"Brother Epstein, huh? I can see the headlines: 'Puerto Rican Jew enters monastery, becomes the first 'Schlamonk."'
January 26, 2012 7:21 PM Subscribe
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Dear Mr. Kotter,
Please excuse Juan Luis Pedro Phillipo DeHuevos Epstein from class. He has an appointment in heaven.
Mr. Hegyes passed away today of a heart attack at age 60. His official site
. Wikipedia on Mr. Hegyes
and the Epstein character
Additional obituaries: People Magazine
. E! Online
Hegyes and nearly all of the original cast members reunited last year at the TV Land Awards to recognize the show's 35th anniversary. (Video
.) Good Morning America also featured the cast for the occasion, with a Where are they now? slideshow
(Hegyes is slide 7,) and get-together segment
. (Alternate YouTube link
Last year, the podcast Just My Show interviewed him
about his role on Welcome Back, Kotter
. (Here's a youtube link, but audio only.)
Hegyes "taught writing and public speaking at Brooks College in Long Beach, Calif., and wrote screenplays
" He was divorced at the time of his death and had been married three times. His survivors include two children, two step-children and three siblings.'
There are various clips of his work and television appearances on YouTube, including several from Welcome Back, Kotter
; a guest-star appearance on Newsradio
; a Love Boat
episode where he starred alongside The Brady Bunch
's Maureen McCormick; an appearance on The $25,000 Pyramid
(1988), and a tug of war
on Battle of the Network Stars
(1976). He also starred in an award-winning Volkswagen Passat commercial called "The Chase
." A few more can be seen at his official site
offer full episodes of Welcome Back, Kotter for purchase.