‘Diff’rent Strokes’ Star Conrad Bain Dead At 89

Wed, January 16, 2013 12:35pm EST by 3 Comments
Conrad Bain Dead
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So sad. Conrad Bain, who played the father on ‘Diff’rent Strokes,’ died on Jan. 14 surrounded by his family in Livermore, CA.

Diff’rent Strokes and Maude star Conrad Bain died on Jan. 14. Further details about Conrad’s death have reportedly not yet been determined.

“He was an amazing person. He was a lot like Mr. Drummond, but much more interesting in real life. He was an amazing father,” Conrad’s daughter Jennifer told TMZ, comparing her father to his Diff’rent Strokes character Philip Drummond.

Conrad starred opposite Gary Coleman and Todd Bridges on the iconic 80s series, which made “What’chu talkin‘ ‘boutWillis?” a household phrase.

The actor, who would have turned 90 on Feb. 4, last made his mark in television on the series Unforgettable — he starred in one episode in 2011. Before that, it was an appearance on an episode of The French Prince of Bel-Air in 1996.

Conrad is survived by his three sons, one daughter and his twin brother Bonar Bain.

Conrad’s Diff’rent Strokes costar Gary passed away on May 28, 2010 at 42. Todd is currently a comedic commentator on the television series TruTV Presents: World’s Dumbest…, which airs on truTV.

Our thoughts are with Conrad’s friends and family at this difficult time.

What do YOU think, HollywoodLifers?

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Posted at 3:34 PM on January 16, 2013  

RIP! Loved you always. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

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Posted at 3:10 PM on January 16, 2013  

Sooo sad, I really enjoyed watching him on Different Strokes…May his gentle soul rest in peace. Amen

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Pamela L. Duffield Dolen

Posted at 12:42 PM on January 16, 2013  

My sincere sympathy to his family!! He was a truly great actor!

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