Skip to comments.‘Diff’rent Strokes’ Dad Conrad Bain Dies at 89
Posted on 01/16/2013 1:06:26 PM PST by lowbridge
Conrad Bain, who starred as Phil Drummond, the rich white businessman who adopts Harlem kids Gary Coleman and Todd Bridges on the popular sitcom Diffrent Strokes, has died, according to the Associated Press. He was 89.
TMZ first reported Wednesday that Bain died Monday night in Livermore, Calif., according to family sources. Other details were not immediately known.
Bain, who played in many stage productions during his long career, also was known for his six-year role as Dr. Arthur Harmon, the blundering next-door neighbor on CBS sitcom Maude.
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R.I.P. As a child I did not like Maude, ( I didn’t know I was a conservative yet) so I just didn’t watch Diff’rent Strokes either.
The Different Strokes curse continues....
And yet Mrs. Garrett survives...
I think she is the only one left from that show that is still alive right?
RIP Mr. Drummond
Wait I take that back..Willis is alive too
Rest in peace, Mr. Bain, and thank you for your service.
Tood Bridges is still kicking.
yes, even through his acting role, he came across clearly as a truly nice guy.
he must have been very disappointed in how “his” kids turned out
and the same is still true in Hollyweird - especially the parents
That show was the peak of race relations — post Jim Crowe laws, pre-LA Riots.
Rich old white men and young black males were living in harmony.
Enjoyed his work. Appreciated they didn't make him a "stupid dad" like so many sitcoms have today. RIP.
Having all his kids (T.V. Kids that is) turn out to be a bunch of criminals and idiot probably killed him.
I believe he had an identical twin brother. Wonder if he’s still alive?
Did he suffer from a Stroke or something?
Well.. he was 89 after all... not sure that applies here.
Saw some episodes a year or two ago, it's interesting to see the change in the portrayal of Republicans since then. It still wasn't greatbut compared to today? ...
Bonar Bain is still alive.
He was better on Maude. Different Strokes was hopelessly lame.
89 is a heck of run. RIP.
BTW, does anyone remember the DS episode where Gordon Jump (maybe best known as “Big Guy” Mr. Carlson on WKRP in Cincinnati) played a pedophile who tried to molest Arnold and another boy? Yikes!
as a kid I LOVED MAUDE! i watched all that stuff... i knew it was a spin off of All in the Family... and Good Times a spin off of Maude... i watched them all... Arthur, Mrs. Naugatuck (spelling), Florida, Vivian... and i think all the boys liked Maude’s daughter Carol (Adrienne Barbeau)...
tried? I thought he succeeded with the other boy.
Arnold and Dudley.
According to his daughter, Bain was extremely supportive kind heated and did feel awful about the problems the kids had in their lives later, but the cause of death was unspecified natural which I guess is any death caused by disease or old age (most likely heart failure).
According to Dana Plato, her parents did a good job of managing her money. She claimed that a accountant stole most of it.
That was one creepy episode.
That might be how the ep went, I honestly can’t remember it’s been so long. Either way, it was really creepy stuff!
I see what you did there!
Nancy Reagan appeared on the show, if I’m not mistaken.
RIP. But I don’t think he was a very good dad—didn’t Arnold, Willis and Kimberly all do time in real life? : |
Ironically, Alex Karras died three months ago.
“Did he suffer from a Stroke or something?”
Yes but not the same one.
Did he suffer from a Stroke or something?
Yes but not the same one.
So you are saying it was a different sorta stroke????
Conrad Bain played the leader of the polygamist clan in Hilldale community when the law went after them in “Child Bride of Short Creek”, a t.v. movie that came out about 20 years ago! There was a handful of young stars in it, who many years later went on to be big stars of t.v. and movies. There was Diane Lane, Chris Atkins, and Helen Hunt! There was also the woman who played the Mom in “E.T.” a long time ago (she played the mom of Diane Lane’s charactor”!
Another unusual place and how for to have featured Conrad Bain once-upon-a-time, was t.v.’s “Dark Shadows”! (old show) He played a small, recurring role as the Innkeeper of Collinsport Inn. (I don’t know if many “Freepers” remember seeing him in that!) He got killed by a werewolf sometime in 2ond or 3rd season! He must’ve been in his mid-late 40s when he was in it!
I liked to watch Maude until one episode Maude thought she was pregnant (I thought she was too old myself for this situation) and her daughter told her that she could have an abortion, that it was okay. Turned me off. I feel like that show and All In The Family were shows that were trying to influence the culture to the left.
yeah—i remember that episode... i was probably 10-years old... i came from a more liberal family... i am the “way” youngest of seven kids, always surrounded by grown-ups while i was growing up... plus i was very observant, bright... always wanting to know everything... so my mind “grew up” sooner than it should have... but just my mind... though my family was liberal, my parents were on the strict side...
