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If you've been the subject of an E! True Hollywood Story, then chances are you've made your mark in pop culture. And that's exactly what Ron Palillo dished to E! about in 2000 when Welcome Back Kotter scored its own Ths episode. Palillo, who played the memorably nasal Horschak on the 1970s sitcom alongside Gabe Kaplan and John Travolta, died at 63 of a heart attack in his sleep. "The thing that's really odd about the show is that it's 25 years old now and we still keep in touch…on a pretty regular basis," Palillo said of himself and his fellow former Sweathogs. He went on to other roles, but Kotter always stayed with him, "for »
Actor Ron Palillo has passed away suddenly at the age of 63. He died at his Florida home early this morning, according to his friend Stacy Sacco. Jacqueline Stander, an agent for Palillo, told NBC that the actor had a heart attack and passed away in his sleep.
He was best known for playing "Sweathog" Arnold Dingfelder Horshak on the hit TV series Welcome Back, Kotter. The show aired from 1975-79 on ABC and featured a young John Travolta as well as Gabe Kaplan, Marcia Strassman, John Sylvester White, Robert Hegyes, Lawrence-Hilton Jacobs, Melonie Haller, and Stephen Shortridge.
Patillo had other supporting TV roles over the years and provided voices in various animated TV series like Laverne and Shirley in the Army and Darkwing Duck. He also had starring roles in musical productions like Amadeus, Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolf? and Guys and Dolls. »
Ron Palillo—best known for playing the snickering, attention-starved Sweathog Arnold Horshack on Welcome Back, Kotter—has died following a heart attack. He was 63. As Horshack, Palillo turned being irritating into a comic artform, constantly petitioning Gabe Kaplan's teacher character with his signature "Ooooh! Ooooh!" (a parody of Joe E. Ross's exclamations from Car 54, Where Are You?, though arguably made more famous by Palillo). While Epstein—played by Robert Hegyes, who died in January—provided a touch of Marx Bros.-inspired zaniness to the goings-on at James Buchanan High, it was Horshack who was more explicitly »
Arnold Horshack, you will be missed. Ron Palillo, who was best known for playing the loveable class clown opposite a young John Travolta's Vinny Barbarino in the classic '70s ABC sitcom, Welcome Back, Kotter, has died. He was 63. Palillo's agent, Jacqueline Stander, told NBC News that the actor had a heart attack and passed away in his sleep at his home in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. Palillo's goofy Arnold Dingfelder Horshack was a central member of the Sweathogs, a group of high school cutups taught by wisecracking teacher Gabe Kotter (Gabe Kaplan) at the fictional James Buchanan High in Brooklyn, N.Y. With his high-pitched squeal for a laugh, thick Brooklyn accent and child-like demeanor, the »
Ron Palillo, who played Arnold Horshack on the 1970s sitcom Welcome Back, Kotter, passed away this morning from an apparent heart attack at his home in Palm Beach, Florida. He was 63 years old.
Palillo played goofball Horshack on the ABC series from 1975 to 1979 alongside Gabe Kaplan and a young John Travolta. Horshack's trademark was raising his hand excitedly in class and saying, "Ooh ooh ooooh!" when he thought he knew the answer to one of Mr. Kotter's... More >> »
- Tim Surette
Ron Palillo, best known for his role as Arnold Horshack on the 1970s TV sitcom "Welcome Back, Kotter," has died, the Palm Beach Post reports. He was 63. He died at 4:30 a.m. at his Palm Beach Gardens home, a friend, Stacy Sacco, told the paper. Palillo had been teaching at the G-Star Academy, a Florida charter school. He previously taught at his alma mater, the University of Connecticut, according to Corporate Artists, which employed him for speaking gigs.
Palillo played the Palillo played the goofy Horshack from 1975 to 1979 on "Kotter," which starred Gabe Kaplan as a hip but beleaguered teacher who presided over a classroom that also included a young John Travolta. »
- Tim Molloy
Ron Palillo of "Welcome Back, Kotter" fame has died at 63.
According to TMZ, Palillo passed away after suffering a heart attack at his Palm Beach home Tuesday morning. Palillo was found by his partner of 41 years, retired actor Joseph Gramm, before being transported to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Palillo was "upbeat, fun, a great friend who loved theater, loved the fans and had a great sense of humor," the actor's agent, Scott Stander, told CNN.
