Philip McKeon, who was best known for playing Tommy Hyatt in Alice, in the early 80s, has died aged 55.

The actor died in Texas after a long battle with illness.

McKeon’s spokesperson Jeff Ballard told people “We are all beyond heartbroken and devastated over Phil’s passing.”

“His wonderful sense of humour, kindness and loyalty will be remembered by all who crossed his path in life.”

McKeon starred in Alice from 1976 to 1985 alongside Linda Lavin. The show won eight Golden Globes, and was based on Martin Scorsese’s Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore.