Diff'rent Strokes Star Conrad Bain Dead at 89

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conrad bain diff'rent strokesConrad Bain, best known for playing Diff’rent Strokes patriarch Philip Drummond, died Monday in Livermore, CA, The Associated Press confirms. He was 89.

Bain’s passing leaves Todd Bridges as the only surviving member of Diff’rent Strokes core four: Costars Dana Plato and Gary Coleman died respectively in 1999 and 2010.

From 1978 to 1986, Bain starred on Diff’rent Strokes as a wealthy New York businessman who adopted the two sons of his late African-American maid. The show first aired for seven seasons on NBC, and later jumped to ABC for its eighth and final year.

Bain rose to fame playing Arthur Harmon, Rue McClanahan’s conservative doctor husband and a foil for Bea Arthur’s titular character, on the groundbreaking comedy Maude. Prior to that, the actor appeared in Dark Shadows and Woody Allen’s Bananas, as well as a variety of New York theater roles.

News of Bain’s death was first reported by TMZ.



Comments (11)

  • “Bain’s passing leaves Todd Bridges as the only surviving member of Diff’rent Strokes” Charlotte Rae is still alive…

    Comment by Michael Sacal – January 16, 2013 10:15 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • goofs! poor charlotte. show her some respect, writers! ha

      Comment by aw – January 16, 2013 10:18 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • But it says “of the core four,” and Mrs. Garrett was kind of on the periphery.

      Comment by Lauren – January 16, 2013 10:18 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • She was only on the show for a season, then she left to do Facts of Life.

      Comment by kris – January 16, 2013 11:02 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • She was only in 36 out of 179 episodes. As much as she was a big part of the first seasons, that hardly counts as a “core” member of the show.

      Comment by kjess – January 16, 2013 11:06 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • RIP!

    Comment by aw – January 16, 2013 10:16 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Aw this is so sad, I loved Different Strokes. Goodbye, Conrad.

    Comment by Danyelle – January 16, 2013 10:21 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • “Whatchu talkin’ ’bout, Willis?!” RIP, Mr. Bain.

    Comment by JKR – January 16, 2013 10:27 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Pearl is still alive, and she’s doing the voice of Mrs. Puff on Spongebob.

    Comment by Amanda Black – January 16, 2013 11:34 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • OMG I thought you meant Adelaide, she would be over 100 years old now.

    Comment by DJ (@HeyTedBaxter) – January 18, 2013 04:00 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • RIP Conrad.

    Comment by DJ (@HeyTedBaxter) – January 18, 2013 04:01 AM PDT  Reply To This Post

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