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Ron Palillo Dead at 63: “Welcome Back, Kotter” Star Dies from Heart Attack (“Horshack”)
Thirty Mile Zone ^ | 8/14/2012 9:01 AM PDT | TMZ Staff

Posted on 08/14/2012 10:05:05 AM PDT by Olog-hai

Ron Palillo—the actor who played Horshack on “Welcome Back, Kotter”—died this morning at his home near Palm Beach, FL from an apparent heart attack … this according to someone close to the actor.

We’re told Palillo 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.

We’re told the heart attack was very unexpected. Palillo was 63. …

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1 posted on 08/14/2012 10:05:13 AM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

Not a good year for Welcome Back Kotter at all. We have had two deaths already and they were pretty young. Prayers to his friends and family. What tragic news.


2 posted on 08/14/2012 10:07:10 AM PDT by napscoordinator (Attention Republican National Convention voters....Santorum/Bachmann 2012! Dump liberal Romney NOW!)
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To: Olog-hai

So both Horshak and Barbarino were fags (or at least the actors who played them).

Great.


3 posted on 08/14/2012 10:07:47 AM PDT by ConservativeDude
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To: Olog-hai

“It means ‘The cattle are dying’”


4 posted on 08/14/2012 10:08:23 AM PDT by Mr. K ("The spread of evil is the symptom of a vacuum [of good]")
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To: Olog-hai

the "longtime companions"
5 posted on 08/14/2012 10:09:36 AM PDT by kevcol
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To: Olog-hai

OMG!!! I just realized Principal Woodman died too!


6 posted on 08/14/2012 10:12:41 AM PDT by South Hawthorne (In Memory of my dear Friend Henry Lee II)
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To: kevcol

That is an embarrassing photo. wow


7 posted on 08/14/2012 10:13:58 AM PDT by BipolarBob
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To: Olog-hai
We’re told the heart attack was very unexpected

I have mine scheduled to avoid this very thing.

8 posted on 08/14/2012 10:17:10 AM PDT by exit82 (Pass the word: Obama is a FAILURE!! Democrats are the enemies of freedom!)
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To: Olog-hai

I didn’t need to know that about someone who grew up 10 miles from me.


9 posted on 08/14/2012 10:17:45 AM PDT by Dr. Sivana ("I love to hear you talk talk talk, but I hate what I hear you say."-Del Shannon)
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To: exit82

Further information-—

Palillo had appeared to be in good health ... but was a heavy smoker. We’re told he had been suffering from a bad cough and had even scheduled a doctor’s appointment for today


10 posted on 08/14/2012 10:19:07 AM PDT by John W (Viva Cristo Rey!)
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To: Olog-hai
Arnold Horshack Pictures, Images and Photos

"Oooo, oooo, oooo!"

11 posted on 08/14/2012 10:21:29 AM PDT by Snickering Hound
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To: Olog-hai
Sorry to hear about all these TV characters from my childhood passing away, but

Welcome Back Kotter and its overbearing laugh track was the most annoying show ever aired.

12 posted on 08/14/2012 10:23:57 AM PDT by skeeter
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To: kevcol
Is it me, or does the man standing seem to be saying, "Ron, it's over here"?
13 posted on 08/14/2012 10:24:45 AM PDT by SoldierDad (Proud dad of an Army Soldier who has survived 24 months of Combat deployment.)
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To: Olog-hai

The ending of an era.

Not so much for this TV show, but for remembering the actors. We shared the experience of Kotter, One Day at a Time, All in the Family, Jeffersons, Happy Days etc.

In 40 years when a Housewife, Bachelorette, Idol finalist, Apprentice etc. star dies; will anybody remember?


14 posted on 08/14/2012 10:39:00 AM PDT by cicero2k
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To: Olog-hai

Palillo was found by his partner of many years............................... ??? Why is this so prevalent in the entertainment industry?


15 posted on 08/14/2012 10:44:56 AM PDT by Bringbackthedraft (I)
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To: exit82

“I have mine scheduled to avoid this very thing.”

Yes, proper planning is imperative when you’re expecting a major cardiac event.


16 posted on 08/14/2012 10:51:27 AM PDT by poobear (Socialism, in the minds of the elites, is a con-game for the serfs, nothing more.)
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To: skeeter
Welcome Back Kotter and its overbearing laugh track was the most annoying show ever aired.

I dunno. Any show that had a local bar named the "Regal Beagle" had do be right up there.

