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R.I.P. Robert Hegyes, a.k.a. Juan Epstein

R.I.P. New Jersey-born actor Robert Hegyes, known for portraying Juan Epstein on the 1970 sitcom “Welcome Back Kotter“.  He died Jan. 26, 2012 from a heart attack. He was 60 years old. The character he portrayed, Juan Epstein, is honored in NYC at the lower east side bar Epstein’s Bar.

Welcome Back Kotter cast (1975-79)

Welcome Back Kotter reunion (2011)

Fans of the show, or of the actor, can toast his memory at:

Epstein's BarEpstein’s Bar
82 Stanton St. (Allen St.)
New York, NY
(212) 477-2232
EpsteinsBarNYC.com

Welcome Back Kotter theme song:

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