Born in Indiana, Chad Everett attended high school in Dearborn, Michigan, where he played quarterback on the school football team. During his junior year at Wayne State University, Everett landed an acting role with a Michigan repertory company, accompanying the troupe on a State Department-sponsored tour of India. He headed to Hollywood in 1960, got nowhere fast, relocated to New York, did some modelling and TV commercials, then was signed to a $250-per week contract with Warner Bros. He made his film debut in Warners' Claudelle Inglish (1961), and co-starred in the studio's 1963 TV western series The Dakotas. Everett then signed with MGM, where he was featured in such films as Made in Paris (1964) and The Singing Nun (1965). In 1969, MGM's TV division cast Everett in his signature role as Dr. Joe Gannon in Medical Center, a popular weekly which ran until 1976. After Medical Center, Everett continued appearing in theatrical and made-for-TV movies, and also starred in three weekly series: Hagen (1980, as Paul Hagen), The Rousters (1983, as Wyatt Earp III) and McKenna (1994, as Jack McKenna). Chad Everett also wrote, directed and performed in several TV commercials and industrial films, and was the author of a self-published book of romantic poetry, written for and dedicated to his wife, actress Shelby Grant. He died of lung cancer in July 2012.
Biography by Hal Erickson
- Played quarterback on his high-school football team.
- Toured India with an acting company while in college.
- Changed his name after signing with Warner Bros. in 1960.
- As a guest on The Dick Cavett Show in 1972, he referred to his wife as his "property," causing Lily Tomlin to storm off the set.
- Is the author of a self-published book of romantic poetry dedicated to his wife.
- Was treated for alcoholism and attended Alcoholics Anonymous meetings.
- Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1986.