(April 2, 1949 - August 14, 2012) USA
Actor, illustrator, playwright
Ronald "Ron" Gabriel Paolillo (he used the surname "Palillo" during his acting career) was born in New Haven, Connecticut to Gabriel and Carmel Paolillo, of Italian descent. and raised in Cheshire. He graduated from the University of Connecticut at Storrs, where he taught during the late 1990s. Palillo attended Fairfield University while pursuing a postgraduate degree.
He was best known as Arnold Horshack on the ABC sitcom Welcome Back, Kotter (1975-79). After Welcome Back, Kotter , Palillo appeared in leading and supporting roles in various television series and films. He was a panelist on an episode of Match Game PM in 1977. He voiced characters on animated series. In 1996, Palillo played himself in several episodes of the television sitcom Ellen , playing Audrey (Ellen's friend's) love interest. Palillo also spent a year on the popular daytime show One Life to Live and also acted in Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives (1986), and the lead in The Curse of Micah Rood.
He returned to New York in 1991, and played such roles as Mozart in Amadeus and regionally as George in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? , Arthur in Camelot and Nathan Detroit in Guys and Dolls . He appeared on Broadway in 2008 in Broadway Backwards 4 , a charity event benefiting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center.
As a director, Palillo directed successful productions of musicals. Palillo was also an artist, providing artwork for two children's books: The Red Wings of Christmas and A Gift for the Contessa.
Palillo and his partner of 41 years, Joseph Gramm, lived in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. Palillo suffered a heart attack at his home and was taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.
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