Palillo’s death comes less than eight months after co-star
Robert Hegyes suddenly
died of a heart attack. This leaves John Travolta and Lawrence
Hilton-Jacobs as the only surviving Sweathogs.
After Welcome Back Kotter went off the air, Palillo had
trouble finding work. He did the occasional guest spot on
TV shows like The A-Team, Murder, She Wrote and Cagney
& Lacey. At one point, Palillo actually played himself on
a few episodes.
In recent years, Palillo taught acting at a performing arts high
school in West Palm Beach, Florida and was due to begin teaching
another year of classes next week.
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