Veteran actor Chad Everett, famous for starring in the 1960s CBS series Medical Center and the film Mulholland Drive, died Tuesday in Los Angeles after a year-and-a-half battle with lung cancer. He was 75.
Everett leaves behind a career of over 50 years of work on an eclectic variety of films and television productions, including guest appearances on shows such as Murder, She Wrote, The Love Boat, Melrose Place, Supernatural, and Castle.
It was his portrayal of Dr. Joe Gannon on TV’s Medical Center, which ran from 1969 to 1976, that really put Everett on the map. As one fan tweeted, he was the original Dr. McDreamy. Everett earned two Golden Globe Awards for bringing the character to life on the small screen.
Everett is survived by his two daughters and six grandchildren. His wife of 45 years, Shelby Grant, passed away in June 2011.
Colleagues and friends have taken to Twitter to remember the great actor’s work:
From Jensen and me… Rest In Peace Chad Everett. Gone too soon. The family has lost another.
— Jared Padalecki (@jarpad) July 25, 2012
R.I.P. Chad Everett whom we all loved working with on #Supernatural !
— Jim Michaels (@TheJimMichaels) July 25, 2012
Today we Lost Chad Everett who made a guest appear on SN as Old Dean. RIP Chad instagr.am/p/NfUfa8p_9e/
— Supernatural (@CW_Supernatural) July 25, 2012
Really sorry to learn Chad Everett died today. I loved working with him as “old Dean” on Supernatural. He was warm & funny & charming.RIP
— Jim Beaver (@jumblejim) July 25, 2012
RIP Chad Everett. You were a great Old Dean Winchester.
— Jenny Klein (@jennydelherpes) July 25, 2012
Sad news about Chad Everett. Super nice guy and will be missed.
— Joe Mantegna (@JoeMantegna) July 25, 2012
We have lost two wonderful people today. RIP—Sherman Hemsley and Chad Everett.
— Patty Duke (@pattyduke_id) July 25, 2012