Ron Palillo as MICAH ROOD
After his almost-too-memorable characterization of class yo-yo Arnold Horshack on the hit seventies sit-com WELCOME BACK, KOTTER, Ron turned back to his first love, the theatre, to sustain him during the rather bleak 1980’s.
He played some forty states and found, much to his surprise, how much he had learned about the craft he loves so well! In L.A. he won the Dramalogue Award for his portrayal of the cat burglar in P.S. YOUR CAT IS DEAD, as well as great acclaim playing stand-up comic Sammy Shore (Yep, Pauly's father!) at the Santa Monica Playhouse, causing Daily Variety to call his performance “Outstanding!”
His art, which has been exhibited throughout the country, brought Ron a showing in New York, where he met up with old pal Tyne Daly, with whom he played the Artful Dodger to her Nancy in an earlier production of OLIVER!, Besides AMADEUS and OLIVER!, Ron toured from theatre to theatre in such diverse shows as OKLAHOMA!, William Gibson’s BUTTERFINGERS ANGEL, GUYS AND DOLLS , I HATE HAMLET, HOW TO SUCCEED, as Truman Capote in A HOLIDAY MEMORY, and many, many others.
But to Ron his great achievement was the role of George in WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF? The prestigious New Jersey Star Ledger wrote of him, ”Ron Palillo lays down an extraordinary performance... You may remember him from WELCOME BACK, KOTTER, but here his portrayal here is one of depth and cruel understanding... It is a magnificent performance.”
In 2002, Ron was resident guest star at the Lake Pepin Theatre, where he played the lead roles in BLITHE SPIRIT, ARSENIC AND OLD LACE, and ART. That following year, Ron undertook the enormous task of bringing a Nazi War criminal to life in the one man show, THE DIARY OF ADOLF EICHMANN Off- Broadway. The New York Times called his performance “Ferocious.” Later that year, he did a 180 degree and portrayed Arthur in CAMELOT, a role he had dreamed of since he was a child.
In 2004 he wrote THE LOST BOY, a dramatic-fantasy about the true story behind the creation of PETER PAN. THE LOST BOY opened 2005-2006 to unanimously glowing reviews ("The Lost Boy belongs in the canon of great American plays." NEWSDAY.), in regional theatres. Because of its success, rehearsals for a major Los Angeles production of THE LOST BOY are set to begin in late summer for a Sept-Oct opening. Then a national tour is expected ending up in New York City with an eye towards the London West End, where interest in it has been brewing for quite a while now.