17 posted on 08/14/2012 10:54:57 AM PDT by llevrok (2012 : This is a civil war, not an election)
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To: Olog-hai
RIP


18 posted on 08/14/2012 10:58:39 AM PDT by P.O.E. (Pray for America)
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To: Bringbackthedraft

“Why is this so prevalent in the entertainment industry?”

From reading Gibsons “Fall of the Roman Empire” it seems that it’s been there all along. One of the reasons that until recent times entertainment people have been shuned by mainstream society.


19 posted on 08/14/2012 11:04:27 AM PDT by fella ("As it was before Noah, so shall it be again.")
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To: Olog-hai
RIP Ron Palillo (1949-2012).
RIP Ron Palillo's Career (1975-1976).
20 posted on 08/14/2012 11:07:30 AM PDT by TexasNative2000 (Jimmy Carter's incompetence + Richard Nixon's paranoia = Barack Obama)
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To: cicero2k
In 40 years when a Housewife, Bachelorette, Idol finalist, Apprentice etc. star dies; will anybody remember?

Oh VERY much so!

The people from Kotter, One day at a time etc had an exclusively American audience.

TV , just as Cinema, is very much a global experience!

Hollywood might remain in America, but it is no longer just interested in America!

21 posted on 08/14/2012 11:08:14 AM PDT by Jakarta ex-pat
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To: fella

Is that Hoot Gibson?


22 posted on 08/14/2012 11:12:16 AM PDT by Misterioso (They tried to get me to hate white people, but someone would always come along and spoil it. - Monk)
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To: Misterioso

So I understand you graduated from public school within the last 30 years.


23 posted on 08/14/2012 11:17:25 AM PDT by fella ("As it was before Noah, so shall it be again.")
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To: Snickering Hound

“Oooo, oooo, oooo! . . . ACK!”


24 posted on 08/14/2012 11:18:42 AM PDT by freedomlover
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To: Bringbackthedraft

Homosexuals hire homosexuals. It’s hard to make it in that field unless you are homosexual (no pun intended).


25 posted on 08/14/2012 11:30:05 AM PDT by expat2
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To: Olog-hai

Horschak gay? No way! RIP.


26 posted on 08/14/2012 11:38:19 AM PDT by Yaelle
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To: Olog-hai

I didn’t need to know that about someone who grew up 10 miles from me.


27 posted on 08/14/2012 12:22:06 PM PDT by Dr. Sivana ("I love to hear you talk talk talk, but I hate what I hear you say."-Del Shannon)
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To: TexasNative2000

I remember seeing Ron on the UConn campus back in the early 70’s ( he was 3 years ahead of me ) . Kotter ran from 76-779 . Acording to Wiki , “ After Welcome Back, Kotter, Palillo appeared in supporting roles in various television series and performed the voice in various animated series such as Laverne & Shirley in the Army, Darkwing Duck, and Rubik, the Amazing Cube where he played the lead character. In 1996, Palillo played himself in several episodes of Ellen, where he became the love interest of Ellen’s friend Audrey. He also played a small part in Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives.

Outside of acting, Palillo was also an artist, having provided the art for two children’s books: The Red Wings of Christmas and A Gift for the Contessa. He is credited on these as “Ronald G. Paolillo”, which he used in memory of his father.

Palillo returned to New York in 1991, and played roles as Mozart in Amadeus, George in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, and Nathan Detroit in Guys and Dolls. He also appeared in The Curse of Micah Rood. He appeared on Broadway in 2008 in Broadway Backwards 4, a charity event for people with AIDS.

In 1996, Palillo hosted a promotional event in New York City’s Grand Central Terminal, where he and actors dressed in 1970s clothing distributed special MetroCards publicizing a week of 1970s programming on VH1 to passing commuters. In 2007, he introduced a new clothing line specializing in limited-edition t-shirts produced by Rotter and Friends.

In 2005, his first full length play, The Lost Boy, the true story of Peter Pan author J. M. Barrie, was produced in New York State.

Palillo was a teacher at G-Star School Of The Arts for Motion Pictures and Broadcasting in Palm Springs, Florida .


29 posted on 08/14/2012 1:53:33 PM PDT by sushiman
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To: Olog-hai
Screech kicking Horshaks @$$

I'm surprised he didn't have a heart attack then. Brutal.

30 posted on 08/14/2012 3:19:34 PM PDT by Manic_Episode (Tom Hoefling for President - 2012)
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To: fella

When I went to high school the author of “The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire” was known as Edward GIBBON, not ‘Gibson.’


