'Sweathog' Robert Hegyes dies from heart attack
'Welcome Back Kotter' cast member based his TV character on Chico from the Marx Brothers
Long before Bart Simpson, the "sweathogs" on TV's "Welcome Back Kotter" were under-acheivers, and proud of it ma-an. That Seventies TV show focused on a class of likable would-be dropouts in an inner city high school, one of whom actor John Travolta would go on to big screen success. Robert Hegyes, who played the wheelin' dealin' Jewish-Puerto Rican student Juan Epstein has died, far too early from a heart attack. He was 60.
Robert Hegyes and nearly all of the original cast members of "Welcome Back Kotter" reunited last year at the TV Land Awards to recognize the show's 35th anniversary.
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