Actor Philip McKeon, who played child star Tommy Hyatt in 'Alice', dies at 55 after prolonged illness

Actor Philip McKeon, who played child star Tommy Hyatt in 'Alice', dies at 55 after prolonged illness

Philip McKeon, who played Tommy Hyatt in the popular sitcom 'Alice' that was adapted from the 1974 romantic comedy film 'Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore', has passed away on Tuesday, December 10, morning in Texas, after suffering from a prolonged illness.

He appeared in more than half of the 202 episodes of the show. McKeon was only 12 years old when he joined the cast of 'Alice'. The show went on to become a massive hit and the former child actor rose to stardom with the role.

Several reports confirmed that the 55-year-old actor passed away on Tuesday and his death was announced by family spokesperson Jeff Ballard. He said, "We are all beyond heartbroken and devastated over Phil's passing," Ballard said in a statement.

"His wonderful sense of humor, kindness, and loyalty will be remembered by all who crossed his path in life." However, the family has not shared any further details. 

The late actor is survived by his mother Barbara and his younger sister Nancy McKeon, who is an actress herself known for portraying Jo on another popular 80's sitcom show 'The Facts of Life'. Nancy also appeared on the US version of 'Dancing With The Stars' as a contestant in 2018. 


The brother-sister duo shares a very special bond and is very close to each other. She paid a tribute to him on his birthday on November 11 by posting an adorable picture of them on Instagram

McKeon also starred in 'Favourite Son', 'The Love Boat' and 'Amazing Stories'. His film credits include 'Red Surf', the 1993 movie 'Sandman' and 'EVIL II'.

He had also made an appearance on TV game shows including 'The Hollywood Squares' and 'The $100,000 Pyramid' and then went on to work for 10 years in the news department of Los Angeles radio outlet KFWB-AM.


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