Gabe Kaplan and John Travolta both left the series after its third season. Kaplan left after two episodes last season, due to creative differences with producer James Komack. Kaplan’s name is still in the credits, but he has rarely appeared in the series.
Ron Palillo, who played Arnold Horshack in Kotter, died of a heart ■■■■■■ in Florida in August. Robert Hegyes played Juan Epstein in Welcome Back, Kotter. The actor died on January 26, 2012, at the age of 60 at his home in Metuchen, New Jersey.
Welcome Back, Kotter is an American sitcom starring Gabe Kaplan as the Sardinian high school teacher responsible for a racial and ethnic remedy called Sweathogs. It was recorded in front of a studio audience and originally aired on ABC from 9 September 1975 to 17 May 1979.
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The actors who played the top four sweaty were much older than the characters they played. Last season was Ron Palillo 29, Robert Hegyes 27, Lawrence HiltonJacobs 25 and John Travolta 24.
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Marcia Strassman, who played Gabe Kaplan’s wife Julie on the 1970s sitcom Welcome Back, Kotter, succumbed to years of ■■■■■■ cancer on Saturday. She was 66 years old. The director of her friend, Bob Weide, confirmed her death to the Hollywood Reporter.