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Welcome Back, Kotter Star Ron Palillo Dies

Ron Palillo, the actor who starred alongside John Travolta on the 70s sitcom ‘Welcome Back, Kotter,’ died suddenly early Tuesday morning. TMZ reports Palillo’s longtime partner Joseph Gramm found him unresponsive in their Palm Beach, Florida home around 4 a.m. The 63-year-old was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital. It appears he suffered a heart attack. No other details were immediately available.

Palillo got his big break when he was cast as Arnold Horshack on ‘Welcome Back, Kotter.’ He starred on the series alongside Travolta, Gabe Kaplan, Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs and Robert Hegyes from 1975 to 1979. After ‘Kotter’ ended, Palillo voiced characters in several animated TV shows, including ‘Laverne and Shirley in the Army,’ ‘Rubik, the Amazing Cube’ and ‘Darkwing Duck.’ In later years he returned to stage in productions of ‘Amadeus,’ ‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?’ and ‘Guys and Dolls.’

With Palillo’s death, Travolta and Hilton-Jacobs are now the only surviving “Sweathogs” from ‘Welcome Back, Kotter.’ Hegyes died of a heart attack in January.


John Travolta Facing Lawsuit By Another Masseur

Actor John Travolta has been accused of assault by a cruise steward, who alleges the movie star exposed himself during a massage.

Fabian Zanzi has become the third masseur to file a sex suit against Travolta in as many months. Two others who claimed the Pulp Fiction star acted inappropriately previously dismissed their cases.

In legal papers obtained by, Zanzi’s attorneys claim he was working on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship in 2009, when Travolta was a passenger. The actor ordered food and asked Zanzi to deliver it to his stateroom.

The plaintiff alleges Travolta dropped his robe and exposed himself and then forcefully embraced the staffer during a neck message session.

Zanzi insists he resisted Travolta’s advances and was offered $12,000 for his silence about the incident.

The masseur claims he complained about Travolta’s behavior but his superiors refused to allow him to file a full report, containing details of nudity or sexual contact.

Zanzi is suing for unspecified damages.

John Travolta’s Lawyer Rebuffs Fourth Sex Claim

A lawyer for John Travolta has moved swiftly to discredit a fourth masseur who stepped forward to accuse the actor of propositioning him.

Michael Caputo claims Travolta was banned from the Peninsula Hotel in New York City for more than three years because of “inappropriate behavior” around spa staff.

He tells The New York Daily News, “Travolta would always request a man for his massage, but after a while no one would take him. It got to the point where they couldn’t find any men to take him, and they had to ban him.”

Caputo, who no longer works at the hotel, has accused Travolta of “removing his towel, grinding against the massage table and lifting his butt in the air.”

He adds, “These are signs to a massage therapist he was trying to see how much he could get away with. They went to management.”

Travolta’s attorney Marty Singer has dismissed Caputo’s claims, branding him a “disgruntled employee.”

He says, “If he was banned, do you think he’d ever go back? He’s never been banned, I guarantee you… The hotel never told John he was banned, and John never acted improperly.”

The latest sensational claims follow those of three other men who came forward to accuse Travolta of sexual misconduct.

Actor John Travolta Denies Sexual Harassment Charges

John Travolta has been hit with not one, but two sexual harassment lawsuits filed by two male massage therapists, who allege the actor subjected them to workplace abuse.

Both men, who are only identified as Doe plaintiff #1 and Doe plaintiff #2, hired a sexual harassment attorney and are seeking $2 million in punitive damages.

According to Doe plaintiff #1’s allegations, Travolta would touch him against his will and grabbed his scrotum and penis after stripping completely naked, among other harassing behaviors. Doe plaintiff #2 also stated that Travolta tried to initiate a three way with him and a “Hollywood starlet.”

Doe plaintiff #2 said on one occasion Travolta requested a buttocks massage, during which he would move around in an effort to get Doe Plaintiff #2 to touch his penis and anus. Travolta then tried to force Doe plaintiff #2 to touch his scrotum.

Sexual harassment creates a hostile workplace for the targets of the abuse and makes them deserving of financial compensation. These are serious allegations, and if a sexual harassment lawyer can prove they are true, the men will be eligible for the compensation they are seeking.

Travolta vehemently denies the allegations, calling the allegations a “baseless lie” and has filed a counter-suit against the men and their attorney.

Sexual harassment in the workplace is all too common and the victims of this hostile behavior must turn to a sexual harassment lawyer to help them end the abuse and recover any of their lost wages due to emotional distress.

Manager Confirms Jeff Conaway Death

Jeff Conaway’s manager, Phil Brock, has confirmed the actor died Friday morning. Brock tells People magazine Conaway was taken off life support and passed away at 10:03 a.m. The 60-year-old, who was best known for his roles on Grease and Taxi, had been in a coma since he was found unconscious in his home on May 11. Conaway was suffering from pneumonia and sepsis.

