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Posted 2 years ago

By Jason Wentworth

NEW YORK (AP) – Even though he played the father in “Diff’rent Strokes,” Conrad Bain never was a father figure to Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges and Dana Plato.

As Bain told AP Radio in 1991, “they had parents of their own.” Coleman, Bridges and Plato later became infamous for their personal problems. Bridges and Plato each had arrest records and drug problems. Plato OD’d in 1999. Coleman had financial and legal troubles. He died in 2010. Bain blamed the business. He said “it would take an unusual circumstance for any child to survive unscathed.”

Before “Diff’rent Strokes,” Bain played Bea Arthur’s neighbor in “Maude.” Bain has now died. He was 89.