George Wendt Surgery, Recovers With Laughter

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By Emma Koonse, Christian Post Reporter
November 2, 2012|11:04 am

"Cheers" star George Wendt has come out of bypass surgery laughing on Friday in Chicago.

The actor went into the hospital for chest pains on Sunday and had a successful coronary-bypass surgery on Thursday.

Wendt is currently playing Oscar Madison in a Chicago-area production of "The Odd Couple" when he had to leave the set and go to the hospital.

Northlight Theatre announced his hospitalization earlier this week; with executive director Timothy Evans adding that Wendt "will eventually make a full recovery."

It seems as though the 64-year-old performer is already feeling better though. Wendt shared a laugh with reporters while recuperating in an Illinois hospital, according to the Chicago Tribune.

"I did in fact have a piece of Polish sausage lodged in my artery," quipped the actor in an email to the publication. "The doc said it was coronary kielbosis."

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Wendt's manager Geoff Cheddy further confirmed the actor's condition.

"George and his family send heart-felt thanks to all the well-wishers," said the manager, according to the Tribune. "And they ask for privacy and consideration as he recovers."

Wendt is best known for his portrayal of Norm Peterson in the long-running and beloved NBC sitcom "Cheers."

In 1978, Wendt married Bernadette Birkett who provided the rare off-screen voice of Norm's unseen wife Vera on "Cheers." The couple has two sons and a daughter. Wendt is also the uncle of "SNL" star Jason Sudeikis.

The actor has also appeared on "Seinfeld," "The Simpsons," "House," "Frasier," and "Family Guy," and several other programs.

On Twitter, Wendt's fans reacted to his recent health scare.

"Best wishes for George Wendt on a speedy recovery," wrote Mary.

Fred wrote, "Good luck with recovery, take it slow, listen to your body."

 

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