

Marty McKee - July 26, 2012 01:45 AM (GMT)
QUOTE (Lisa Larkin @ Jul 25 2012, 02:22 PM)

Chad did a brilliant guest spot on SUPERNATURAL last year, playing a prematurely aged Dean Winchester. Jim Beaver (who plays Bobby on the show) reminisced about how much fun they had on the set. The episode is entitled "The Curious Case of Dean Winchester".

Yep. He really was good. One of the best Everett performances I've seen (and I've seen too many). Lisa, where is the Beaver reminiscence?

Lisa Larkin - July 26, 2012 03:34 AM (GMT)
QUOTE (Marty McKee @ Jul 25 2012, 07:45 PM)
QUOTE (Lisa Larkin @ Jul 25 2012, 02:22 PM)

Chad did a brilliant guest spot on SUPERNATURAL last year, playing a prematurely aged Dean Winchester. Jim Beaver (who plays Bobby on the show) reminisced about how much fun they had on the set. The episode is entitled "The Curious Case of Dean Winchester".

Yep. He really was good. One of the best Everett performances I've seen (and I've seen too many). Lisa, where is the Beaver reminiscence?
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It was my honor to work with Chad just a year or so on SUPERNATURAL. He was perfect casting as an older version of one our lead characters, and he was a joy to be around. We butted heads very, very gently politically, but had a great time working together. He had a tireless sense of humor and he was exquisitely devoted to his wife. I think he had a lot of fun playing with us, and I know I had a blast having him there. RIP.




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