Ron Palillo Best Known As Mouthy Classroom Goofball Arnold Horshack On The 1970s TV Series Welcome Back Kotter

Ron Palillo, best accepted as chattering classroom addle-brain Arnold Horshack on the 1970s TV alternation Welcome Back, Kotter, died at his Palm Beach Gardens home aboriginal this morning, according to Stacy Sacco, Palillo’s friend.

Sacco said Palillo anesthetized abroad aback at 4:30 a.m.

He was 63.

“He aloof couldn’t accept been added fun and able or talented. He was an amazing animal being,” said Sacco
of Palm Beach Gardens, who met Palillo 20 years ago aback he was a bedfellow on Ellen DeGeneres’ ball in Los Angeles, on which Sacco was a calligraphy supervisor.

“I had been a fan. We all knew who he was. He was a animated star,” Sacco said.

Palillo had been teaching acting classes at G-Star Academy of the Arts, a allotment academy in Palm Springs, for about three years.

Sacco said that no account of afterlife has been determined, but that Palillo had not been ill or in the hospital. Palillo was a Connecticut built-in who lived in New York for about 40 years afore teaching at G-Star.

Born April 2, 1949 in Cheshire, Conn., Palillo is survived by his accomplice of 41 years, Joseph Gramm, a retired actor.

Palillo abounding the University of Connecticut and had lectured in colleges and aerial schools all over the country afore advancing to Palm Beach County.

“From the moment I heard about G-Star … it articulate like aggregate I capital as a apprentice aback I went to aerial school,” Palillo told The Palm Beach Post in 2009.

“To accept this aback I was a kid would’ve been amazing and I knew I capital to be allotment of it.”

“He was the greatest guy. He could accept appear in with an ego and he didn’t,” Greg Hauptner, architect and CEO of G-Star Academy, said today. “He was beholden of alive with the kids, and the kids adulation him.”

Palillo accomplished acting for blur and camera.

“He was a actual affable gentleman,” Hauptner said. “He knew how to assignment with the kids and how to get the best out of them.

“He was the affectionate of guy that you met and anon fabricated you feel absolutely good.”

Hauptner said aback Palillo aboriginal came to G-Star, he accomplished ninth grade.

“These were 13-, 14-year-old kids, and they didn’t apperceive Welcome Aback Kotter,” Hauptner said.

“The kids went aback and watched aloof about every episode.

“It collection him crazy, but he admired every minute of it.”

Palillo played Horshack on the accepted ball Welcome Aback Kotter. The appearance additionally starred Gabe Kaplan and a adolescent John Travolta. It originally aired on ABC and ran from 1975-79.

The appearance focused on Kaplan’s appearance Gabe Kotter, who alternate to his aerial academy in Brooklyn — the fabulous James Buchanan Aerial — to advise a alleviative chic to which he already belonged, according to

The capital accumulation of acceptance were accepted as the Sweathogs, an assertive accumulation who consistently got in trouble. Palillo played the abashed Arnold Dingfelder Horshack, who would generally bawl “Ooh! Ooh, ooh!” aback he anticipation he knew the acknowledgment to a question.

The casting additionally included Travolta, who played lady’s man Vinnie Barbarino, Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs, who played the consistently air-conditioned Freddie “Boom-Boom” Washington and Robert Hegyes, who played the boxy Jewish Puerto Rican wheeler-dealer Juan (Luis Pedro Phillipo de Huevos) Epstein, according to

Hegyes died in January from an credible affection attack. He was 60.

The appearance was based on Kaplan’s own aerial academy adventures with alleviative apprenticeship and a abecedary who cared dearly for her students, according to

Palillo told the Post in 2009 he admired Palm Beach County, accepting served as aesthetic administrator for the Cuillo Center for the Arts, area he directed and acted in A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline and The Phantom of the Opera.

“I’ve consistently acquainted actual at home here,” Palillo already said. “People go out of their way for you in West Palm Beach. They don’t do that in New York.”

Palillo told his G-Star acceptance in 2009 that they should activity as if they’re assuming at a 500-seat Broadway amphitheater and not central a awkward aerial academy classroom. He additionally fatigued the accent of accepting his acceptance adequate with cogent unrehearsed stories.

“I demand them to get the activity of what it’s like to be absolutely extemporaneous and to band with anniversary added in a way scientists anticipate conceivably archaic man affirmed by sitting about the bivouac and bistro a pterodactyl leg and saying, ‘I bent a brontosaurus this big aftermost night,’” he said, laughing. “It additionally helps to actualize a acceptable ensemble.”

Palillo said his adolescent Kotter actors paid accurate absorption to their characters. “The writers asked us to address our characters’ autobiographies as our characters,” Palillo told the Post. “I wrote how Arnold’s mother had been affiliated so abounding times and how he aloof capital to be admired and how no one was activity to apprehend this adventures he was writing. The writers acclimated all of it.”

“He was aloof admired by everybody here,” said Hauptner, of G-Star. “He was a big allotment of our school. We’ll never balloon him.

“The kids are activity to absence him.”

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