A former Hollywood child actor, a man best known for his role on the CBS sitcom “Alice,” Philip McKeon, has died at the age of 55.
Jeff Ballard a family to the late actor, in announcing the death of Philip Mckeon on Tuesday, said he died in Texas after a long illness.
“We are all beyond heartbroken and devastated over Phil’s passing,” the spokesman said. “His wonderful sense of humour, kindness and loyalty will be remembered by all who crossed his path in life.”
McKeon is survived by his mother and his younger sister, the actress Nancy McKeon, Ballard said.
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, CNN reports.
Philip 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.