This Day in Death

8.14.12: Ron Palillo, Television’s Arnold Horshack – DEAD!

Filed under: Dead —James @ 10:37 am August 16, 2012

Palillo’s in the center. Yup, the censors let him wear those pants in 1975, but in 2012 if you say “fuck” on basic cable they kick you out of The Wiggles.


Today we spend a maximum of 300 words mourning actor Ron Palillo, best known as Arnold Horshack in 70s sitcom “Welcome Back, Kotter.” Palillo died on Tuesday after suffering an apparent heart attack-ack-ack-ack-ack-ack. Okay, listen, I realize that doesn’t make a lot of sense but I don’t have very deep reserves when it comes to 70s references. You’re lucky I even got the decade right.

Mr. Palillo was inextricably linked with the character he played from 1975 to 1979 on “Kotter,” the hit ABC sitcom, in which title character Gabe Kotter returns to his Brooklyn alma mater to teach a group of lovable wiseguys known as the Sweathogs. Horshack was the nasal teen who yelped, “Oooh, ooh,” and shot his hand skyward whenever Kotter posed a question.

Alright, let’s get down to the heat of the meat here: Palillo is dead, Robert Hegyes died earlier this year, and John Travolta was killed aboard his private jet by Xenu’s airbourne thetan armada following the filming of “Face/Off” in 1996 and was replaced with a chubby robot clone (Let us never forget). That means that the sole remaining Sweathog is Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs, aka Freddie “Boom Boom” Washington. So I reached out to him to see what he’s been up to:

“Well, yesterday I successfully fought off the family of raccoons that were hoping to reclaim the refrigerator box they’d been living in, and I’m also in talks to appear in a commercial for a strip club in Louisville, Kentucky.”

Thanks for checking in, Boom Boom!

Source: The Washington Post

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