1970s Child Actor Philip McKeon Dies at 55, Co-Stars Respond

Philip McKeon, who appeared as a child on sitcom “Alice” between 1976 and 1985, died at age 55, it was reported.

Co-star Linda Lavin said she is mourning after news broke of his death.

“Philip was the endearing, loving boy, always willing and eager to connect with others,” she told People. “Although we were performing a show, the dynamic of creating that relationship made our connection very real and deep. He taught me how to be a good mom, just by being the wondrous boy he was.”

He died Tuesday morning in Texas after battling illness, according to his spokesman, Jeff Ballard, in media reports.

“We are all beyond heartbroken and devastated over Phil’s passing,” Ballard said, reported E! News. “His wonderful sense of humor, kindness and loyalty will be remembered by all who crossed his path in life.”

Charlie Sheen also reacted to McKeon’s death. The two appeared in the 1980s show “Amazing Series.”

“Shared some wonderful moments in the ‘trenches’ with Phil McKeon many moons ago,” Sheen wrote on Twitter. “Over the past few decades, he was always a perfect gentleman and an ebullient spirit.”

“And his goofy smile, was pure gold,” Sheen added. “R.i.p. young man. Much much too soon, you cut out.”

His sister, “Facts of Life” star Nancy McKeon had posted a birthday tribute about a month before his death.

“A huge happy birthday to my big brother !! It’s been a tough time lately… but as we’ve always said…we’ll get through it together… love you Dude,” she wrote on Instagram.

McKeon also worked in the news department for KFWB News 98 in Los Angeles for 10 years, and he later had his own show in Texas, according to E! News.

Notable Celebrity Deaths in 2019

Ric Ocasek

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Musician Ric Ocasek and model Paulina Porizkova attend the 20th Anniversary Celebration of the Children’s Defense Fund’s Beat the Odds Program at Guastavino’s in New York City on Dec. 6, 2010. (Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

Eddie Money

Musician Eddie Money performs on stage during the iHeart80s Party 2017 at SAP Center
Musician Eddie Money performs onstage during the iHeart80s Party 2017 at SAP Center in San Jose, Calif., on Jan. 28, 2017. (Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images)

Peter Fonda

Peter Fonda in a 2009 photo. (Glenn Francis of www.PacificProDigital.com via Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license)

Beth Chapman

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Duane ‘Dog the Bounty Hunter” Chapman (L) and Beth Chapman attend the Vettys Presidential Inaugural Ball at Hay-Adams Hotel in Washington on Jan. 20, 2017. (Teresa Kroeger/Getty Images)

Doris Day

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Actress and animal rights activist Doris Day poses for photos after receiving the Cecil B. DeMille Award she was presented with at the annual Golden Globe Awards ceremony in Los Angeles on Jan. 28, 1989. (AP Photo)

John Singleton

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John Singleton attends the 90th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, Calif., on March 4, 2018. He died in late April after a stroke. (Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)

Nipsey Hussle

Nipsey Hussle and Lauren London in Los Angeles, on Feb. 7, 2019. The rapper was shot dead in late March. (Gregg DeGuire/Getty Images)

Luke Perry

Undated file photo of Luke Perry. (Newsmakers)

Peter Tork

Peter Tork of the Monkees died at 77 in Feb. 2019. (Noel Vasquez/Getty Images)

Albert Finney

British actor Albert Finney died in Feb. 2019 at the age of 82. (Lucy Nicholson/AFP/Getty Images)

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