I fondly remember watching reruns of Welcome Back Kotter during the summer when I was off school. I loved imitating Horshack’s “Oo-Oo-Oo” because I was knew I wasn’t cool enough to pull off Barbarino. Sadly, Mr. Kotter and the Sweathogs left the air after only four seasons, with the final episode, “The Breadwinners,” airing June 8, 1979.
Two of the actors that portrayed Sweathogs are no longer with us. Both Robert Hegyes (Juan Epstein) and Ron Palillo (Arnold Horshack) passed away in 2012. Marcia Strassman, who played Mr. Kotter’s wife Julie, also passed in 2014.
(April 2, 1949 – August 14, 2012)
Ron Palillo was best known for his role as Arnold Dingfelder Horshack on one of my favorite childhood sitcoms, “Welcome Back Kotter.” He also voiced Sgt. Squealy on the “Mork & Mindy/Laverne & Shirley/Fonz Hour” and played Allen Hayes in Jason Lives: Friday the 13th Part VI.