Chad Everett

Actor
A masculine leading man on television and in the occasional feature during the late 1960s and 1970s, Chad Everett rose to fame as a young doctor on the popular drama "Medical Center" (CBS, 1969-1976) before enjoying a ... Read more »
Born: 06/10/1936 in South Bend, Indiana, USA

Filmography

Actor (59)

Pioneers of Television 2014 (Tv Show)

Interviewee

Castle 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Supernatural 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Without A Trace 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Cold Case 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

E-Ring 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Jack & Bobby 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

TV Land Awards: A Celebration of Classic TV 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The Mountain 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Manhattan, AZ 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Mulholland Drive 2001 (Movie)

Jimmy Katz (Actor)

Cybill 1993 - 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

Diagnosis Murder 1986 - 1987, 1992 - 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

Free Fall 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Love Boat: The Next Wave 1993 - 1994, 1996 - 1999 (Tv Show)

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Medical Center 1969 - 1976, 1986 - 1987, 1989 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Melrose Place 1993 - 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

Murder, She Wrote 1986 - 1987, 1989 - 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Nanny 1993 - 1994, 1996 - 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

Touched By an Angel 1993 - 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

Harlequin's Hard to Forget 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Psycho 1998 (Movie)

Tom Cassidy (Actor)

Caroline in the City 1996 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

Just Shoot Me 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

Kirk 1996 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

Nurses 1993 - 1994, 1996 - 1997 (Tv Show)

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Pacific Palisades 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

McKenna 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Tube Test Two 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Heroes Stand Alone 1989 (Movie)

Zack Duncan (Actor)

The Jigsaw Murders 1988 (Movie)

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Fever Pitch 1985 (Movie)

Dutchman (Actor)

Battle of the Network Stars XV 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Airplane II: the Sequel 1982 (Movie)

Kurtz (Actor)

Battle of the Network Stars VIII 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

The French Atlantic Affair 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

In the Glitter Palace 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

The Last Challenge 1967 (Movie)

Lot McGuire (Actor)

First to Fight 1966 (Movie)

Jack Connell (Actor)

Johnny Tiger 1965 (Movie)

Johnny (Actor)

Made in Paris 1965 (Movie)

Ted Barclay (Actor)

The Singing Nun 1965 (Movie)

Robert Gerarde (Actor)

Get Yourself a College Girl 1963 (Movie)

Gary (Actor)

The Dakotas 1962 - 1963 (TV Show)

Actor

A Man Called Ragan 1961 - 1962 (TV Show)

Actor

Rome Adventure 1961 (Movie)

Young Man (Actor)

The Chapman Report 1961 (Movie)

Bob Jensen (Actor)

Claudelle Inglish 1960 (Movie)

Linn Varner (Actor)

Centennial (TV Show)

Actor

Hagen (TV Show)

Actor

Malibu (TV Show)

Actor

Mistress of Paradise (TV Show)

Actor

Official Denial (TV Show)

Actor

Return of the Gunfighter (TV Show)

Actor

Star Command (TV Show)

Actor

The Intruder Within (TV Show)

Actor

The Rousters (TV Show)

Actor

Thunder Boat Row (TV Show)

Actor

When Time Expires (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

A masculine leading man on television and in the occasional feature during the late 1960s and 1970s, Chad Everett rose to fame as a young doctor on the popular drama "Medical Center" (CBS, 1969-1976) before enjoying a long career as a series lead and guest player on the small screen for over four decades. Everett left the Midwest in 1960 for Hollywood, where he enjoyed a minor career as a youthful romantic lead in modest features like "Made in Paris" (1966) and "The Singing Nun" (1966). "Medical Center," which partnered him with James Daly as surgeons at a Los Angeles university hospital, thrust him into stardom, but he never found a subsequent project that equaled its popularity. However, Everett remained a constant presence on television well into the new millennium, playing gracefully aging fathers, stern authority figures and even the occasionally mature romantic role. Though never a critical favorite nor highly lauded for his work, Chad Everett was a dependable performer, which granted him a rarity in show business - steady work for over a half-century.

Born Raymon Lee Cramton on June 11, 1936 in South Bend, IN, Chad Everett was the son of Harry Clyde Cramton and his wife, Virdeen Ruth. The family moved to Dearborn, MI, where Everett became interested in acting as a student at Fordson High School. After graduation, he attended Wayne State University, where he began performing with a Michigan repertory company, which he accompanied to India on a State Department-sponsored theatrical tour. Upon his return, Everett headed for Hollywood, where he was signed to a contract with Warner Bros. Agent Henry Willson, who helped to groom the career of many handsome young leading men during the 1950s and 1960s, spurred Everett to adopt his screen name, though the actor would later state that the moniker change was due to his weariness over having to explain the odd spelling of both names.

Everett's feature debut came in Gordon Douglas' "Claudelle Inglish" (1961) as a clean-cut young man who spurned Diane McBain's wanton title character. Steady work on television and in the occasional feature preceded his debut as a series regular on the Western drama "The Dakotas" (ABC, 1963), which was cancelled after just 18 episodes due to viewers' objections to a violent scene. Despite the program's failure, Everett was soon signed to a contract with MGM, where he was cast as romantic, occasionally brash leads in a variety of features, including the comedy "Made in Paris" (1966) with Ann-Margret and "The Singing Nun" (1966) with Debbie Reynolds in the title role. Few, if any, amounted to more than modest hits, and by 1968's "The Impossible Years," his career as a movie star was largely at an end. But within a year's time, Everett was back in the public eye with what would become his best-known role.

