RIP: Ron Palillo, of ‘Welcome Back, Kotter’ dies at 63

Ron Palillo, who played Arnold Horshack on the 1970s television series Welcome Back, Kotter, died today. The actor had a heart attack while sleeping at his home in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

He was 63.

As a kid growing up, I watched Welcome Back, Kotter religiously every day after school. Palillo, as Horshack was the runt of the Sweathogs (John Travolta, Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs and the late Robert Heyges) and easily one of the funniest. Go back and check out some episodes if you can.

After Kotter, Palillo went on to a successful voice-over career and guest starring on such shows as The Love Boat, The A-Team and Murder, She Wrote.

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