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'Diff'rent Strokes' Star

Conrad Bain Dead at 89

1/16/2013 12:00 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Actor Conrad Bain -- who famously played father figure Phillip Drummond on "Diff'rent Strokes" -- has passed away. He was 89.

Bain family sources tell TMZ, Bain died Monday night at a retirement home in Livermore, CA from natural causes.

We spoke with Bain's daughter Jennifer who tells us, "He was an amazing person. He was a lot like Mr. Drummond, but much more interesting in real life. He was an amazing father."

Bain -- who became a household name starring opposite Gary Coleman and Todd Bridges on the iconic 80s series -- is survived by his three sons and one daughter. He also has a surviving twin brother Bonar Bain.



Bain's daughter says he spent his last few days with his family. Bain would have turned 90 on February 4th.

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Deadpool23    

RIP, he was the first TV dad I remember from my childhood.

561 days ago
17.

Truth    

DAMN, I THOT HE WAS ALREADY DOA. #RIP #TRUTH!!

561 days ago
18.

ABB    

Is the bike shop pedo still alive?

561 days ago
19.

John M.    

I heard he died of a diff'rent STROKE.

561 days ago
20.

mamajj    

Thanks for all the entertainment you gave. RIP

561 days ago
21.

DeeMaree    

Different strokes. Blast from the past. Another example of children ruined by stardom. Not important I guess. Conrad Bain played the dad we all wanted. Refreshing to hear he really was that dad in real life. Condolences to his family.

561 days ago
22.

psoc    

R I P you were a great actor

561 days ago
23.

Twiz    

RIP Mr Drummond. You were the father many wanted but could never have!!!

561 days ago
24.

tleeg    

I honestly though he died a long time ago. I used to looooove Diff'ent Strokes. He was hilarious...RIP

561 days ago
25.

DaveT    

Sad but Conrad kept a sense of humor, didn't take himself too seriously, and lived his life, it's never quite as sad when someone like that passes, people who lived their lives and enjoyed it, RIP

561 days ago
26.

nicolette    

he was famous well before Diff'rent Strokes TMZ! He was Arthur on Maude in the early 70's. Sheesh, great researchers you guys have!

561 days ago
27.

IceGypsy    

He brought us a lot of laughs over the years. My condolences to his family. He was a good man. RIP Mr. Drummond

561 days ago
28.

Justice For Gary    

A sad day for Diff'rent Strokes fans.
R.I.P.
Also please don't forget about Gary:
https://www.facebook.com/JusticeForGaryColeman

561 days ago
29.

Lisa    

Must be that damn Different Strokes curse.

561 days ago
30.

fonzie    

His name is CONRAD, not Mr. Drummond.

561 days ago
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