Former Alice Child star, Philip McKeon, dies at age 55

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Hollywood mourns the loss of a talented actor.

Former child star Philip McKeon He died on Tuesday morning in Texas after fighting a long-standing illness, family spokesman Jeff Ballard shared with People. He was 55 years old.

"We are more than disconsolate and devastated by Phil's death," the family said in a statement. "His wonderful sense of humor, kindness and loyalty will be remembered by all who crossed his path in life."

Pop culture fans will get to know Philip better for his role as Tommy Hyatt in the long-running series Alicia.

According to reports, his fellow actress and co-star Linda Lavin He saw him on stage at an early age and knew he was a gifted and safe child.

After finding success in the sitcom, the actor worked in Los Angeles at KFWBNews 98 in his news department for 10 years before moving to Texas, where he received his own radio station.

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Philip would also ensure roles and appearances in Chips, Fantasy island, Love ship and other projects

All the success in Hollywood took Philip's father by surprise. At the same time, he was more than supportive of his son's career, since he served as a manager.

"If someone had told me 10 years ago, when I was a travel agent in New York, that children would take me to this, I would have laughed." Don McKeon once shared with People. Philip added: "My parents are quite relaxed, but if I said," Friends, I'm going to Las Vegas for a couple of days, "I think they might have something to say about it."

Philip is survived by his sister and Facts of life star Nancy McKeon and his mother Barbara.

Our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time.

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