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Philip McKeon, former child actor, has died at 55

CNN logo CNN 2019-12-11 By Dakin Andone, CNN
Polly Holliday, Vic Tayback, Philip McKeon, Linda Lavin, Beth Howland posing for the camera: The "Alice" cast from left to right: Polly Holliday, Vic Tayback, Philip McKeon, Linda Lavin and Beth Howland. © CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images The "Alice" cast from left to right: Polly Holliday, Vic Tayback, Philip McKeon, Linda Lavin and Beth Howland.

Philip McKeon, the former child actor best known for his role on the CBS sitcom "Alice," died Tuesday, a family spokesman said. He was 55.

McKeon died in Texas after a long illness, family spokesman Jeff Ballard said in a news release.

He 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.

Television Actor Philip McKeon (Photo by Tony Korody/Sygma/Sygma via Getty Images) © Getty Television Actor Philip McKeon (Photo by Tony Korody/Sygma/Sygma via Getty Images)

McKeon also worked at the Los Angeles radio station KFWB News 98 for 10 years, Ballard said. He later moved to Wimberly, Texas, to be closer to family and for the last several years hosted his own radio show, Ballard said.

"We are all beyond heartbroken and devastated over Phil's passing," the spokesman said. "His wonderful sense of humor, kindness and loyalty will be remembered by all who crossed his path in life."

The actor Charlie Sheen also reacted to Mckeon's death on Twitter, calling him a "perfect gentleman and an ebullient spirit."

McKeon is survived by his mother and his younger sister, the actress Nancy McKeon, Ballard said.

Philip McKeon posing for the camera: Philip McKeon, seen here in April 2018, died on Tuesday, December 10, 2019, at age 55. © Bobby Bank/Getty Images North America/Getty Images Philip McKeon, seen here in April 2018, died on Tuesday, December 10, 2019, at age 55.
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