31 posted on 08/14/2012 4:36:52 PM PDT by Misterioso (They tried to get me to hate white people, but someone would always come along and spoil it. - Monk)
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To: Olog-hai
So Pallilo was actually in his late 20s when he was in TV "high school." Typical.

"Long time partner"? I guess that explain why he turned up on Ellen.

Robert Hegyes (Juan Epstein, in real-life Hungarian and Italian, rather than Jewish and Puerto Rican) also died this year, also of a heart attack.

32 posted on 08/14/2012 4:46:48 PM PDT by x
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To: Olog-hai; Clintonfatigued; AuH2ORepublican; Impy; Perdogg

RIP. :-(


34 posted on 08/14/2012 6:55:28 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (If you like lying Socialist dirtbags, you'll love Slick Willard)
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To: exit82

As opposed to heart attacks that occur when they’re supposed too???


35 posted on 08/14/2012 7:39:00 PM PDT by rdl6989 (January 20, 2013 The end of an error.)
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To: cicero2k

It is sad.

There was ABC, NBC, and CBS, and that was really it (in the mainstream).

So chances are, people across all “categories” watched the same shows, and taught a common way of how to behave in public. And had something light to talk about.

Now, not so much.


36 posted on 08/14/2012 11:32:28 PM PDT by Museum Twenty (If every truth & hidden motivation were to tumble out, not one supporter would turn against him.)
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To: fieldmarshaldj; GOPsterinMA; BillyBoy; AuH2ORepublican; Perdogg

RIP

Looking up his age he was only 4 years younger than Gabe Kaplan.

The cast of that show is dropping like flies, it wasn’t that long ago that Juan Epstien died right? It’s been so long since I’ve seen that show on nick at nite.


37 posted on 08/15/2012 9:41:47 AM PDT by Impy (Don't call me red.)
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To: fella

Debbie Gibson wrote a book...and it was about Rome?


38 posted on 08/15/2012 9:51:06 AM PDT by wtc911 (Amigo - you've been had.)
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To: Impy; fieldmarshaldj; GOPsterinMA; BillyBoy; AuH2ORepublican; Perdogg

who was the women who played Gabe’s wife, she was attractive.


39 posted on 08/15/2012 9:54:09 AM PDT by Perdogg (It's time to come together for America)
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To: Perdogg; Impy; fieldmarshaldj; GOPsterinMA; BillyBoy; AuH2ORepublican

Marcia Strassman, still alive.

I agree with you 100%, she was hot, she could have done better than Mr. Cotter.


40 posted on 08/15/2012 9:57:09 AM PDT by Impy (Don't call me red.)
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To: Impy; Perdogg; fieldmarshaldj; GOPsterinMA; BillyBoy

Didn’t Marcia Strassman play Rick Moranis’s wife on those Honey, I Shrunk the Kids movies?

Remember when one of the Sweathogs (Epstein?) painted a mural of Mrs. Kotter with a bodacious body in a bikini? He later admitted that the body belonged to Dolores Del Vecchio, but that he had used Mrs. Kotter’s face because she was the only girl he knew who didn’t have acne.


41 posted on 08/15/2012 11:19:19 AM PDT by AuH2ORepublican (If a politician won't protect innocent babies, what makes you think that he'll protect your rights?)
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To: AuH2ORepublican; Impy; Perdogg

Yup, Strassman played the wives of both Kaplan and Moranis.

BTW, does this mean Travolta and Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs get put on deathwatch ?


42 posted on 08/15/2012 6:14:55 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (If you like lying Socialist dirtbags, you'll love Slick Willard)
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To: fieldmarshaldj; AuH2ORepublican; BillyBoy; GOPsterinMA; Perdogg

Well Mickey Rooney was married to Ava Gardener for real so....

I wonder if Moranis will come out of retirement for the planned Ghostbusters 3. I think Bill Murray said no already.


43 posted on 08/15/2012 11:18:16 PM PDT by Impy (Don't call me red.)
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To: skeeter

The show wasn’t even funny.

And I LOVE Seventies shows.

(Having been born in 1976 I missed out on my favorite shows the first time around.)


44 posted on 08/17/2012 11:52:56 AM PDT by POWERSBOOTHEFAN (Vic Morrow is my new heartthrob :))
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To: POWERSBOOTHEFAN
I just didn't think Travolta's ‘what, where’ or Palillo’s ‘ooh,ooh’ over & over (& over) is as uproariously funny as the folks in the audience apparently did.
45 posted on 08/17/2012 12:41:12 PM PDT by skeeter
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