Pat Bilon - Illness and Death

Illness and Death

Bilon died suddenly on January 27, 1983, of complications from a bout of pneumonia. Shortly after his death, Fred Skidmore, a spokesman for Universal Studios, confirmed that Bilon played the alien in E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial throughout most of the film. "Pat did do the majority of the movie", Skidmore said. "He was also E.T. when E.T. appeared at the Hollywood Bowl last summer". The spokesman added: "Anybody that was ever around Pat Bilon for more than 10 minutes was a friend. He was one of our favorite people around here". Steven Spielberg, producer-director of the film, also commented on Bilon's death. "Pat Bilon was more than just E.T.'s biggest helper", he said. "He was a good friend and we will miss him with all our hearts".

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