US actor Philip McKeon, child star on the popular 1976 CBS sitcom Alice, died on Tuesday, a family spokesman said. McKeon was 55 years old.
Philip died on Tuesday morning in Texas after a prolonged illness, family spokesperson Jeff Ballard said in a news release.
The family spokesman said, “We are all beyond heartbroken and devastated over Phil’s passing.”
“He has got a wonderful sense of humour. The kindness and loyalty of Philip will be remembered by all who crossed his path in life,” he added.
Born on November 11, 1964 in Westbury, New York, McKeon was cast on Alice after Linda Lavin saw him perform on Broadway.
McKeon was most recognizable as Tommy Hyatt, the son of the titular character on “Alice,” played by Linda Lavin. The show, which ran from 1976 to 1985, followed Alice, an aspiring singer who worked as a waitress at a diner in Phoenix.
The actor also made guest appearances on CHiPs, Fantasy Island, The Love Boat and Amazing Stories.
The actor also worked at Los Angeles radio station for 10 years and moved to Wimberly, Texas where he also hosted his own radio show.
He is survived by his mother, Barbara, and his sister, Nancy.