Losing Robert Hegyes (Welcome Back, Kotter's Epstein) has taken us here at Screen Junkies by surprise. I guess we just figured that he'd always be around and took for granted the fact that life is fleeting. We never called to check in on him or made sure to get birthday cards mailed before it was too late. Today has been a wake up call.

We need to start showing our beloved sitcom stars how much they really mean to us. That we appreciate them and the gift of repeated laughter they've given us over the years. That all changes today. Alexander Payne or Quentin Tarantino shouldn't have to save them for obscurity to make us love them again. If you see any of the beloved sitcom characters below, please give them a hug from us.

J.J. Evans

J.J. Evans made America his bitch with three simple syllables, DYN-O-MITE. To deny his charm is to deny all things we know to be true. He's even won over white supremacists. Here's photographic proof.

Buddy Lembeck

Whose better than Buddy Lembeck? Eight is Enough star Willie Aames captured lightning in a bottle for a second time when he was cast as a loveable dope on Charles In Charge. You could always count on Buddy for the best punchlines.

With two hit shows under his belt, Aames himself is no stranger to keeping busy. In fact, he's got a pretty diverse resume. Child star, drug addict, born again Christian, ordained minister, furniture builder, suicide survivor, financial advisor, bankruptcy petitioner, and assistant cruise ship director.

Andy Keaton

Who could forget adorable little Andy Keaton? The tot joined Family Ties in the fifth season and was played by child actor, Brian Bonsall The floppy haired Bonsall stole America's hearts as he was enthusiastically molded into the Mini-Me version of uber-Republican older brother Alex. Bonsall went on to star in a variety of other projects but hasn't been acting too much in the last eighteen years. He did hit his friend in the face with a barstool though. That's impressive.


Screech. The name says it all. Saved by the Bell's geek was always getting into tough scrapes. Whether he was being troubled by bullies or campaigning for the affections of Lisa or selling his worldly belongings or losing his house or starring in porn or not being invited on Jimmy Fallon, he couldn't help but get in over his head! Some of those things might have actually happened to Dustin Diamond, the actor who will forever be stuck with the nickname.

Uncle Joey

Let's show a little respect to the man responsible for the "CUT. IT. OUT." gesture and talking in a high-pitched woodchuck voice. Those two awesome innovations made him a God to women which lead to a brief relationship with Alanis Morissette leading her to write "You Oughtta Know" the comedy master. You can't cage a spirit as wild as Dave Coulier.


ALF (aka Gordon Shumway) sadly has fallen on difficult times. After a string of failed marriages and tax problems, Shumway was found in low income housing project smoking kitty litter with a prostitute. And not scoopable kind either. The hard stuff.

But I prefer to remember the ALF that first beamed into our living rooms. The vivacious houseguest that quickly endeared himself as a member of the family.

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