Conrad Bain: Diff’rent Strokes Star

May 28, 2010

Following the death of Gary Coleman, Conrad Bain, Diff’rent Strokes star remembers the late actor. Also, find out more on what others are saying of his passing. See photos and a video right here.

Diffrent Strokes Star

Even though the Diff’rent Strokes star had not spoken to Gary Coleman in years, his sitcom son was in his thoughts and prayers.

As a biography, Conrad Stafford Bain was born in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada on February 4, 1923 so his age is 87. He is most-known for his role as Phil Drummond on the hit series Diff’rent Strokes. He has a twin brother who’s name is Bonar. While in high school, he decided to pursue a career in acting. Following his graduation, he studied at Alberta’s Banff School of Fine Arts. During World War II, Bain enlisted into the Canadian Army. After his time in the military, he returned to New York’s American Academy of Dramatic Arts. In 1945, he married his wife, Monica Sloane and became a United States citizen. Together, the couple had three children. His acting career involves roles in television, films, and even Broadway. He has appeared in the following: (Broadway) Dear Ruth, Jack and the Beanstalk, The Barretts of Wimpole Street, The Iceman Cometh, Sixth Finger in a Five Finger Glove, A Winter’s Tale, Much Ado About Nothing, Henry IV, Part I, Candide, Advise and Consent, An Enemy of the People, Twigs, Uncle Vanya, The Owl and the Pussycat, On Golden Pond, The Dining Room, and Borrowed Time. (Television) Dark Shadows, The Edge of Night, Maude, Diff’rent Strokes, Mr. President, and Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. (Film) Coogan’s Bluff, I Never Sang for My Father, Bananas, The Anderson Tapes, Up the Sandbox, and Postcards from the Edge.

Despite his Gary’s unfortunate passing, his sitcom father, Conrad Bain said he was “hoping and praying for his recovery.” As the news of Coleman’s death became public, several celebrities who knew the actor offered their condolences via their Twitter pages:

Actor Omar Epps tweeted, “RIP Gary Coleman You’re forever a part of my childhood! Godspeed!”

Singer Paula Abdul took to her Twitter account tweeting, “I am so sorry to hear the sad news about Gary Coleman. my heartfelt condolences go out to his entire family.”

Dollhouse star proclaimed, “Bless & rest his soul.”

Friend and co-star from The Gary Coleman Show, Jerry Houser expressed, “I worked with Gary around 1982 when we did the animated series The Gary Coleman Show together. He was 14 at the time and at the height of his success with Diff’rent Strokes. I know over the last number of years he’s had a tough go of it, but I have nothing but good things to say about my time with him. He was a bright, cool, and extremely talented kid. After all is said and done, Gary gave a lot of people the chance to laugh and feel good. That’s a wonderful legacy to leave behind. He’ll no doubt be missed.”

Coleman, who was most-known for his signature phrase, “What’choo talkin’ ’bout Willis?” will be remembered for his success as a child star. Throughout the years, Gary had various issues in his personal life including his marriage, finances, legal trouble, and his health. However, the family stated that the Diff’rent Strokes star “had no regrets about his entertainment career”. He enjoyed his entertainment career and cherished his fans.

Such a tough time for not only Conrad Bain, Diff’rent Strokes star and sitcom father, and the entire television series cast, along with everyone who he has ever worked with, his wife, family and friends, and most importantly, his fans. May God be with you. You may leave your thoughts in the comment box and see pictures and a video below.

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