“Alice” star Philip McKeon has died at the age of 55, according to a representative.
McKeon died on Tuesday after a long battle with an unspecified illness.
“We are all beyond heartbroken and devastated over Phil’s passing,” family spokesperson Jeff Ballard said in a statement. “His wonderful sense of humor, kindness and loyalty will be remembered by all who crossed his path in life.”
McKeon, who was the older brother of “Facts of Life” star Nancy McKeon, was best known for co-starring alongside Linda Lavin in the CBS comedy “Alice,” from 1976 to 1985. He went on to make appearances on shows including “CHiPs,” “Fantasy Island” and “The Love Boat.”
After his career as an actor, McKeon went on to work in radio, serving in the news department at the Los Angeles station KFWB News 98 for a decade. Most recently, he was the host of his own radio show in Wimberly, Texas.
Charlie Sheen, who appeared alongside McKeon in an episode of “Amazing Stories,” was among those who paid tribute to McKeon on social media on Tuesday.
shared some wonderful
moments in the "trenches"
with Phil McKeon many
over the past few decades,
he was always a perfect
gentleman and an ebullient spirit.
goofy af smile, was pure gold.
r.i.p. young man.
much much too soon,
you cut out.
— Charlie Sheen (@charliesheen) December 10, 2019
McKeon is survived by his sister Nancy and mother, Barbara.