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January 27, 2012
Robert Hegyes, an actor whose Jewish-Puerto Rican character Juan Epstein was one of the Sweathogs on the 1970s TV sitcom "Welcome Back, Kotter," died Thursday of a heart attack in New Jersey. He was 60. A resident of Metuchen, N.J., Hegyes arrived at JFK Medical Center in nearby Edison in full cardiac arrest and died there, hospital spokesman Steven Weiss confirmed. Hegyes, who had a mop of dark curly hair, was one of the wise-cracking students - with John Travolta, Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs and Ron Palillo - at a Brooklyn high school who were mentored by their teacher, played by Gabe Kaplan.
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March 20, 2013
Peter Meyerson TV writer, producer worked on 'The Monkees' and 'Welcome Back, Kotter' Peter Meyerson, 81, a TV writer and producer who co-wrote the debut episodes of sitcom classics "The Monkees" and "Welcome Back, Kotter," died March 11 at Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach. He was suffering from Alzheimer's disease and a heart condition, said his former wife Julia Russell. For "The Monkees," the 1966-68 comedy series featuring four Beatlesque band members, Meyerson collaborated with writing partner Robert Schlitt for the first episode and a handful more during the show's run on NBC. Meyerson is credited with developing "Welcome Back, Kotter" for television and worked as a writer, supervising producer and executive script consultant on the show, which aired on ABC from 1975 to '79. Meyerson co-wrote the pilot, which introduced the Sweathogs - a group of smart-aleck students at a Brooklyn high school played by John Travolta, Robert Hegyes, Ron Palillo and Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs - and their teacher Gabe Kotter, played by series co-creator Gabe Kaplan.
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August 14, 2012 | By Claire Noland
Ron Palillo, an actor whose signature role was Arnold Horshack in the 1970s TV sitcom “Welcome Back, Kotter,” died Tuesday. He was 63. Palillo, a Connecticut native, died of a heart attack in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., where he had lived in recent years. His agent, Jackie Stander, confirmed the death. Palillo's Horshack was one of the original Sweathogs in Gabe Kotter's James Buchanan High School class, along with John Travolta's Vinnie Barbarino, Robert Hegyes' Juan Epstein and Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs' Freddie “Boom Boom” Washington.
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August 14, 2012 | By Claire Noland
Ron Palillo, an actor whose signature role was Arnold Horshack in the 1970s TV sitcom “Welcome Back, Kotter,” died Tuesday. He was 63. Palillo, a Connecticut native, died of a heart attack in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., where he had lived in recent years. His agent, Jackie Stander, confirmed the death. Palillo's Horshack was one of the original Sweathogs in Gabe Kotter's James Buchanan High School class, along with John Travolta's Vinnie Barbarino, Robert Hegyes' Juan Epstein and Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs' Freddie “Boom Boom” Washington.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 20, 2013
Peter Meyerson TV writer, producer worked on 'The Monkees' and 'Welcome Back, Kotter' Peter Meyerson, 81, a TV writer and producer who co-wrote the debut episodes of sitcom classics "The Monkees" and "Welcome Back, Kotter," died March 11 at Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach. He was suffering from Alzheimer's disease and a heart condition, said his former wife Julia Russell. For "The Monkees," the 1966-68 comedy series featuring four Beatlesque band members, Meyerson collaborated with writing partner Robert Schlitt for the first episode and a handful more during the show's run on NBC. Meyerson is credited with developing "Welcome Back, Kotter" for television and worked as a writer, supervising producer and executive script consultant on the show, which aired on ABC from 1975 to '79. Meyerson co-wrote the pilot, which introduced the Sweathogs - a group of smart-aleck students at a Brooklyn high school played by John Travolta, Robert Hegyes, Ron Palillo and Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs - and their teacher Gabe Kotter, played by series co-creator Gabe Kaplan.
