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'Welcome Back Kotter's' Epstein, Actor Robert Hegyes, Dies at 60

'Welcome Back Kotter's' Epstein, Actor Robert Hegyes, Dies at 60
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The Flynn & Son Funeral Home in Fords, NJ was informed of the actor's death on Thursday by his family.

Hegyes had been transported to the JFK Medical Center in Edison, NJ that morning in full cardiac arrest and died, the Star-Ledger reports.

Hegyes got his big break on Kotter, a 1970s TV series about a teacher who returned to an inner-city New York school he went to as a child to teach students often referred to as "Sweathogs." The cast included John Travolta, who played Vinnie Barbarino.

Hegyes later appeared in other TV shows, including "Cagney & Lacey." He also had stints on "CHiPs," "Diagnosis Murder," "The Drew Carey Show" and "Lewis & Clark."

Born in 1951 in the town of Perth Amboy, Hegyes grew up the oldest child of a Hungarian father and Italian mother in Metuchen, NJ. He headed to New York City following graduation at Rowan University, where he would often return to teach master classes.

The Hollywood Reporter

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