Diff'rent Strokes Star Conrad Bain Dead at 89

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.

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

  2. Danyelle says:

    Aw this is so sad, I loved Different Strokes. Goodbye, Conrad.

  3. JKR says:

    “Whatchu talkin’ ’bout, Willis?!” RIP, Mr. Bain.

  4. Amanda Black says:

    Pearl is still alive, and she’s doing the voice of Mrs. Puff on Spongebob.

  5. OMG I thought you meant Adelaide, she would be over 100 years old now.