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Robert Hegyes, played Epstein on 'Kotter,' dies
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Not a household name, but his character is remembered if you watched "Welcome Back Kotter". Hard to believe the show was back in the 70's, but it was a great show when it ran.

Robert Hegyes, played Epstein on 'Kotter,' dies
Associated Press – 4 hrs agoEmailShare10PrintRelated ContentEnlarge PhotoFILE - In this 1978 file photo, Robert Hegyes portrays Juan Epstein from the comedy …
METUCHEN, N.J. (AP) — Robert Hegyes, the actor best known for playing Jewish Puerto Rican student Juan Epstein on the 1970s TV show "Welcome Back Kotter" has died. He was 60.

The Flynn & Son Funeral Home in Fords, N.J., said it was informed of Hegyes' death Thursday by the actor's family.

A spokesman at JFK Medical Center in Edison, N.J., told the Star-Ledger newspaper that Hegyes, of Metuchen, arrived at the hospital Thursday morning in full cardiac arrest and died.

Hegyes was appearing on Broadway in 1975 when he auditioned for "Kotter," a TV series about a teacher who returns to the inner-city New York school of his youth to teach a group of irreverent remedial students nicknamed the "Sweathogs." They included the character Vinnie Barbarino, played by John Travolta.

The show's theme song, performed by John Sebastian, became a pop hit.

Hegyes also appeared on many other TV series, including "Cagney & Lacey."

He was born in Perth Amboy and grew up in Metuchen, the eldest child of a Hungarian father and Italian mother.

He attended Rowan University, formerly Glassboro State College, in southern New Jersey, before heading to New York City after graduation. He returned to Rowan on several occasions to teach master classes in acting, a university spokesman said Thursday.

"He was a good friend to the university," spokesman Joe Cardona said.

Hegyes continued to act after "Kotter" and was a regular on "Cagney & Lacey." He also guest-starred in shows including "Diagnosis Murder" and "The Drew Carey Show."

On his website, Hegyes wrote that he was inspired by Chico Marx, whom he had played in a touring production of a show about the Marx Bros. He also recalled how his mother encouraged him to get involved in theater as a teen.

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"Dear Mr. Kotter,

Please excuse my son from school for yesterday, he was sick.

- Epstein's Mom"

Laugh

Sitcoms ain't what they used to be. There are a few good shows on these days but tv just isn't what it used to be. Episodes back then were sometimes controversial because they raised issues noone wanted to talk about. Today, shows are controversial for the sake of it and for ratings.

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January 28, 2012 - 11:36 am
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RIP

I remember as a kid loving that show

Willie Wonka quotes..
What is this Wonka, some kind of funhouse?
Why? Are you having fun?
A little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest men.
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