George Wendt Hospitalized With Chest Pains 'Norm' has to pull out of 'Odd Couple' production By John Johnson, Newser Staff Posted Oct 30, 2012 5:14 PM CDT 15 comments Comments Actor George Wendt poses for a portrait in 2009. (AP Photo/Jeff Christensen) (Newser) – George Wendt—better known to most as Norm! from Cheers—is hospitalized with chest pains, reports the Chicago Tribune. The 64-year-old actor is expected to make a full recovery, says an official with the Northlight Theatre in Skokie. Wendt was set to begin appearing in a stage production of the Odd Couple this week at the theater, but he had to leave the cast.