Ron Palillo

Ron Palillo

Highest Rated: 48% Friday the 13th, Part VI: Jason Lives (1986)

Lowest Rated: 48% Friday the 13th, Part VI: Jason Lives (1986)

Birthday: Apr 02, 1949

Birthplace: Cheshire, Connecticut, USA

A theater-trained actor with a strong stage background, Ron Palillo was forever remembered as the charming goofball Arnold Horshack, one of the "Welcome Back, Kotter" (ABC, 1975-79) "Sweathogs." The show and its characters became an integral part of pop culture zeitgeist, inspiring a lucrative line of merchandise and a mania to imitate the beloved characters' catchphrases, including Palillo's distinctive Horshack mannerisms. After "Kotter" ended, Palillo appeared in genre projects like "Jason Lives: Friday the 13th Part VI" (1986) and had great success with voiceover work. He also had a fun recurring role as himself on "Ellen" (ABC, 1994-98). Palillo also turned his focus to stage work, teaching drama and illustrating children's books, living quietly in Florida with his partner until his death from a heart attack on Aug. 14, 2012. Ron Palillo created a character who still resonated with audiences decades later - a testament to the chops, tenacity and likability of the actor who made it all possible.

Highest rated movies

Friday the 13th, Part VI: Jason Lives

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Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Guardians Professor Walker (Character) - 2010
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Curse of Micah Rood Micah Rood (Character) - 2008
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Root of All Evil Dougie Styles (Character) - 2004
No Score Yet 17% Committed Ronnie (Character) - 1990
No Score Yet 11% Hellgate Matt (Character) - 1989
48% 52% Friday the 13th, Part VI: Jason Lives Allen Hawes (Character) $19M 1986
No Score Yet 12% Doin' Time Pappion (Character) - 1985
No Score Yet No Score Yet The A-Team Zack (Character) - 1983
No Score Yet 33% Skatetown U.S.A. Frankey (Character) - 1979

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mr. Rhodes Unknown (Guest Star) 1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet Ellen Unknown (Guest Star) 1996
No Score Yet No Score Yet Trapper John, M.D. Unknown (Guest Star) 1986
56% No Score Yet Alice Unknown (Guest Star) 1981
No Score Yet No Score Yet Welcome Back, Kotter Arnold Horshack (Character) 1975-1979

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