Welcome Back Kotter star Ron Palillo dead

Ron Palillo, the lovable class clown from the ’70s comedy Welcome Back, Kotter passed away in his sleep Tuesday morning of a heart attack. He was 63. Famous for his role as Arnold Horshack opposite a young John Travolta as Vinny Barbarino, his thick Brooklyn accent, outrageous laugh and catch phrases including “How-wah-ya? I’m Ahhnold Horshaaaaack!” and “G’head! G’head!” were welcomed into homes from 1975 to 1979. Palillo also appeared on The A-Team and The Love Boat as well as lending his voice to animated productions such as Darkwing Duck. Aside from acting, Palillo also shared his creative side through drawing, providing art for the children’s books The Red Wings of Christmas and A Gift for the Contessa. Most recently, Palillo starred in It’s a Dog Gone Tale: Destiny’s Stand, a film which he also wrote. ~Morgan Bates

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  1. Amanda • August 15, 2012 @ 1:30 PM

    That’s very sad, he was so funny in that show.

  2. Snepts • August 16, 2012 @ 12:48 AM

    Loved the show and Palillo’s Horshack was a big part of its success.

  3. moi • August 16, 2012 @ 12:07 PM

    He is going to be missed. What a funny man he was ..

  4. Wendy • August 16, 2012 @ 2:49 PM

    Rest in peace Mr. Horshack…..thanks for the laughs!!

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