Actor Philip McKeon dies at age 55 after a long illness

Brenda Watkins
December 12, 2019

Children's star Philip is best known for playing the role of Tommy Hyatt in the American series Alice, which aired between 1976 and 1985, along with Linda Lavin, who played the main character.

Actor Charlie Sheen said McKeon was "always a flawless gentleman and an ebullient spirit".

"We are all past crushed and crushed over Phil's passing", said Ballard in an announcement to the outlet. The two had performed together in an episode of Amazing Stories in 1986 and Sheen shared a picture of the two on set in military fatigues.

The actor died in Texas on Tuesday morning (December 10) after a long illness.

"And his goofy smile, was pure gold", Sheen continued.

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McKeon later worked in the news industry and hosted a radio show in Wimberley, Texas, close to his family. His wonderful sense of humor, kindness and loyalty will be remembered by all who crossed their path in life.

McKeon was survived by their mother Barbara and Nancy, whom he cheered on via Facebook past year as she competed on ABC's Dancing With the Stars.

LOS ANGELES - JANUARY 1: ALICE cast from left to right: Polly Holliday as "Flo" Florence Jean Castleberry; Vic Tayback as diner owner Mel Sharples; Philip McKeon as Alice's son Tommy; Linda Lavin as Alice Hyatt; and Beth Howland as Vera Louise Gorman. His other acting credits include the 1987 slasher film Return to Horror High and appearances in CHiPs, Fantasy Island and The Love Boat.

Kim Fields of The Facts of Life tweeted: "My heart is broken &aches for my sister Nancy who just lost her brother Phil. Pls cover her w/love & comforting grace".

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