Conrad Bain of 'Diff'rent Strokes' dies at age 89
Conrad Bain, who played Phillip Drummond on the comedy series "Diff'rent Strokes" in the late 1970s and 1980s, has died at age 89.
Bain's daughter told The Associated Press that the actor died Monday, January 14, of natural causes in his hometown of Livermore, California.
The actor starred on the NBC sitcom from 1978 until 1986 as a wealthy Park Avenue businessman and widower who adopts two African-American children. The last two seasons of the series aired on ABC. The actor is also known for his role as the conservative Dr. Arthur Harmon on the comedy series "Maude."
Bain also had roles in films, including "A Lovely Way to Die," ''Coogan's Bluff," ''The Anderson Tapes," ''I Never Sang for My Father" and Woody Allen's "Bananas."
He married Monica Sloan, an artist, in 1945. Sloan died in 2009. He is survived by three children: Jennifer, Kent and Mark.
Bain's "Diff'rent Strokes" co-stars Gary Coleman and Dana Plato suffered personal tragedies and died at young ages. Gary Coleman, who played Drummond's adopted son Arnold Jackson, died at the age of 42 on May 28, 2010, after falling down the stairs at his home and hitting his head. Coleman struggled with an autoimmune kidney disease and underwent two kidney transplants early on in life. He also struggled with legal and financial woes throughout his life.
Dana Plato, who played Drummond's daughter Kimberly in the series, died in May 1999 at age 34 of an overdose.
Todd Bridges, who starred on the sitcom as Arnold's brother and Drummond's adopted son Willis Jackson, also struggled with an addiction to crack cocaine. He was also arrested for the attempted murder of a Los Angeles drug dealer, but was later acquitted. Bridges recently appeared in the Adam Sandler comedy "That's My Boy."