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Conrad Bain, the 'Diff'rent Strokes' dad, dies at 89




Conrad Bain, who played the rich but loving dad in TV's Diff'rent Strokes, died Monday at age 89. His daughter, Jennifer Bain, confirmed his death to People magazine; the death was natural causes.

Bain played Philip Drummond from 1978-1986. If you forgot the storyline, you at least should remember the theme song lyrics:

Now, the world don't move to the beat of just one drum,
What might be right for you, may not be right for some.
A man is born, he's a man of means.
Then along come two, they got nothing but their jeans.
But they got, Diff'rent Strokes.
It takes, Diff'rent Strokes.
It takes, Diff'rent Strokes to move the world.


According to his daughter, Bain was very much like his "man of means" character, who adopted two black youths played by Todd Bridges and the late Gary Coleman.

"My father really was a lot like his character in Diff'rent Strokes," said his daughter. "He had that warmth and stability. He also was a very intellectual person."

"Dad was proud of his work on that show," she said. "And the problems the kids had in their lives later affected him. He felt terrible about it." 

Before landing his signature role in Diff'rent Strokes (a character that incidentally was created earlier for the TV series Hello Larry), Bain frequently appeared as a guest star on The Love Boat and was a regular on TV series such as Maude and Dark Shadows. When Diff'rent Strokes ended, he starred on TV's Mr. President and reprised his Mr. Drummond role again for The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.

[Last modified: Wednesday, January 16, 2013 3:44pm]


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