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(CNN) -- Actor Ron Palillo, who played class clown Arnold Horshack on the 1970s television comedy "Welcome Back, Kotter," has died at age 63, his agent said Tuesday.

 

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Palillo died of a heart attack in the Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, area, where he had moved to live near his mother and was active in the theater, his agent, Scott Stander, told CNN.

 

He was best known for his role as one of the "Sweathogs" -- remedial students at a Brooklyn high school -- on the 1975-79 show, which starred Gabe Kaplan and launched the career of fellow Sweathog John Travolta. Palillo's "Oooh! Oooh!" appeals for attention became the character's catchphrase.

 

Stander called Palillo "upbeat, fun, a great friend who loved theater, loved the fans and had a great sense of humor." He taught acting to high school students at the G-Star School of the Arts, a charter school in West Palm Beach, Stander said.

 

Palillo made numerous guest appearances on television in the following decades, including playing himself in three episodes of the Ellen DeGeneres comedy "Ellen" in 1996. He also appeared on the reality show "Celebrity Boxing" in 2002, losing by a TKO to former "Saved by the Bell" actor Dustin Diamond.

 

Another of the original Sweathogs, Robert Hegyes, died in January at age 60. Hegyes, who played Juan Epstein, also played a detective in the late 1980s police drama "Cagney & Lacey."

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That's 3. Abe Vigoda is breathing easy

 

 

RIP Horseshack. Thanks for the laughs

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Every day north of the dirt is a bonus at this stage. RIP Arnold, wish it was Vinny Barbarino instead of you.

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RIP

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Every day north of the dirt is a bonus at this stage. RIP Arnold, wish it was Vinny Barbarino instead of you.

 

Celebrity Death Wish?

 

Horshack had that laugh like claws on a blackboard ~ seemed like every kid in the hood mimiced.

 

I find many Hollywood hangarounds to be annoying, but that is their problem not mine. :grin:

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Last one of the Three's,

 

R I P Ron Palillo,

 

Dave

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