Post by Mike Spadoni on Aug 14, 2012 17:34:48 GMT 1
Actor Ron Palillo, who played high schooler Arnold Horshack on "Welcome Back, Kotter," died suddenly August 14th at his home in West Palm Beach, Florida. He was 63 years old. The Connecticut-born Palillo burst to fame with the 1975 premiere of "Kotter," the saga of a teacher (Gabe Kaplan) who returns to his old high school and teaches a group of under performing teens known collectively as the "Sweathogs"--one of whom was played by a then-unknown John Travolta. But not for long (see Television Heaven for more on "Welcome Back, Kotter"). Palillo's Arnold Horshack was probably the most naive of the Sweathogs, with his innocence and his call of "Ooh ooh ooh, Mr. Kotter." After "Kotter" ended its run in 1979, Palillo continued to work on such sitcoms as "Ellen" (playing Horshack), and doing voice-over work on cartoons that included "Darkwing Duck" and "Rubik The Amazing Cube." He also provided artwork for a pair of children's books and worked on stage. According to the "Palm Beach Post," Palillo is survived by his partner of 41 years, retired actor Joseph Gramn. Ron Palillo is the second "Welcome Back, Kotter" actor to have passed away in 2012. His co-star Robert Hegyes ("Juan Epstein") died after suffering a heart attack on January 26th.
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