Philip McKeon, a former child actor, passed away yesterday in Texas at the age of 55. A family spokesman, Jeff Ballard, says it was from a long illness in a news release. You probably know McKeon from his most well known role on the T.V. sitcom, Alice. McKeon played Tommy Hyatt, the son of the character “Alice,” played by Linda Lavin, who was an aspiring singer working as a waitress in Phoenix. The show aired on CBS from 1976 to 1985.
After McKeon finished his role as Tommy Hyatt, he turned to radio. He worked at the Los Angeles radio station KFWB News 98 for 10 years. Following this, he moved to Wimberly, Texas in order to be closer to his family. There, he hosted his own radio show, according to Ballard. The spokesman said “We are all beyond heartbroken and devastated over Phil’s passing, his wonderful sense of humor, kindness and loyalty will be remembered by all who crossed his path in life.”
McKeon also appeared in other TV shows along the way, such as The Love Boat, Amazing Stories and Favorite Son. Charlie Sheen recognized McKeon’s death on Twitter as well. The two were colleagues on an episode of NBC’s “Amazing Stories.” Sheen said “Shared some wonderful moments in the ‘trenches’ with Phil McKeon many moons ago. over the past few decades, he was always a perfect gentleman and an ebullient spirit,” he tweeted. “r.i.p. young man. much much too soon, you cut out. xox” We are all sad to see such a talented man at a young age be taken right before the holidays.
He is survived by his mother, Barbara, and his sister, Nancy McKeon, the “Facts of Life” actress.