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‘Cheers’ Has to Recast a Role When a Nervous Guest Star Bolted

The NBC comedy Cheers had a number of memorable guest stars. There were celebrities like Alex Trebek and Tip O’Neill. There were actors who would become well known for other roles like Harry Anderson and John Mahoney. In fact, Mahoney guest starred on Cheers when another actor bailed forcing the Cheers producers to recast. 

L-R: Kirstie Alley, Woody Harrelson, and Ted Danson | NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

Cheers writer Ken Levine discussed the show’s celebrity guest stars on an episode of his Hollywood & Levine podcast. Here’s why Mahoney had to fill in at the last minute. 



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