“Diff’rent Strokes” Dad Conrad Bain Passes At 89


Conrad Bain was best known for playing the millionaire who adopted two African American boys on the TV comedy “Diff’rent Strokes.” The NBC hit began in 1978 and ended its run on ABC in 1986. Bain’s character, Phillip Drummond was TV father to the young Gary Coleman.

Before landing “Diff’rent Strokes,” Bain appeared in films such as “Lovers and Other Strangers” and Woody Allen’s “Bananas.” In addition to his DS fame, he portrayed Dr. Arthur Harmon in “Maude” with Bea Arthur. For those who watched “Fresh Prince of Bel Air,” Bain repised his role of Phillip Drummond in the series finale.

Bain died of natural causes in his hometown of Livermore. 

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