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As a new year dawns, a tribute to those we've lost in the year now ending is merited ... and in 2012, those sad milestones have encompassed some of the most popular personalities in television history.
Dick Clark: The number of music stars who owe at least part of their success to the "American Bandstand" maestro is incalculable. Thanks to him, people also enjoy "New Year's Rockin' Eve," receive American Music Awards and have a greater appreciation of bloopers. Here's a "so long" salute to you, Dick.
Larry Hagman: The truly unfortunate irony of the veteran actor's recent death is that he was just starting his second round of "Dallas" success as master schemer J.R. Ewing. He'll also »
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Homeland bested drama contenders Boardwalk Empire, Breaking Bad, Downton Abbey, Mad Men and Game of Thrones for the Outstanding Drama series honor. The show's leading man Damian Lewis pleasantly surprised the room with an Outstanding Lead Actor win over tough competitors Jon Hamm (Mad Men), Steve Buscemi (Boardwalk Empire), Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey) and Michael C. Hall (Dexter). "I'm one of those pesky Brits, apologies," he said, acknowledging his fellow nominees and the Homeland cast members that he likes "to dine with."
Pics: Star Sightings: A-Listers at the 2012 Emmys
Between Hollywood reboot mania, reunions from the likes of 98 Degrees and the Spice Girls, and the televised resurgence of both Christina and Britney, it’s clear that the 20-teens are saturated with nostalgia for the recent past. That’s no problem for kids of the ’80s and ’90s; since our childhood favorites must be the pinnacle of culture, it only makes sense for those properties to be reborn in a modern context. (We learned our narcissism by watching you, Boomers!)
- Hillary Busis
Comedian, actress, artist, and author Phyllis Diller died Monday at her home in Los Angeles. She was 95.
“She was a true pioneer,” Diller’s longtime agent Fred Wostbrock told EW. “She was the first lady of stand up comedy. She paved the way for everybody. And she conquered television, movies, Broadway, record albums, nightclubs, books, and radio. She did it all. A true pioneer.”
The housewife-turned-advertising copywriter and mother of six got her big showbiz break in 1955 at the age of 37 when the owner of San Francisco’s now-defunct Purple Onion nightclub gave her a substitute stand-up spot one night. »
- Jessica Shaw
Ron Palillo, who is best known for playing the nerdy high school student Arnold Horshack on the 1970s sitcom "Welcome Back, Kotter," died from a heart attack on Tuesday in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. He was 63 years old. Palillo said that while "Welcome Back, Kotter" turned John Travolta into a star, his acting career ended with the show. He felt exiled throughout the 1980s, unable to find parts, sinking into depression, and rarely venturing out of his apartment. He eventually appeared on the second season of "Celebrity Boxing" back in 2002, but was pummeled in the ring by Dustin Diamond, best known as Screech from "Saved By the Bell." »
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 »
Another Sweathog has gone to heaven: Actor Ron Palillo, who played the needy, nerdy Arnold Horshack on ABC's mid-70s smash high-school-set sitcom Welcome Back, Kotter, died today at the age of 63. Kotter never got passed from generation to generation like, say, The Brady Bunch, so when the news started trickling out over Twitter and Facebook this morning, those born after Jimmy Carter took office likely shrugged uncomprehendingly or, if in procrastination mode, made a detour to Google to ask "What's a Horshack?" But Palillo's passing, which follows the January death of fellow Sweathog Robert Hegyes (Epstein), gave Gen Xers a sad pause in the day as they went rushing to YouTube (today's pop-culture group mourning spot) to search for clips of him honking his Eddie Murphy-like laugh.Palillo's Horshack — one of the underachieving crew of Mr. Kotter's students called the Sweathogs, led by John Travolta's Vinnie Barbarino »
- Josef Adalian
Birthday shoutouts go to Christopher Gorham (above, with his family) , who is 38, Halle Berry is 46, Marcia Gay Harden is 53, Steve Martin is 67, and Sarah Brightman is 52???, and in addition to her many accomplishments gave us one of the greatest songs of all time. It's also Tim Tebow's 25th birthday, and below you can see him in a hilarious pose from next month's GQ. Either he's completely clueless, or I have to give him credit for self-parody.
Sex Is The Question is the largest survey ever attempted by a Us federal agency for gay and bisexual men. Sponsored by the Center for Disease Control, it will be used by state and local health departments to better understand the HIV epidemic among gay and bisexual men and potentially create new techniques to reverse the trend. For every completed survey, "Sex Is the Question" will make a monetary donation to the It Gets Better Project. »
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. »
The actor, famous for playing Arnold Horshack on the classic sitcom, suffered a heart attack in his sleep. Hollywood has lost yet another iconic TV actor. Ron Palillo, who most fans remember as Welcome Back Kotter's lovable buffoon Arnold Horshack, suffered a heart attack Aug. 13 in his Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., home and passed away. He is survived by his partner of 41 years, actor Joseph Gramm. After his four-year run on Kotter ended in 1979, Ron appeared on a number of hit TV shows, including One Life to Live and Cagney & Lacey. In case you aren't familiar with Ron — or you're just a fan who'd like to enjoy the good times — here's a famous clip from Welcome Back Kotter. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nd4VkBcG2PQ — Andy Swift Follow @AndySwift [Deadline]
- Andy Swift
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 »
To the mainstream world he's best known as Horshack from "Welcome Back, Kotter," but to horror fans he'll always be Allen Hawes in Jason Lives: Friday the 13th Part VI . Ron Palillo has passed away at age 63 from a heart attack.
Per TMZ, Palillo died this morning at his home near Palm Beach, Florida. He was found by his partner of many years, Joseph Gramm, around 4:00 Am. Gramm called an ambulance, and Palillo was rushed to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Pilillo's other genre appearances include The Curse of Micah Rood, Trees 2: The Root of All Evil, and Hellgate.
Coincidentally, Palillo's "Kotter" co-star Robert Hegyes -- who played Epstein -- also passed away earlier this year after suffering a heart attack.
We here at Dread Central send our condolences to Ron's friends and family. "Ooh ooh ooh, Mr. Palillo!" You will be missed.
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Actor Ron Palillo, best known for portraying the oddball class clown Arnold Horshack on the late-1970s sitcom "Welcome Back, Kotter," has died at the age of 63 of an apparent heart attack, reports TMZ.
A source close to the actor says he passed away early Tuesday morning (Aug. 14) at his Palm Beach-area home. Reportedly Palillo was found by his longtime partner Joseph Gramm around 4 a.m. and was rushed to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
"Welcome Back Kotter" was Palillo's big break. After it ended in 1979, he went on to have some smaller parts on "Laverne and Shirley" and "The Love Boat," then ended up doing a lot of voiceover work. He reprised his role of Horshack for one episode of the short-lived TV sitcom "Mr. Rhodes," titled "The Welcome Back Episode."
Palillo is the second "Welcome Back, Kotter" cast member to succumb to a heart attack this year. »
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, the boyish actor who played Arnold Horshack, the remedial-class loser on Welcome Back, Kotter, died Tuesday morning at his home near Palm Beach, Fla., TMZ reports. He was 63. He suffered an apparent heart attack and was found by his longtime companion, Joseph Gramm, according to the report. Rushed to the hospital, Palillo, a heavy smoker, was pronounced dead upon arrival. According to a 1977 People profile, Palillo's most-famous role cast him against type - he had been an overachiever from his childhood in Cheshire, Conn. His dad died when Ron, the youngest of four children, was 9. His mother managed »
- Stephen M. Silverman
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
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