Conrad Bain, the actor who played Mr. Drummond on the sitcom “Diff’rent Strokes,” has died at the age of 89.
Bain passed away of natural causes Monday night in Livermore, California.
The actor’s daughter Jennifer said, “He was an amazing person. He was a lot like Mr. Drummond, but much more interesting in real life. He was an amazing father.”
Conrad Bain’s death leaves only one surviving member from his “Diff’rent Strokes” television family.
Dana Plato, who played his daughter Kimberly, passed away of a drug overdose in 1999. Gary Coleman, who starred as Arnold Jackson, died in 2010 after falling down a flight of stairs at his home. Todd Bridges, who played his adopted son Willis Jackson, is the only living actor from the popular show.
Bridges spoke of Bain’s passing, saying, “I am deeply saddened by the sudden passing of Conrad as we were looking forward to celebrating his 90th birthday next month. 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.”
Conrad Bain first started his career on Broadway with roles in “The Iceman Cometh”, before going on to star in movies such as Woody Allen’s “Bananas,” and on the sitcom “Maude.”
“Diff’rent Strokes” debuted in 1978 as a family comedy centering around the adorable child star, Gary Coleman.
Bain played wealthy Manhattan widower Philip Drummond, who promised his dying housekeeper he would raise her sons.
The series lasted six seasons on NBC and two on ABC.
Bain is preceeded in death by his wife Monica Sloan in 2009. He is survived by three children – Jennifer, Kent and Mark.
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