Click over to TMZ for more details. »
- Kiki Von Glinow
Ron Palillo, who played Horschack on Welcome Back, Kotter, has died. He was 63. Welcome Back Kotter ran from 1975-1979 on ABC. Palillo’s role as one of the high school gang known as the Sweathogs was as the goofball. The series starred Gabe Kaplan as Brooklyn teacher Gabe Kotter. John Travolta, Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs and Robert Hegyes, who passed away earlier this year, played the other Sweathogs. After Kotter ended. Palillo performed on Broadway and did artwork for children’s books. The past few years, Palillo taught freshman drama at the G-Star School for the Arts for Motion Pictures and Broadcasting in Palm Beach, Fla. »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
Ron Palillo, whose nasally delivery made him one of the most memorable Sweathogs on the 1970s sitcom Welcome Back, Kotter, died last night in Palm Beach, Fla., suffering a heart attack in his sleep. He was 63.
Beginning in 1975, Palillo was one of the oddball students who tested Mr. Kotter for four seasons on the popular ABC show that also featured Gabe Kaplan and a young John Travolta. His character Arnold Dingfelder Horshack was always the first to raise his hand in class — “Ooo-ooo-oooooh!!” — and his wheezing staccato laugh was a punch line in itself.
In the 1980s, Palillo guested on several popular programs, »
- Jeff Labrecque
Ron Palillo, who played oddball student Arnold Horshack in the 1970s sitcom Welcome Back, Kotter, died Tuesday morning at his home near Palm Beach, Fla., The Palm Beach Post reports. The newspaper cites confirmation from a friend of the actor, who was 63. Palillo was best known for his role as catchphrase-generating high school class clown Horshack -- one of the Sweathogs -- in Welcome Back, Kotter, which ran on ABC from 1975-79 and also starred John Travolta and Gabe Kaplan. His other TV credits include guest appearances on The Love Boat, Cagney & Lacey and The A-Team, as well
- Erin Carlson
Ron Palillo -- who was best known for playing the loud-mouthed high school student Arnold Horshack on the 1970s TV series Welcome Back, Kotter, has died at age 63.
Several sources reported that the actor passed away Tuesday morning at his home in Palm Beach Gardens, Fl.
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Palillo had taught classes at the West Palm Beach charter school G-Star Academy as recently as 2009, according to the school's founder and CEO, Greg Hauptner. Prior to that, the actor lectured in colleges and high schools across the country.
Welcome Back, Kotter starred Gabe Kaplan as a compassionate high school teacher who returned to his inner city neighborhood to teach a new generation of troubled kids -- one of whom was portrayed by John Travolta. »
If you ever find yourself in a position to have Matt LeBlanc recite his favorite lines or completely re-enact classic scenes from "Friends," I highly recommend you take advantage. I found it hard to believe that he could even rattle off lines from this season of "Episodes" (Season 2 premieres Sun., July 1, 10:30 p.m. Et on Showtime), let alone spout dialogue from almost a decade ago ... but that he did.
I caught up with LeBlanc, who plays Matt LeBlanc, a fictionalized version of himself in Showtime's series about the making of another series called "Pucks." Last season's cliffhanger finale -- which involved the fictional LeBlanc bedding one-half of a married couple (played by the hilarious Tamsin Greig and Stephen Mangan), who are in fact his new TV bosses -- was messy, to say the least.
Season 2 finds him still in the thick of that "super awkward dynamic," with some interesting new distractions, »
- Maggie Furlong
Another week, another Monday. So it’s time for the rundown of DVDs and Blu-ray’s hitting stores online and offline this week. It’s another packed week, with plenty of movies waiting to take you money, so let us breakdown the new releases and highlight what you should – and shouldn’t – be buying from today, April 30th 2012.
Pick(S) Of The Week
Suits: Season One (DVD)
The new original series Suits delves into the fast-paced, highstakes world of a top Manhattan corporate law firm where hotshot attorney Harvey Specter (Gabriel Macht) makes a risky move by hiring the brilliant but unmotivated, Mike Ross (Patrick J. Adams), as his new associate. The only problem is he doesn’t have an actual law degree. With his encyclopedic knowledge and uncanny knack of remembering things, Mike proves to be a legal prodigy despite the absence of bonafide legal credentials. Bound by their secret, »
Zak Penn, writer of The Incredible Hulk (2008) and X–Men: The Last Stand takes the director’s chair for the outrageously funny Loser. Woody Harrelson (Zombieland, Rampart) heads up an all-star cast including; comedian David Cross (Arrested Development), Dennis Farina (Get Shorty), Cheryl Hines (Curb Your Enthusiasm), Richard Kind (Toy Story 3), Chris Parnell (Anchorman), Jason Alexander (Seinfeld), Ray Romano (Everybody Loves Raymond) and legendary director Werner Herzog (Nosferatu).
