Ron Palillo of 'Welcome Back Kotter' Dies, Survived by Longtime Partner Joe Gramm (Pictures)

(FILE) Actor Ron Palillo Dead At 63 Actor Ron Palillo arrives at the 6th annual "TV Land Awards" held at Barker Hangar on June 8, 2008 in Santa Monica, California. (Source: Todd Williamson/Getty Images North America) more pics »
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Ron Palillo, who played Arnold Horshack on Welcome Back, Kotter, died Tuesday morning at his home in Florida. He was 63.

Palillo, a longtime smoker, suffered an apparent heart attack and was rushed to the hospital and pronounced dead on arrival. He is survived by his longtime partner Joseph Gramm.

Though Palillo played a flunky on Welcome Back, Kotter, in real life he was an intelligent overachiever who skipped two grades before he was 14-years-old. At 19, he graduated from college with a 3.6 GPA.

Palillo co-starred with John Travolta on Kotter from 1975-79. He went on to guest star in many television series and films, including The A-Team, CHiPs, and Murder, She Wrote. He also had an active stage career and was involved with G-Star School of the Arts, a West Palm Beach academy that calls itself "the largest film, acting and digital media high school in the nation."

(FILE) Actor Ron Palillo Dead At 63
Actor Ron Palillo poses at Gotham Magazine's "Shop for a Cause" at Lord & Taylor on May 21, 2008 in New York City. (Getty Images)more pics »2009 Broadway Backwards - After Party
(L-R) Actors Michael Urie, Ron Palillo and Becki Newton attends the 2009 Broadway Backwards after party at the American Airlines Theatre on February 9, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Michael Urie;Ron Palillo;Becki Newton (Getty Images)more pics »
Palillo's longtime partner, actor Joe Gramm (IMDb)


Ron Palillo as Arnold Horshack (IMDb)

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