Conrad Bain, Mr. Drummond of Diff'rent Strokes
In addition to his roles on Diff'rent Strokes and Maude, Bain appeared in several other series, as well as feature films.
Conrad Bain, an actor best known for the long-running television comedy Diff'rent Strokes, died January 14, 2013, in Livermore, California. He was 89.
According to news reports, he died of natural causes.
On Diff'rent Strokes, which aired on NBC from 1979-1986, Bain starred as Philip Drummond, the single father of three young children, played by Dana Plato, Todd Bridges and Gary Coleman.
Prior to Diff'rent Strokes, he co-starred on Maude, the popular comedy starring Beatrice Arthur. He played Arthur Harmon, husband of Lillian, played by Rue McClanahan.
Bain, a native of Alberta, Canada, began performing in high school. Following service in the Canadian Army during World War II, he moved to New York, where he studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.
He began his career as a stage performer and appeared in productions on Broadway and Off Broadway, and worked extensively in repertory theater before breaking into television and film.
In addition to Maude and Diff'rent Strokes, his other TV credits included Studio One in Hollywood, The Defenders, NYPD, Dark Shadows, Hello, Larry, The Love Boat, The Fresh Prince of Bel Air and Mr. President. Most recently, he appeared in a 2011 episode of the CBS drama Unforgettable.
He also had roles in a number of feature films during the 1970s and ’80s, including Coogan’s Bluff, Madigan, Lovers and Other Strangers, I Never Sang for My Father, Bananas, The Anderson Tapes, Up the Sandbox, as well as Postcards from the Edge in 1990.
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