Fred Dryer

  1. Ted Danson, Cheers, TV, 1982-1993. For Sam Malone, ex-athlete turned bar-keep, NBC looked at a various athletes-turned-actors. Although the ex-NFL football player had scant acting experience, Dryer tested opposite Julia Duffy as Diane. The NBC suits loved him, the couple not so much. However, an actor was required. No matter, Dryer won his own NBC slot that year with Hunter, 1984-1991, inspired by his Eastwoodian look. Dryer also turned up in four Cheers episode as Danson’s sportscaster pal.

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