Chad Everett of TV's 'Medical Center' dies at 75

chad-everett-gi.jpg Chad Everett, the star of the long-running 1960s-'70s TV drama "Medical Center," has died.

Everett, 75, died Tuesday (July 24) at his Los Angeles home, the AP reports. He had been suffering from lung cancer for the past 18 months, daughter Katherine Thorp says.

Everett had been a working actor for a number of years when he landed the role of Dr. Joe Gannon on "Medical Center," which ran on CBS from 1969-76. The show was a big hit, landing in the Top 20 of the Nielsen ratings for several seasons, and earned Everett a pair of Golden Globe nominations.

Everett is the second TV star of the 1970s who passed away Tuesday. Sherman Hemsley of "The Jeffersons" also died, at 74, of natural causes.

Later in his career, Everett had a recurring part on "Melrose Place" as Thomas Sterling, starred in the mid-'90s ABC series "McKenna," made several appearances on "Murder, She Wrote" and co-starred in David Lynch's "Mulholland Dr.," among numerous other credits. His last role was a guest appearance on "Castle" in February.

Everett is survived by two daughters and six grandchildren.

Here's a bit of Everett in action on "Medical Center":

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