Posted in TV on August 14, 2012

Horshack

Actor Ron Palillo, who played Arnold Horshack on the 1970s television series "Welcome Back, Kotter," died Tuesday at his home in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. He was 63.

Jacqueline Stander, an agent for Palillo, told NBC News that the actor had a heart attack and passed away in his sleep.

Palillo starred as Horshack, the goofball of the high school group known as the Sweathogs on the hit series. The show aired from 1975-79 and featured a young John Travolta as Vinny Barbarino. - [NBC]

Damn, that's the second Sweathog this year. ( Robert "Epstein" Hegyes died back in February.) Horshack was a classic Brooklyn character. Rest in peace, Ron.

A couple Horshack-related video clips are below.

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Horshack's most famous line

Pulp Fiction Sweathogs

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Comments (24)

I hung out with him at Chiller Theatre a few years back for about 3 hours and the guy was a class act. Real down to earth, friendly, funny and had some great stories about old New York. RIP.

Posted by Anonymous | August 14, 2012 3:17 PM

Oh, I'm sorry, I meant to log on to BrooklynVegan. Apparently, I've logged on to Shitty70sTVVegan.

Way to keep it about the music. I'll go back to eating my Billyburger and wait for the latest Cake Shop update.

Posted by Anonymous | August 14, 2012 3:24 PM

Hey, Anonymous 3:24pm, go start your own site and you can write about or not write about whatever and whoever you want.

Posted by rc | August 14, 2012 3:31 PM

Here's a tissue, 3:24. we wouldn't want your fries to get soggy.

Posted by Anonymous | August 14, 2012 3:32 PM

My fries were yummy, but thanks for the offer! Speaking of non-Brooklyn, I'm going back to putting on my purple Dre 'phones on, they're cool and ironic in purple, and listen to The Flaming Lips 'Clouds Taste Metallic' because that's the last album that fucking band did that matters.

Posted by Anonymous | August 14, 2012 3:36 PM

RIP

Posted by Anonymous | August 14, 2012 3:40 PM

I get where you're coming from, but that Lips comment is definitely debatable.

Posted by Anonymous | August 14, 2012 3:44 PM

3:36 , you ain't anonymous anymore! :-)

Posted by Anonymous | August 14, 2012 3:47 PM

A Ron Palillo 7"?

Posted by Anonymous | August 14, 2012 3:58 PM

63, seems unreal.

Posted by Anonymous | August 14, 2012 4:02 PM

So some Dustin Diamond lookalike croaked? Next.

Posted by Anonymous | August 14, 2012 4:06 PM

We all have our bad days, 3:24/3:36. Try not to let the sad news of someone's death bum you out too much. Enjoy life.

Posted by Anonymous | August 14, 2012 4:09 PM

Loved that show. Brooklyn before it was infiltrated by innumerable dipshits.

Posted by Anonymous | August 14, 2012 4:19 PM

I loved him.

Posted by Anonymous | August 14, 2012 5:26 PM

Loved Horshack, loved the show. The opening credits and song are amazing, love all those old shots.

And I'm not a fan of 3:36, but his Flaming Lips analysis is spot on.

Posted by BringBackRonald | August 14, 2012 5:41 PM

Easily the most irritating sweathog, but still light years more entertaining than anything Seth MacFarlane has ever produced. Full stop.

Posted by Anonymous | August 14, 2012 7:58 PM

WHO THE FUCK CARES?

Posted by Anonymous | August 15, 2012 3:58 AM

^ Obviously many on here care, so maybe back under the bridge trolly?

Posted by Anonymous | August 15, 2012 6:04 AM

hey hey my my, Arnold Horshack will never die. He's with Juan Epstein in the sky. hey hey, my my.

Posted by Anonymous | August 15, 2012 7:30 AM

Born in Cheshire CT!

Posted by Anonymous | August 15, 2012 8:44 AM

"...but still light years more entertaining than anything Seth MacFarlane has ever produced."

You could say that about anything, these days.

Posted by Anonymous | August 15, 2012 12:41 PM

That train I'm the opening credits though is actually in queens, bit Brooklyn..
Just a Lil trivia for ya.

Posted by Anonymous | August 15, 2012 12:49 PM

^not Brooklyn.

Posted by Anonymous | August 15, 2012 12:49 PM

sad that he passed away.

Posted by jordon | July 24, 2013 2:22 PM

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