Friday, January 27, 2012

RIP Robert Heyges AKA Juan Epstein

I just read that Robert Heyges passed away on Thursday January 26th at the age of 60 from a heart attack.  Many won’t recognize the name at first but most will know who he is when you see a picture of Juan Luis Pedro Felipo de Huevos Epstein or more simply Epstein from Welcome Back Kotter.  Heyges did many other things as an actor (such as portraying undercover detective Manny Esposito on Cagney & Lacey and teaching acting courses at Rowan University) but will forever be remembered for his role as Juan Epstein. 
I still laugh when I think of him saying, “Hey Mr. Kotter.  I got a note.”  The note would always be signed by “Epstein’s mother” or “Epstein’s doctor” to try to get him out of a taking a test or doing some other type of schoolwork.  It was one the best running jokes on the show.
Mr. Heyges, thanks for the memories.  RIP.

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