I'm sure many of you have already heard that Ron Palillo, who played Horshack on Welcome Back, Kotter has died. And this just happens months after Robert Hegyes, who played Juan Epstein passed away.
I don't have much say here, except that I am so sad to see some of my favorite funny men from childhood leaving us. I grew up loving to laugh at the silly hijinks on Kotter and it's just so sad that two of the actors would leave us so young and so soon (not to mention Debralee Scott who passed away in 2005).
Aside from Kotter, I knew Ron for a couple of things, but most notably for his stint on One Life to Live in 1994 as Gary Warren. He worked at Asa's casino as a dealer and I remember how much I loved just seeing him on an episode. Funny that he was only on it for a year, because I still remember him behind the blackjack table!
Ron, Robert and the entire Welcome Back, Kotter crew were a highlight of my childhood and then some. I know I'm not the only one who adored these actors and they are not soon to be forgotten.
You can read about Ron's passing here.