PALM BEACH GARDENS, FLA. -- 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.
Palillos Horshack was one of the original Sweathogs in Gabe Kotters James Buchanan High School class, along with John Travoltas Vinnie Barbarino, Robert Hegyes Juan Epstein and Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs Freddie Boom Boom Washington.
The show ran on ABC from 1975 to 1979.
The Connecticut native later taught acting at a high school in Florida.
His costar Hegyes died in January.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times