“Jeff was taken off life-support (Thursday) afternoon. His family chose to take him off of life-support based on advice from physicians. They thought for several days that the situation was hopeless,” Brock tells People.

“We loved Jeff as a person. We respect him. We know his personal struggles are all over. He was a kind, gentle soul who loved to perform, from small theater to Broadway,” Brock added.

Conaway began his acting career in the 70s and shot to fame after starring alongside Olivia Newton John and John Travolta in Grease. He went on to star in dozens of films. Conaway’s career was often overshadowed by his addiction to drugs and alcohol. His battle with addiction to cocaine, prescription pain meds and alcohol was chronicled on the first two seasons of Celebrity Rehab. He first sought treatment for substance abuse in the mid-80s.

Lindsay Lohan Back In Gotti Movie

Just hours after Marc Fiore said he was no longer in negotiations with Lindsay Lohan to appear in Gotti: Three Generations, the producer announced Lohan has landed a part in the film.

“She was definitely out as of earlier today, but she really wanted the part,” Marc Fiore told People magazine Wednesday. “She not only is back in the movie, but she single-handedly put it all together. She called me personally and put her team on it and we came to an agreement.”

Lohan, 24, has scored the role of Kim Gotti, the wife of John Gotti Jr. John Travolta will play John Gotti, the leader of the Gambino crime family. No other cast members have been announced.

John Travolta and Michael J. Fox Pick Up Trophies at TV Land Awards

Liza Minnelli, Stevie Wonder and Ben Stiller were among the stars who turned out to celebrate the TV Land Awards in New York on Sunday (10Apr11) as John Travolta and Michael J. Fox picked up prizes.

Cabaret star Minnelli kicked off the ceremony, which honors movie, TV and music icons, with a performance of Frank Sinatra classic New York, New York at Big Apple venue the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.

Winners included Travolta, who was reunited with his castmates from Welcome Back, Kotter, as they were handed the 35th Anniversary Award by Glee actress Jane Lynch.
The night also saw a reunion for Fox, who was presented with the Fan Favorite Award by funnyman Stiller alongside his former Family Ties colleagues.
Meanwhile, Wonder gave an impromptu performance of Higher Ground as he handed the Impact Award to the cast of The Cosby Show.
Other winners included singing duo Daryl Hall and John Oates, who picked up the Music Icon trophy, the stars of Hot In Cleveland handed over the Pop CultureAward to The Facts of Life cast, and Regis Philbin was presented with the Legend Award by Barbara Walters.

John Travolta and the Cast of Welcome Back, Kotter to be Honored at 2011 TV Land Awards

TV Land is proud to announce that Golden Globe® winner and two-time Academy Award® nominee John Travolta will reunite with the cast of Welcome Back, Kotter at the TV Land Awards 2011. The network will salute the beloved sitcom – set in Brooklyn, NY – with the 35th Anniversary Award at this year’s show taping in New York City at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center on Sunday, April 10 and airing on TV Land on Sunday, April 17, 2011 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

Travolta will reunite with co-stars Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs, Ron Palillo and Marcia Strassman – with more cast members to be announced – to accept the 35th Anniversary Award for the popular edgy sitcom which ran from 1975-1979.

Welcome Back, Kotter ran for five seasons and revolved around an inner-city high school teacher, Mr. Kotter (Gabe Kaplan) who returns to his alma mater to teach a new generation of under-achieving misfits nicknamed the “Sweathogs.” As a former “Sweathog” himself, Kotter uses his own life experiences to try and get through to this misunderstood group led by wisecracking Vinnie Barbarino (Travolta). The talented cast is rounded out by Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs as Freddie “Boom Boom” Washington, Ron Palillo as Arnold Horshack, Robert Hegyes as Juan Epstein and Marcia Strassman as Mr. Kotter’s wife, Julie.

Now in its ninth year, the TV Land Awards 2011 pays tribute to classic and contemporary luminaries of television, music and movies. The ninety-minute telecast will feature exhilarating musical performances and will reunite some of the most iconic celebrity TV casts. Previously announced honorees include Regis Philbin (Legend Award), Family Ties (Fan Favorite Award) and The Cosby Show (Impact Award).

Welcome Back, Kotter: The Complete First Season

Michael J. Fox, John Travolta and More Stars Honored At German Film Awards

John Travolta, Renee Zellweger and Michael J. Fox were among the honorees at the Golden Camera awards in Germany on Saturday night (Feb 5).

The Back to the Future star landed the Lifetime Achievement trophy for his contribution to movies and singer Gloria Gaynor received the music equivalent at the Berlin ceremony.

Travolta won the Best International Actor Prize, while Zellweger won the Best International Actress prize – and the Bridget Jones’s Diary star admits she was overwhelmed to land the award, which has previously been handed to Meryl Streep, Cate Blanchett and Jodie Foster.
She told the audience, “I am so honoured to be part of the same group of great artists who have received this honour over the last 46 years.”