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7. An Ex-American Football Player Was Going To Run Cheers
A classic ensemble comedy about a Boston bar where everyone
knows your name, Cheers still holds up even today, unlike many of its peers.
The sitcom launched the careers of Ted Danson, Kelsey Grammar and Woody
Harrelson, amongst others, but at least of one of them came close to never
descending those steps down to the Cheers bar.
The original idea for Cheers featured a former American
football player behind the bar, with Married With Children’s Ed O’Neill
considered, along with actual ex-football player Fred Dryer. In the end Ted Danson
won the role but his lithe frame made the American football backstory
unsuitable. Instead, Sam’s character was re-written as a former pitcher for the
Red Sox baseball team.
Dryer did later appear in a guest stop as a sports caster
and old friend of Danson’s Sam Malone, but it was clear that without Danson’s
easy going charm Cheers would not have lasted for an amazing 11 series.
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