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Ron Palillo, Horschack on 'Welcome Back, Kotter,' Dies at 63

Ron Palillo, Horschack on 'Welcome Back, Kotter,' Dies at 63
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.
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Ancier eyeing new horizons at Warners

Former WB Network chairman Garth Ancier is staying in the Warner Bros. family. Sources said Ancier is finalizing a multiyear deal with Warner Bros. TV Group to develop network, cable and first-run syndicated shows for the WBTG divisions Warner Horizon and Telepictures Prods. Ancier will develop the projects through his production banner, the Garth Ancier Co. As part of the deal, Ancier also will oversee Warner Bros.' interest in In2TV -- the broadband network AOL and Warner Bros. Domestic Cable Distribution launched this year. In2TV offers free, ad-supported episodes of series from the Warner Bros. library, including Welcome Back, Kotter, Sisters, Lois & Clark and Growing Pains.

AOL, WB prep free vintage TV for broadband

America Online and Warner Bros. Domestic Cable Distribution are launching a broadband network that will give a unique new lease on life to a slew of vintage TV series. Dubbed In2TV, the network will serve up Welcome Back Kotter, Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, Pinky and the Brain and Growing Pains among a host of other Warner-owned shows that viewers can watch in their entirety, for free and on-demand, beginning in January. Each show is presented with interactive elements, games, competitions and additional content to take advantage of the medium's unique capabilities.

'Police Academy' Star Dies

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Police Academy actress Debralee Scott has died at her home in Florida of natural causes. She was 52. Scott, who appeared as Mrs Fackler in the 1984 comedy and its third installment Police Academy 3: Back In Training in 1986, was also known to US TV audiences for her roles in 1970s shows Welcome Back, Kotter and Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman. Scott also had bit parts in movie classics Dirty Harry and American Graffiti. Her policeman fiance John Levi was killed in the 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York.

Travolta Shows MTV Around His Plane

Travolta Shows MTV Around His Plane
John Travolta has demonstrated how movie stars spend their money in a new MTV Cribs Hollywood special called Planes And Cars. Travolta, who agreed to show the cable music channel around his 707 three-bedroom, 34-seater plane to promote his new movie Swordfish, also treated MTV filmmakers to an extra treat - a look at part of his vast car collection. He says, "I started collecting cars when I got on the TV show Welcome Back Kotter. I had a 55 Thunderbird and I thought that was the most beautiful car. I went from there." In the MTV special, Travolta reveals Barbra Streisand and Steven Spielberg have been the most recent guests onboard his plane, which is named Jett Clipper Ella after his kids. The show airs later this month.

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