He is also a recovering alcoholic and a notorious womanizer.

Although his celebrity status was short-lived, Sam retains that standing within the confines of Cheers, where he is beloved by the regular patrons.

More recently there were also rumors that he had a relationship with ballerina Misty Copeland after she appeared in his 2009 music video for 'Crimson and Clover' and joined him on select tour dates to dance while he performed.

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Along with Carla Tortelli and Norm Peterson, he is one of only three characters to appear in all episodes of Cheers.

Sam has an on-again, off-again relationship with the bar waitress Diane Chambers (Shelley Long) for the series' first five seasons until her departure from the series.

Protege: Prince and Vanity on a 1983 Rolling Stone cover (right).

They dated for a few years, during which Prince renamed her Vanity, instead of Denise Matthews.

She is pictured here with the singer shortly after he changed his name to an unpronounceable symbol and wrote 'slave' on his face At 18, she became the focus of Prince's 1992 album whose title was an unpronounceable symbol and later became known as Love Symbol.

On Valentine's Day in 1996, 22-year-old Garcia and Prince, 37, tied the knot Suffering: Garcia pictured hearing of Prince's death. I'm not going to go into it, but we detest each other...' she said in an interview with Uncut magazine.

That’s me at 70.' The 69-year-old Cheers star stripped off to some grey shorts and armed himself with flippers and goggles as he waded into the ocean.

Mary, 64, looked fantastic in a retro-style two-piece swimsuit but protected her skin from the sun by layering on a white t-shirt.

'The show is fictitious and it is just a make-believe storyline,' she reassured.

Mary will also be on the show this season.'We’re going to stir up a little bit of a hornet’s nest with it, I’m afraid, but it’s how he saw it and what he wanted to do,' she told Entertainment Weekly in March. The couple have four adult children between them, Ted has two daughters; Kate and Alexis from his marriage to Casey Coates and Mary has son Charlie and daughter Lilly from her marriage to Malcolm Mc Dowell.

She was the most successful of the singer's protegees, going on to find her own success with songs like The Glamorous Life which was released in 1984 and earned her a Best New Artist Grammy nomination.