Was an Actor Fired From Playing John Lennon Because His Name Was Mark Chapman?

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TV URBAN LEGEND: An actor was fired from a TV movie where he played John Lennon because it was revealed that his name was Mark Chapman.

John & Yoko: A Love Story aired on NBC in late 1985.

The film told the story of John Lennon and Yoko Ono, from their first meeting until Lennon’s tragic death in 1980 when he was assassinated by a crazed fan named Mark David Chapman.

Mark McGann played John Lennon and Kim Miyori played Yoko Ono.

Originally, though, actor Mark Lindsay was cast as John Lennon.
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