RIP. He was a man of means.
I’ve been expecting him to die soon.
Howard Stern will burn in hell for driving Dana Plato to suicide.
>>>BTW, does anyone remember the DS episode where Gordon Jump (maybe best known as Big Guy Mr. Carlson on WKRP in Cincinnati) played a pedophile who tried to molest Arnold and another boy? Yikes!<<<
Of course. That might be the best, (by best, I mean, cheesiest, of course) “very special episode” of a sitcom ever, though the “Too Close for Comfort” “very special episode” where Monroe was raped by a couple of women gives it a run for the money.
I believe that the future Maytag Repairman did molest Dudley, but Arnold got away.
Todd Bridges says that Conrad Bain was a father figure for him in real life as well: http://todayentertainment.today.com/_news/2013/01/17/16563081-todd-bridges-on-conrad-bain-he-treated-me-better-than-my-own-father?lite
It’s sad that the parents of the child stars on the show were apparently pretty rotten people (in the case of Gary Coleman’s, they stole his earnings). Conrad Bain didn’t really owe them anything, he was just a co-star (think of them all as co-workers at a company), but it was nice that he reached out. That Todd Bridges holds him in higher esteem than his own father is quite telling. At least Todd was able to get his life together.
I noticed the same thing of Charlotte Rae (Mrs. Garrett) that she kept a close watch out for the young actresses on her show, and none of them met with scandal or tragedy. One wonders if Dana Plato had gone over with her to “Facts”, if she might’ve made a difference in her life.
Clifton James finds your attitude disturbing.
“One wonders if Dana Plato had gone over with her to Facts, if she mightve made a difference in her life.”
Remember the final season of Facts of Life, in which Mrs. Garrett had closed down Edna’s Edibles and opened a weird store named “Over Our Heads”? The employees were the four girls (whose characters were in their mid-20s, yet still hung out with their old den mother instead of becoming professionals), some 14-year-old kid and a guy in his late 20s or early 30s who had no business working in some rinky-dink shop. That actor, probably the only adult male ever to be a credited regular on Facts of Life, was none other than George Clooney.
You’re remembering the 7th season (1985-86) when there was a fire at Edna’s Edibles. She didn’t want to rebuild, so hence that tacky ‘80s kitsch store the girls opened (with some of the old customers wandering into the place wanting to know what happened to their favorite pastries Mrs. Garrett made). That was the last season Charlotte Rae participated in, before she remarried. Did you ever notice her character grew more serious and intelligent from the earlier seasons when she played it more flighty and scatterbrained ?
I’ll admit Clooney’s participation in that season was a bit bizarre (this was after he had been on a spinoff of “The Jeffersons”, an Elliott Gould vehicle sitcom set in a Chicago hospital called, “E.R.”, and before he showed up on “Roseanne”). However, he was not the first credited male on the show, that going to John Lawlor as Headmaster Bradley in the first season (when they had too many castmembers and ended up canning him, that lady teacher and four of the girls — kinda disappointing to me at that time since I liked the first season, even though I was just 5 back in ‘79). Lawlor played Cloris Leachman’s coworker at San Francisco City Hall on “Phyllis.” And, of course, Leachman would take over from Charlotte Rae for the last two seasons of “Facts.”
I found it curious two tie-ins on the show for me. The lead character being Edna G., which was my long-deceased grandmother’s first name and last initial. The second that the show was set in Peekskill, New York, where my mother’s friend lives and to whom we’ve visited and stayed with several times. How they happened to just pick the place, I have no idea. To my knowledge, there’s no such school there. The ivy-covered school in the opening shot is in Los Angeles.
I had completely forgotten about those post-Mrs. Garrett seasons with Cloris Leachman (who died her hair purple or something, right?) as Edna’s sister. And I didn’t know that the headmaster was credited in the first season (back when Molly Ringwald was a regular and Kim Fields wore rolle skates in every episode).
As for why they picked Peekskill, I have no idea. It would have been interesting had they had an episode in which the town’s young mayor, George Pataki, visited the school.
Watching the opening credits on you tube, Mackenzie Astin was also a credited male on Facts of Life (what a little boy was doing there I don’t know). I’ve seen very little of that show, unlike Diff’rent Stokes.
That’s sweet how Bain was there for Bridges.
As Mac and I are about the same age, I kinda envied him. Of course, I’d have rather hung out around the ones from the first season when I was a young teen (dodging Mr. Bradley & Mrs. G.). :-P