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Todd Bridges, who is 45 years old as of December 2010 , played Willis Jackson on 'Diff'rent Strokes' (as in 'What'chu talkin' 'bout, Willis?') alongside the late Gary Coleman. The show ran from 1978 to 1986. Before Bridges starred in shows such as 'The Facts of Lofe,' 'The Love Boat' and 'The Waltons.
' In the late 1980s, Bridges was arrested for attempted murder of a drug dealer and was acquitted. Years later, he spent time in rehab after pleading guilty to drug possession. He has spoken out about his addiction and substance abuse and of his trauma of being molested by his publicist as a pre-teen and has written about the issues in his autobiography, 'Killing Willis.'
In recent years, he played Monk on the sitcom 'Everybody Hates Chris.' (Pictured: Conrad Bain, Todd Bridges (top) and Gary Coleman (bottom) appear in a 1980 promotional photo for the sitcom 'Diff'rent Strokes.' / Todd Bridges in a scene from 'Everybody Hates Chris.')( Photo / Gene Trindl / NBC / Chris Rock Entertainment / Paramount / CBS)