Archive for August 15th, 2012

Phyllis Thaxter Obituary

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

OBITUARY

Actress Phyllis Thaxter, Superman’s Mom, Dies at 90

 

 

 

She played Ma Kent in the 1978 superhero film after appearing years earlier in such classics as “Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo” and “Act of Violence.”

 

By Mike Baxter
Hollywood Reporter
August 15, 2012

 

Phyllis Thaxter, the wholesome actress who played Ma Kent in 1978’s Superman and the faithful girlfriend to vengeful POW Robert Ryan in the 1948 film noir classic Act of Violence, has died. She was 90.

 

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Ron Palillo Obituary

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

OBITUARY

Ron Palillo; actor played Arnold Horshack on ‘Kotter’

 

 

Los Angeles Times
August 15, 2012

 

Ron Palillo, 63, an actor whose signature role was Arnold Horshack in the 1970s TV sitcom “Welcome Back, Kotter,” died Tuesday of a heart attack in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., said his agent, Jackie Stander.

 

Along with John Travolta’s Vinnie Barbarino, Robert Hegyes’ Juan Epstein and Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs’ Freddie “Boom Boom” Washington, Palillo’s Horshack was one of the original Sweathogs in the James Buchanan High School class taught by Gabe Kaplan’s Mr. Kotter.

 

Horshack was the nasally teen who yelped “Oooh, ooh” and shot his hand skyward whenever Kotter posed a question.

 

The show ran on ABC from 1975 to 1979. After it ended, Palillo’s career stalled.

 

He said he felt exiled throughout the 1980s, unable to find parts, sinking into depression and rarely venturing from his apartment. When offers did come, he felt typecast as Horshack.

 

“While I loved him, I really loved him, I didn’t want to do him forever,” he said in a 1994 interview with the Birmingham (Ala.) News.

 

He was born Ronald Paolillo on April 2, 1949, in Cheshire, Conn., and eventually dropped the first “o” from his surname. His father died of lung cancer when he was 10 and he developed a stutter. His mother thought getting him involved in a local theater might help. He fell in love with the stage and overcame his speech impediment.

 

He attended the University of Connecticut and earned parts in Shakespearean productions before his big break.

 

Palillo had bit parts in shows including “The Love Boat,” “Cagney and Lacey” and”The A-Team”and played himself for a time on the series “Ellen.” But “Kotter” remained his most well-known acting part, and he focused on stage directing and writing.

 

More recently Palillo taught acting at a high school in West Palm Beach and was due to return for the upcoming school year.

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