On Friday, May 12, 2023, Michael Alden Norell, a renowned actor, writer, and producer from Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, passed away. His passing was reported via a social media post.
His death’s precise cause hasn’t yet been made public. Michael’s parents, his brother James and his first wife Liz predeceased him.
His 32-year wife, Cynthia Ann Cherbak of Toluca Lake, California, daughter Chelsea Cherbak Norell of Eagle Rock, California, and son James Cherbak Norell of West Los Angeles, California, survive him.
The Haky/Georgiana Centre County Funeral Home was given charge of the arrangements. Services are private at the family’s choice. At www.hakygeorgianafh.com, a guestbook can be signed, and condolences expressed for the family. Additional information on the funeral service will be announced soon.
About Michael Norell:
The late James Alden and Wilma Helen (Snook) Norell welcomed Michael on October 4, 1937, in Wallace, Idaho. Michael completed his undergraduate studies at Washington & Lee University in 1959 and served in the US Army from 1959 to 1964.
In 1965, he wed the late Liz Ingleson, and in 1991, Cynthia Ann Cherbak. Michael held valuable memberships in the Writers Guild of America West, Actors Equity Association, Sigma Delta Chi, American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, Screen Actors Guild, and American Federation of Television and Radio Artists. He was the 1990 Writers Guild Award for Longform winner.
“It is with great sadness I learned tonight of the passing of actor/director/producer Michael Norrell on May 12. He had many accomplishments in Hollywood, but in my eyes, his greatest was his character of Captain Henry(Hank) Stanley in the TV series EMERGENCY! Inspiring me to become an officer in the fire service. In my 35-year career, I served from volunteer to career ranks from lieutenant to chief, except deputy chief. He will be sorely missed. Thank you, Michael-Capt Stanley-for your inspiration. You truly enhanced my career. Engine 51, KMG 365.”
“Sadly, we gotta get a bus for actor Michael Norell who has passed at 86. He played Captain Stanley on 110 episodes of Emergency from 1972 through 1978. Before this, he was a Broadway actor after retiring from the Army as a Brigadier General, according to his biography. He wrote four episodes of Emergency, became a TV scriptwriter, and was nominated for an Emmy for 1990’s “The Incident” with Walter Matthau.”