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'Diff'rent Strokes' actor Conrad Bain dies

By Gavriella Tjandra,

Conrad Bain, the actor who was famous for playing father figure Philip Drummond on the hit sitcom Diff'rent Strokes, died at the age of 89.

According to TMZ, Bain died Monday night in a retirement home in Livermore, California due to natural causes.

The Canadian-American actor's daughter mourned his death, saying, "He was an amazing person. He was a lot like Mr. Drummond but much more interesting in real life. He was an amazing father."

Co-star Todd Bridges, who played his adopted son in the sitcom, was deeply saddened by Bain's death, and said that Bain would be missed but never forgotten, The Daily Mail reported.

"I am deeply saddened by the sudden passing of Conrad as we were looking forward to celebrating his 90th birthday next month."

Bridges continued, "In addition to being a positive and supportive father figure both on and off-screen, Conrad was well-loved and made going to work each day enjoyable for all of us. He will be missed, but never forgotten."

The hit sitcom Diff'rent Strokes told the story of Bain as the kind, middle-aged father who adopted two African-American brothers and their comedic daily lives. The series made him famous in 1978.

Famed then-child actor Gary Coleman starred as one of the brothers.

 

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