Richard Bradford played the role of youthful Dr. Joe Gannon in "U.M.C." (CBS, 1969), the pilot movie for "Medical Center," but was replaced by Everett for the subsequent series, which teamed him with James Daly as surgeons at a university hospital in Los Angeles. A sizable hit for the network during its lengthy run, it earned Everett Golden Globe nominations in 1971 and 1973 while establishing him as a dependable small screen leading man. When "Medical Center" left the air in 1976, it was tied with "Marcus Welby, M.D." (ABC, 1969-1976) as the longest-running medical drama on television then to date. Everett soon parlayed his TV fame into a series of guest appearances on high-profile projects like "In the Glitter Palace" (NBC, 1977) and "Centennial" (NBC, 1978-79). However, his return to series work with "Hagen" (CBS, 1980), with Everett as an outdoorsman who teamed with Arthur Hill's city-bred lawyer to fight crime, lasted less than a full season. Its follow-up, "The Rousters" (NBC, 1983), with Everett as a modern descendant of Wyatt Earp working for a traveling carnival, was widely touted by its network as competition for ratings champ "The Love Boat" (ABC, 1977-1984). It too lasted only 13 episodes.

Everett worked regularly throughout the 1980s and 1990s, balancing a steady diet of episodic television and TV movies with the occasional feature, including "Airplane II: The Sequel" (1982) and Richard Brooks' "Fever Pitch" (1985), which cast him as the main antagonist for Ryan O'Neal's journalist-turned-compulsive gambler. After successfully overcoming a long-standing battle with alcoholism in the 1990s, Everett returned briefly to series work with "McKenna" (ABC, 1994-95) as the patriarch of an outfitting business. He had greater success as a love interest to Cybill Shepherd on "Cybill" (CBS, 1995-98), which led to regular work on popular series like "Melrose Place" (Fox, 1992-99) as well as in the occasional feature like Gus Van Sant's reworking of "Psycho" (1998) and a brief return to series work on the offbeat "Manhattan, AZ" (USA, 2000) as a former Hollywood actor-turned-mayor of a small Southwestern town. The following year, he played Naomi Watts' audition partner in David Lynch's cult favorite "Mulholland Drive" (2001).

Everett remained exceptionally active in the new millennium, providing character turns and the occasional voiceover on numerous television series. The most notable of these was perhaps as an older version of Jared Padalecki's character, who experienced accelerated aging due to a magic spell, on "Supernatural" (The WB/The CW, 2005- ). In 2011, he was among the regular cast of "Chemistry," a short-lived, adult-themed drama on Cinemax. Everett made his final screen appearance in a 2012 episode of "Castle" (ABC, 2009- ) before succumbing to lung cancer on July 24 of that year. He had been battling the disease since 2011, the same year his wife of 45 years, actress Shelby Grant, died of a brain aneurysm.

By Paul Gaita

Relationships

Harry Cramton

Father

Virdeen Cramton

Mother

Katherine Everett

Daughter
Mother, Shelby Grant

Shannon Everett

Daughter
Mother, Shelby Grant

Shelby Grant Actor

Wife
Married May 22, 1966 until her death on June 25, 2011

EDUCATION

Wayne State University

Detroit , Michigan 1960

Wayne State University

Detroit , Michigan 1960

Milestones

2012

Guest starred on ABC's "Castle"

2011

Appeared on the Cinemax erotic drama series "Chemistry"

2004

Hosted Trinity Broadcasting Network's "Master's Theater"

2001

Played an aging lothario who engages in a steamy audition with Naomi Watts in David Lynch's "Mulholland Drive"

2000

Returned to series work as an unscrupulous mayor on USA Network crime comedy series "Manhattan, AZ"

1998

Cast in Gus Van Sant's remake of "Psycho"

1997

Starred in the TV movie "When Time Expires" (TMC)

1995

Displayed comedic abilities and added spark to his career with guest appearance on CBS sitcom "Cybill"

1994

Returned to series TV after a decade as the star of the adventure series "McKenna" (ABC)

1986

Guest starred on two-episode arc of "The Love Boat" (ABC)

1983

Starred as Wyatt Earp III on NBC series "The Rousters"

1982

Returned to features in "Airplane II: The Sequel"

1980

Returned to series TV as star of the short-lived CBS drama "Hagen"

1978

Landed one of the lead roles in the acclaimed NBC miniseries "Centennial"

1968

Played sensitive surgeon Dr. Joe Gannon on CBS medical drama "Medical Center"

1967

Starred in first TV movie "Return of the Gunfighter" (ABC)

1965

Co-starred opposite Debbie Reynolds in "The Singing Nun"

1964

Signed contract with MGM

1963

Appeared as series regular on "The Dakotas" (ABC)

1961

Feature acting debut, "Claudelle Inglish"

1960

Landed early TV role on episode of "Cheyenne" (ABC)

Toured India with stage troupe while in college

Raised outside Detroit, MI

First acted while in high school at age 14

Bonus Trivia

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Everett openly admitted he was in Alcoholics Anonymous. He famously battled and beat alcoholism in the 1980s.

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"Yeah man, I stepped in it pretty good. I got out of it with God's help and other people's help. So, whoever is listening: You don't have to stay there." – Everett in an Infomercial for the National Recovery Institute

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