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Gone But Not Forgotten: Remembering The Celebrities Who Left Us In 2012

12/31/2012 3:00pm EST
Whitney Houston
As 2012 comes to a close please click through to take a look back and remember all the actors, actresses, musicians, singers, writers, directors, producers and others who have entertained us over the years but left us during the past year.

They may be gone but their legacies will live on... R.I.P.

Etta James the "At Last" singer died of complications from Leukemia on January 20 at age 73.

Welcome Back Kotter star Robert Hegyes, who played Juan Luis Pedro Phillipo de Huevos Epstein on the show, died of a heart attack at age 60 on January 26.

Singer & reality TV star Leslie Cart...
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John Travolta Pays Tribute To 'Welcome Back, Kotter' Co-Star Ron Palillo

8/15/2012 2:38pm EDT
John Travolta
John Travolta has expressed his grief over the loss of his former Welcome Back, Kotter co-star Ron Palillo, calling him a great talent and "a wonderful person."

The actor passed away of an apparent heart attack at his Palm Beach Gardens home in Florida on Tuesday morning, aged 63.

His sudden death prompted many fans of the hit sitcom, in which Palillo played nerdy high school student Arnold Horshack, to recall their love for the series online, and now Travolta, who shared the small screen with the star for five years, has paid tribute to his late pal.

A statement from the Saturday Nig...
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John Travolta To Reunite With 'Sweathogs' At TV Land Awards

3/3/2011 1:51pm EST
Welcome Back Kotter
TV Land announced today 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 acce...
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Celebrity Birthdays, April 2

4/2/2009 3:00am EDT
Christopher Meloni
Happy Birthday to "Law & Order SVU" star Christopher Meloni (1961), "Welcome Back Kotter" actor Ron Palillo (1954), country singer Emmylou Harris (1947), Best Supporting Actress (The Year of Living Dangerously) Linda Hunt (1945), radio personality Dr. Demento (1941), soul singer Marvin Gaye (1939; d. 1984), "Dragnet" star Jack Webb (1920; d. 1982), "Star Wars" actor Sir Alec Guinness (1914; d. 2000), "Jed Clampett" portrayer Buddy Ebsen (1908; d. 2003), and Danish writer Hans Christian Andersen (1805; d. 1875).

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Celebrity Birthdays, April 2

4/2/2008 3:00am EDT
Christopher Meloni
Happy Birthday to "Law & Order SVU" star Christopher Meloni (1961), "Welcome Back Kotter" actor Ron Palillo (1954), country singer Emmylou Harris (1947), Best Supporting Actress (The Year of Living Dangerously) Linda Hunt (1945), radio personality Dr. Demento (1941), soul singer Marvin Gaye (1939; d. 1984), "Dragnet" star Jack Webb (1920; d. 1982), "Star Wars" actor Sir Alec Guinness (1914; d. 2000), "Jed Clampett" portrayer Buddy Ebsen (1908; d. 2003), and Danish writer Hans Christian Andersen (1805; d. 1875).

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Celebrity Birthdays, April 2

4/2/2007 3:00am EDT
Christopher Meloni
Happy Birthday to "Law & Order SVU" star Christopher Meloni (1961), "Welcome Back Kotter" actor Ron Palillo (1954), country singer Emmylou Harris (1947), Best Supporting Actress (The Year of Living Dangerously) Linda Hunt (1945), radio personality Dr. Demento (1941), soul singer Marvin Gaye (1939; d. 1984), "Dragnet" star Jack Webb (1920; d. 1982), "Star Wars" actor Sir Alec Guinness (1914; d. 2000), "Jed Clampett" portrayer Buddy Ebsen (1908; d. 2003), and Danish writer Hans Christian Andersen (1805; d. 1875).
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Celebrity Birthdays, April 2

4/2/2006 3:00am EDT
Christopher Meloni
Happy Birthday to "Law & Order SVU" star Christopher Meloni (1961), "Welcome Back Kotter" actor Ron Palillo (1954), country singer Emmylou Harris (1947), Best Supporting Actress (The Year of Living Dangerously) Linda Hunt (1945), radio personality Dr. Demento (1941), soul singer Marvin Gaye (1939; d. 1984), "Dragnet" star Jack Webb (1920; d. 1982), "Star Wars" actor Sir Alec Guinness (1914; d. 2000), "Jed Clampett" portrayer Buddy Ebsen (1908; d. 2003), and Danish writer Hans Christian Andersen (1805; d. 1875).
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