Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Remembering Ron Palillo 1949 - 2012
Ron Palillo, who died earlier today at age 63, will always be fondly remembered as "Sweathog" Arnold Horshack on the 1975-79 ABC sitcom, Welcome Back, Kotter. He later appeared on other television series, including the daytime soap, One Life to Live, in 1994 and several episodes of Ellen in 1996, and in such films as Skatetown, U.S.A. (1979), Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives (1986) and Hellgate (1990). The actor also appeared off-Broadway in Lanford Wilson's 1973 play, The Hot l Baltimore, and in the TV musical, The Last Sweet Days of Isaac.
Mr. Palillo is survived by his partner of 41 years, Joseph Gramm - and below I've selected a few videos to celebrate his life and career:
The first episode of Welcome Back, Kotter, that originally aired on September 9, 1975.
A 1976 episode of TV's Donny & Marie starring Donny Osmond, Karen Valentine, and Palillo and his Kotter co-stars, Robert Hegyes and Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs.
A 1978 episode of All-Star Family Feud with the casts of Welcome Back, Kotter and The Love Boat.
The trailer for Hellgate (1990).
A 1996 episode of Ellen.