Chad Everett, Star of 1970s Drama ‘Medical Center,’ Dead at 75

Jul 25, 2012  •  Post A Comment

Veteran TV and film actor Chad Everett, known for his long run as Dr. Joe Gannon on the 1970s CBS drama “Medical Center,” has died, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Everett died Tuesday at his home in Los Angeles after a long battle with lung cancer. He was 75.

Everett appeared in 170 episodes of “Medical Center” from 1969-1976, receiving Golden Globe nominations in 1971 and 1973. He was a frequent guest star on television series, with appearances on "The Love Boat," "Murder, She Wrote," "Melrose Place" and many other shows.

He played a closeted gay police officer on "Cold Case," and appeared recently on "Supernatural" and "Castle."

On the big screen his credits included "Mulholland Dr.," "The Jigsaw Murders" and Gus Van Sant’s 1998 remake of the Hitchcock classic "Psycho."

The article notes: “A conservative Republican, Everett made headlines in 1972 after going toe to toe with Lily Tomlin on ‘The Dick Cavett Show.’ Tomlin, a feminist, became outraged after Everett referred to his wife, horse and dog as his ‘property.’ A 1977 Time magazine profile on Tomlin says she was so infuriated that she ‘stunned even herself’ by storming off the set.”

Everett was married for 45 years to actress Shelby Grant, who died in 2011. He is survived by daughters Katherine and Shannon, and six grandchildren.

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  1. A really terrific man, who loved his family dearly. He will be missed greatly. Chad, give Shelby a hug from us.
    Gary & Cyndi

  2. He was a terrific man, who truly loved his family. He will be missed! Chad, give Shelby a hug for us. We love you.
    Gary & Cyndi

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