Woody Harrelson is One-Eyed Jack Faro, a not-quite-fully-rehabbed gambler, party monster, and serial marry-er hoping to save his late grandfather’s hotel-casino by winning $10 million cash at The Grand Championship of Poker. But first he’ll have to beat a Vegas field of geeks, gurus, online amateurs, greedy developers, ruthless housewives, old-school pros and more of the top players in the world for the largest prize in poker history. Mike Epps, Judy Greer, Gabe Kaplan, Michael McKean, Phil Gordon and Doyle Brunson »
"Welcome Back Kotter" actor Robert Hegyes has passed away from a heart attack on Thursday morning. He was 60 years old. Hegyes is best known for playing Juan Epstein on "Welcome Back Kotter," the 1970s sitcom, which starred John Travolta and Gabe Kaplan. He appeared in all four seasons of the show and joined most of his fellow Sweathogs at the "Welcome Back Kotter" reunion held at the 2011 TV Land Awards. After "Kotter," Hegyes went on to co-star in "Cagney and Lacey" as Detective Manny Esposito. His other TV work includes an episode of "The Love Boat," "NewsRadio" and "CHiPS." His last credited role was in the 2002 movie "Hip, Edgy, Sexy, Cool." »
Welcome Back Carter star Robert Hegyes has died at the age of 60. The star suffered an apparent heart attack at his home in New Jersey on Thursday and was transported by ambulance to the nearby JFK Medical Center, where he was subsequently pronounced dead. Hegyes was well known for his role as wiseguy Juan Epstein in hit U.S. sitcom Welcome Back, Kotter, which featured Gabe Kaplan and a young John Travolta during the 1970's. He also appeared on crime series Cagney & Lacey in the late 1980s and landed small TV roles on CHiPs, L.A. Heat and Diagnosis Murder. © WENN »
While the TV community mourns the passing of Robert Hegyes, who played Juan Epstein on the 1970s sitcom "Welcome Back, Kotter," we thought it might be interesting to see what all the other Sweathogs as well as Mr. Kotter are up to these days. Here's an update:
John Travolta (Vinnie Barbarino) - After some lean years in the 1980s, Travolta's career rocketed back following his role as Vincent Vega in the 1994 film "Pulp Fiction," and he hasn't looked back since. Subsequent films included "Face/Off," "Get Shorty" and "Wild Hogs." He's very much an A-lister.
Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs (Freddie "Boom Boom" Washington) - Known for his over enunciation "Hey, Mister Kot-taire," Hilton-Jacobs' character was the star on Buchanan High's basketball team. Since the series left the air in 1979, he's had a slew of guest starring roles in TV series from "Hill Street Blues" to "Roseanne" to "Chuck." His longest stint was on the show "Alien Nation. »
Hit comedy show from the '70s, "Welcome Back, Kotter," is back in the spotlight after the sudden death of cast member, Robert Hegyes, who played Juan Epstein, passed away on Thursday.
"Extra" takes a look at the show's memorable cast members... where are they now? Take a look!
The Cast of 'Welcome Back, Kotter': Where Are They Now?John Travolta
As the tough-talking Vinnie Barbarino, John Travolta has made a name for himself in »
The actor best known for playing Jewish Puerto Rican student Juan Epstein on the 1970s TV show "Welcome Back Kotter" has died.
The Flynn & Son Funeral Home in Fords, N.J., says it was informed of Robert Hegyes' death Thursday by the actor's family. He was 60.
A spokesman at JFK Medical Center in Edison, N.J., told the Star-Ledger newspaper that Hegyes, of Metuchen, arrived at the hospital in the morning in full cardiac arrest and died.
Hegyes was appearing on Broadway in 1975 when he auditioned for "Kotter," a TV series about a teacher who returns to the inner-city school of his youth to teach a group of remedial students. They included the character Vinnie Barbarino, played by John Travolta and Gabe Kaplan as Kotter. »
- Cineplex.com and contributors
Robert Hegyes, who played Juan Epstein on '70s sitcom "Welcome Back, Kotter," died Thursday from an apparent heart attack. He was 60.
The actor, whose health had been steadily declining for the past two years, suffered chest pains at his New Jersey home before going into full cardiac arrest. He died at JFK Medical Center in Edison.
Hegyes is best remembered for his role on "Kotter" as the Jewish/Puerto Rican wisecracking student, Juan Luis Pedro Phillipo de Huevos Epstein, »
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