Ron Palillo reported dead

Ron Palillo reported dead

Ron Palillo will be forever known as Arnold Horshack, one of the “Sweathogs” (along with John Travolta) on Welcome Back, Kotter.

While all of the Sweathogs were unique, Arnold was the only one who was really excited about the class: “Oooh! Oooh! Oooh! Mr. Kot-air!” Ron Palillo’s performance was hilarious, but there was also a real vulnerability that made you like Arnold…even if you couldn’t stand the guy.

Palillo followed Kotter’s success with both on-screen and voice work, the latter bringing the actor into the world of Superman…and playing a Rubik’s Cube.

Geek credits include:

  • Sgt. Squealy on Laverne & Shirley in the Army (it was a cartoon, and they reported to a pig…voiced by Ron)
  • Rubik, the Amazing Cube
  • The Tempest
  • The Invisible Woman (with Bob Denver and Harvey Korman)
  • The Pound Puppies (Scrounger)
  • Little Clowns of Happytown
  • Jason Lives: Friday the 13th Part VI
  • Superman (the 1988 cartoon series with Beau Weaver)
  • Snake Eater (with Lorenzo Lamas: Palillo was Torchy in both movies in the series)
  • Hellgate
  • Midnight Patrol: Adventures in the Dream Zone
  • Darkwing Duck
  • Trees 2: The Root of All Evil
  • The Curse of Micah Rood
  • The Guardians (a 2010 superhero comedy)
  • It’s a Dog Gone Tail: Destiny’s Stand (with Barry Bostwick)

Good-bye, Ron Palillo…the world is a little less enthusiastic without you.

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the The Measured Circle.

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