Saturday, July 30, 2011

'Chip' Mayer, 'Dukes of Hazzard' Actor Dies

Actor Christopher "Chip'' Mayer, best known for his role as Vance Duke on the popular "Dukes of Hazzard" television show, has died. He was 57.
Mayer, who appeared in the film "Liar Liar," and on several popular television shows in the 1980s and 1990s, died July 23 of natural causes in Sherman Oaks, according to Variety.

He first gained notoriety when he and actor Byron Cherry joined "Dukes" to play cousins of the main characters, Bo and Luke Duke - fast-driving moonshine runners who were perpetually trying to evade "Boss Hogg" and other law enforcement officers.

The cousins appeared in 19 episodes while lead actors Tom Wopat and John Schneider were embroiled in a contract dispute.

Later, Mayer voiced the same character in an animated spinoff, "The Dukes."

Mayer's other television credits included the daytime soap "Santa Barbara," "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine," "Baywatch," "The Love Boat," "Xena: Warrior Princess" and "Silk Stalkings."

His other film roles included "Survivor," "East Meets West," "Hard Time" and "The Hunted."

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