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Ron Palillo: The Make-Believe Student We All Knew Who Became a Real-Life Teacher

Posted on 08/14/2012 by |Who's News | Comments

LegacyRaise your hand and shout “Ooh! Ooh! Ooh!” if you loved the antics of remedial high school student Arnold Dingfelder Horshack on the late 1970s sitcom Welcome Back, Kotter. But for Ron Palillo, who died of a heart attack in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., this morning at age 63, playing Horshack wasn’t as much fun as it looked. Though the role brought him fame, it left him feeling a bit frustrated. Palillo had started out as a stage actor, playing …