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1985 Bears Coverage: Fridge goes commercial

Every day of the 2015 Chicago Bears season, Chicago Sun-Times Sports will revisit its coverage 30 years ago during the 1985 Bears’ run to a Super Bowl title.

Fridge goes commercial

Sun-Times Staff

Originally published Nov. 20, 1985

Take one, Fridge.

Oh well, take another.

Super-hot William Perry played another new position yesterday – actor.

“I’m just an extra,” bemoaned fellow Bear Dan Hampton. “I’m just trying to hang on to his coattails all the way to Hollywood.”

“I’ll be happy to make a movie or anything that comes up,” added a smiling Perry.

The big guy deserved a break from the game yesterday, so he took it at a Skokie McDonald’s, where he filmed a commercial for the fast-food firm, co-starring teammates Hampton, Steve McMichael and Dave Duerson.

The joke in the commercial is that Perry stuns the counter help when he orders a diet Coke. Well, all right – he also orders four McD.L.T.’s and two large orders of fries.

Down to 302 pounds, Fridge declared his diet over: “That’s in the past.”

This from the guy who, while at Clemson, gained notoriety for eating $22 worth of Big Macs and apple pies in a sitting. But he held it down to two McD.L.T.’s during Tuesday’s filming.

“If you’re on a diet, it’s not what you eat, it’s the proportions,” advised the nation’s most watched weight-watcher.

The Fridge, by the way, is a very cool actor: He took direction well, stayed calm and displayed a flair for the dramatic. His unimpressed 3-year-old daughter, Latavia, however, stretched out in a booth for a nap.

Will our Fridge forsake the gridiron for the silver screen?

Assured Sherry Perry, a.k.a. Mrs. Fridge: “I think he’ll stick with football.”