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01-26-2012, 09:45 PM
'Welcome Back Kotter' Star Robert Hegyes Dies at 60
By Tim Kenneally | The Wrap 5 hours ago.. .

Robert Hegyes, who played Juan Epstein on '70s sitcom "Welcome Back, Kotter, died Thursday, the New Jersey Star-Ledger reports. Hegyes, who died of an apparent heart attack after suffering chest pains at his Metuchen, New Jersey home, was 60.

Hegyes had not been in good health for the past two years, his brother Mark Hegyes told the paper. The actor had suffered a previous heart attack in recent years.

Police responded to an emergency call from Hegyes' home at approximately 9 a.m. He was transported to JFK Medical Center in Edison, New Jersey, but at that point he had gone into full cardiac arrest.

Though Hegyes also starred on the detective series "Cagney & Lacey" (as Det. Manny Esposito) and, in later years, guest-starred on shows such as "NewsRadio" and "Diagnosis Murder," Hegyes was best-known for his role as Juan Epstein -- full name: Juan Luis Pedro Phillipo de Huevos Epstein -- on the 1970s sitcom "Welcome Back, Kotter" from 1975 to 1979. Perpetually scheming and always ready with a self-written note signed "Epstein's Mother" to explain his school absences, Epstein stood out among a group of characters that included the super-cocky womanizer Vinnie Barabarino (played by a young John Travolta) and hip but beleaguered high-school teacher Gabe Kotter (played by Gabe Kaplan).

Hegyes' last listed acting role on IMDB is in the film "Hip, Edgy, Sexy, Cool" in 2002.

He leaves behind a two children, Cassie and Mack, and two step-children, Sophia and Alex.

Son of a bitch.

01-26-2012, 09:50 PM
That sucks.

Oh, oh, oh.

Neighborhood Creep
01-26-2012, 09:51 PM

01-26-2012, 10:08 PM
If JUAN EPSTEIN from Welcome Back Kotter is dead I may just have to shit a brick. That is all.

01-26-2012, 10:37 PM
Pics or it didn't happen.

01-27-2012, 03:32 AM
That sucks.

Oh, oh, oh.

Is that your best Arnold Horshack?:)

01-27-2012, 09:17 AM
Is this the old people thread?

01-27-2012, 06:32 PM
Is this the old people thread?

No, it's apparently the noob's with a, trying to be ironic, lionel richie profile pic thread.

Premium Roast
01-27-2012, 06:37 PM
it was a decent, albeit slightly depressing, TV theme song.


01-28-2012, 01:24 AM
I'm surprised it took so long for the first sweathog to go. Hell, even Gabe Kaplan is still alive.