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May 28, 1995 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
School's back in session beginning Monday on Nick at Nite. The cable channel's adding "Welcome Back, Kotter," the sitcom that introduced John Travolta to the world, to its evening lineup. The series, which aired on ABC from 1975 to 1979, stars Gabriel Kaplan as Gabe Kotter. A funny, understanding history teacher, Kotter returns to his alma mater, Brooklyn's James Buchanan High, to teach a group of remedial misfits called the sweathogs. A former sweathog himself, Kotter immediately bonds with the students: Vinnie Barbarino (Travolta)
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August 14, 2012 | Christie D'Zurilla
That "Ooh! Ooh ooh!" That Horshack laugh. When Ron Palillo died Tuesday morning at his home in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., another little nugget of '70s pop culture died with him. Palillo, best known for playing Arnold Horshak in "Welcome Back, Kotter," which ran from 1975 to 1979, died suddenly around 4:30 a.m. EDT, according to the  Palm Beach Post, which said he had not been ill. The actor had been teaching acting for film and camera for three...
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October 19, 1986 | Craig Modderno
Richard Crenna portrays an ambitious deputy police chief in a pilot TV movie that revives Joseph Wambaugh's '70s "Police Story" series. "Police Story '86" is now shooting around town. Crenna then reprises his role as Col. Trautman in "Rambo III," expected to start filming next month either in Bangkok or Arizona. . . . John Badham directs "Stake Out," a comedy cop thriller that begins shooting in January in Vancouver. Two male leads in their mid 30s and a young female lead have yet to be cast. .
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July 10, 2007 | Jen Chaney, Washington Post
More than 30 years after the Sweathogs burst onto America's TV screens, are they still funny? You bet that rubber hose up your nose they are. Fans of "Welcome Back Kotter" -- the '70s sitcom that catapulted John Travolta into the teen-idol stratosphere, gave John Sebastian a hit song and launched myriad infantile catchphrases -- have been waiting patiently for a full season of the show on DVD. They've finally gotten their wish, thanks to the recent release of a four-disc set (retail price: $29.
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November 25, 2001 | James Denning
Every four weeks, the Shrine Auditorium becomes a true shrine, for the Los Angeles Comic Book and Science Fiction Convention. The "con" has run every month for nearly 25 years. In September, about 2,000 fans paid $5 each to meet Syd Mead, design genius behind "Blade Runner's" apocalyptic take on Los Angeles, and the cast of "Black Scorpion," a SciFi Channel series about a buxom cop who moonlights as a superhero vigilante.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 27, 2012
Robert Hegyes, an actor whose Jewish-Puerto Rican character Juan Epstein was one of the Sweathogs on the 1970s TV sitcom "Welcome Back, Kotter," died Thursday of a heart attack in New Jersey. He was 60. A resident of Metuchen, N.J., Hegyes arrived at JFK Medical Center in nearby Edison in full cardiac arrest and died there, hospital spokesman Steven Weiss confirmed. Hegyes, who had a mop of dark curly hair, was one of the wise-cracking students - with John Travolta, Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs and Ron Palillo - at a Brooklyn high school who were mentored by their teacher, played by Gabe Kaplan.
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May 28, 1995 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
School's back in session beginning Monday on Nick at Nite. The cable channel's adding "Welcome Back, Kotter," the sitcom that introduced John Travolta to the world, to its evening lineup. The series, which aired on ABC from 1975 to 1979, stars Gabriel Kaplan as Gabe Kotter. A funny, understanding history teacher, Kotter returns to his alma mater, Brooklyn's James Buchanan High, to teach a group of remedial misfits called the sweathogs. A former sweathog himself, Kotter immediately bonds with the students: Vinnie Barbarino (Travolta)
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August 14, 2012 | By Meredith Blake
Actor Ron Palillo, who died early Tuesday morning of a heart attack at age 63, will be remembered by a generation of Americans as Arnold Horshack, the whiny-voiced lovable loser he played on the hit ABC sitcom, “Welcome Back, Kotter,”  from 1975 to 1979. Although Horshack was not a star student, he was undeniably a nerd. With his gawky frame, distinctive hyena-like laugh, and habit of exclaiming “oooh, ooooh, oooh” while insistently raising his hand in class, Horshack ranks alongside Screech, Urkel and Sheldon Cooper as one of the most beloved geeks in pop culture history.
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June 12, 2007 | Susan King, Times Staff Writer
Five years ago, Nicolas Cage and Chris Cooper starred in director Spike Jonze's quirky comedy "Adaptation." Last February, however, the actors found themselves in competition when their films opened the same weekend. Cage's Marvel Comics adventure, "Ghost Rider," received generally poor reviews but found box office glory, while Cooper's spy drama, "Breach," won the hearts of the critics but met with tepid audience response.
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