Tuesday, August 9, 2011

R.I.P. Christopher Mayer

Christopher Mayer Died.

For those who don't know, Christopher Mayer was one half of the unluckiest duo in the history of television.  Along with Byron Cherry, they made up the team that replaced Tom Wopat and John Schneider for the 1982-1983 season of The Dukes of Hazzard....

Christopher Mayer (left) and Byron Cherry (right) as Vance and Coy Duke.
 They were unlucky in the sense that they were flat out rejected by the viewing audience as the "new" Duke boys.  After a contract dispute with the powers that be, Wopat and Schneider were sidelined and their characters were written out of the show with the excuse that they were now NASCAR racers.  Enter cousins Coy and Vance...

Now, who wouldn't have jumped at the chance to be in one of the hottest T.V. shows of the time?  Unfortunately, their time in Hazzard was limited as the "real" Dukes showed up after Wopat and Schneider's  contracts were settled.  Mayer and Cherry were swept under the pop culture rug and both lived in a realm of obscurity.

He was 57 years old. 

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