Conrad Bain, star of the 1980s comedy Diff’rent Strokes, has died at the age of 89. The Canadian actor died of natural causes.
Those who grew up in the 1980s know Bain as Phillip Drummond, father of Kimberly and adoptive father of African-American brothers Willis and Arnold Jackson. Diff’rent Strokes was one of the most successful comedies of the decade and also had a spin-off in The Facts of Life. Bain’s Drummond wasn’t the focal point of the show, but he helped steer the Jackson boys through their strange new life.
One of the saddest things about Diff’rent Strokes is that Bain was predeceased by two of his young costars, Dana Plato and Gary Coleman. Even Todd Bridges, who is still alive, has had several run-ins with the law and troubles with addiction. Bridges says he is now clean and credits Bain with helping him find his way.
Bain also had roles in the gothic soap opera Dark Shadows and the 1970s comedy Maude. In his later years he worked in the theater and as a screenwriter.
What is your favorite memory of Conrad Bain?