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Perth Amboy, New Jersey, USA
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Welcome Back Kotter
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Robert Hegyes (pronounced Hedges; May 7, 1951 – January 26, 2012) was an American actor best known for his portrayal of high school student Juan Epstein on the 1970s American sitcom Welcome Back, Kotter.
Hegyes was born in Perth Amboy, New Jersey, to a Hungarian-American father, Stephen, and an Italian-American mother, Marie Dominica Cocozza. Hegyes had three siblings (Mark, Stephanie and Elizabeth).
He grew up in Metuchen, New Jersey and began acting in high school in the mid-1960s under the guidance of Metuchen High School theater teacher, Barton Shepard. Upon graduation from Glassboro State College (now Rowan University), with a B.A. in Speech/Theater and Secondary Education, Hegyes ventured to New York City to pursue a career in acting and soon became a member of a Greenwich Village children's theater group called, "Theater in a Trunk," performing educational theater at U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt's birthplace, on East 20th Street. Hegyes continued performing in the Village in educational children's theater, this time as a puppeteer with an arm and rod puppet company, playing Mr. Toad in The Wind & the Willows. Robert managed to work a third performing job in Washington Square Park and at the Provincetown Playhouse as a member of the political improvisational guerrilla troupe, "Jack LaRumpa's Flying Drum & Kazoo Band."
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Metuchen, New Jersey, USA
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Robert Hegyes (pronounced Hedges; May 7, 1951 – January 26, 2012) was an American actor best known for his portrayal of high school student Juan Epstein on the 1970s American sitcom Welcome Back, Kotter and as detective Manny Esposito on the 1980s American crime drama Cagney & Lacey.
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Marie Dominica Cocozza
Stephanie Hegyes, Elizabeth Hegyes
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passed away on 26th Jan 2012 aged 60. |||
Robert Hegyes passed away on 26th Jan 2012 aged 60. His last relationship was when Robert Hegyes and Cynthia Wylie dated for 13 years after getting together in 1994.
Robert Hegyes was previously married to Lynn O'Hare (1986 - 1993), Kyle Drummer (1978 - 1984) and Mary Kunes (1972 - 1978).
He was also in relationships with Cynthia Wylie (1994 - 2007).
Robert Hegyes had 2 children, Cassondra Margaret Marie (28) and Mackenzie Lorenzo Carey (25).
Robert Hegyes is a 60 year old American Actor. Born on 7th May, 1951 in Perth Amboy, New Jersey, USA, he is famous for Welcome Back Kotter in a career that spans 1975–2002. His zodiac sign is Taurus.
Robert Hegyes was in an on-screen matchup with Georganne LaPiere in Welcome Back, Kotter (1975).
Robert Hegyes is a member of the following lists:
Male actors of Italian descent,
Male actors from New Jersey and
20th-century American male actors.
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