Friday, January 27, 2012

Robert Hegyes Has Died


Robert Hegyes, the Jersey-born actor who played Jewish Puerto Rican wheeler-dealer Juan Luis Pedro Phillipo de Huevos Epstein on the 1970s classic "Welcome Back Kotter," died from an apparent heart attack after suffering chest pains at his Metuchen, New Jersey home this morning. He was 60.

17 comments:

EmEyeKay said...

I was strangely attracted to him as a kid. Only 60, that's a bummer!

__-__=__ said...

Wow, that's young! Too soon.

NotAMeanGirl said...

Rest In Peace. I had a HUGE crush on him as a kid. The fact that he made me laugh so hard milk came out my nose was Bonus!

Ms Cool said...

Epstein's Mother

Nutty_Flavor said...

Saw him on a Love Boat rerun recently. He looked a uncannily like Slash from Guns ''n Roses.

Ice Angel said...

Awww...I loved Epstein!!! I agree with the others about having a bit of a crush on him...I was definitely more into Juan than Vinnie-I thought Vinnie was a dope! LOL!

Way too young. RIP Robert. Gone too soon. Thanks for the laughs!

MISCH said...

RIP, watched all these in reruns...love loved it...starting with the theme song..

bflogurl said...

RIP... he was always my favorite Sweathog =(

anita_mark said...

@Nutty, I can see that. He also looks like he can be in the E Street Band.

Little Miss Smoke and Mirrors said...

This news breaks my heart. RIP.

pilly said...

Oh Liittle Juan! RIP

CarolMR said...

RIP, Robert. I always thought he really was Jewish/Puerto Rican, but I just read he was Hungarian/Italian. He said he modeled his Juan character on his idol, Chico Marx.

Amartel said...

Epstein is sick and will not be in school today.
Signed, Epstein's Mother.


RIP, my favorite Sweathog!

WUWT? said...

Funny how in that pic none of them look like believable high school-age students. I never noticed it as a kid.

MadLyb said...
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MadLyb said...

I loved this show as a kid. So shoot me (with rubber bullets). I'm a Puerto Rican Jew - roll the "R's". Rest in Peace, Juan Epstein/Robert Hegyes. Another piece of my childhood has blown into the ether. :(

Debutante said...

Oh NO ! Not Epstein ! He was a cutie ! And he DOES resemble Slash.

I'm just shocked that I live right by Metuchen, NJ and didn't know he lived in the area. Rest in Peace.