Ron Palillo, Welcome Back Kotter's Horshack, Dies at 63

Ron Palillo, who played Arnold Horshack on the 1970s sitcom Welcome Back, Kotter, passed away this morning from an apparent heart attack at his home in Palm Beach, Florida. He was 63 years old.

Palillo played goofball Horshack on the ABC series from 1975 to 1979 alongside Gabe Kaplan and a young John Travolta. Horshack's trademark was raising his hand excitedly in class and saying, "Ooh ooh ooooh!" when he thought he knew the answer to one of Mr. Kotter's questions.

After Kotter, Palillo did a lot of voice acting and played the multicolored talking puzzle box in the trippy animated series Rubik, the Amazing Cube. He also taught at the G-Star School of the Arts.


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Wow 63, I did love that show and his character. Especiallay when he called Hotsy Totsy by her name Rosaleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
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I always enjoyed "Welcome Back Kotter". Ron Palillo was one of the many reasons why. He was very funny in the role and he could also be very serious. One particular episode that stands out for me is the one where Horshack starts hitting the bottle. That could very well be Palillo's best performance on the series. He did not have many other television roles after "Kotter" (The only other television appearance I could recall was a guest shot as a biker on an episode of "Alice". His biker pal was played by Jay Leno!), but at least he was part of a memorable show and helped create a memorable character. RIP Ron.
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I'll never forget you, Ron Palillo. Whenever I thrust my arm into the air and yell "ooh! Ooh oooh!" I'll think of you. I do it more than I care to admit too.
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His Laugh Was "very Different!"
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Astonishing how celebrities are dropping like flies at the moment. It's usually the mythic dying in threes thing, but wow...
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Thanks to the proliferation of visual entertainment as the dominating popular media, there are more celebrities than ever before, so it's only natural that more of them are going to die as we add more people to the list of celebrity.
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He was more of a former celebrity. Sort of like John Travolta is now but worse.

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