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Gary Coleman

Gary Wayne Coleman (February 8, 1968 – May 28, 2010) was an American actor, known for his childhood role as Arnold Jackson in the American sitcom Diff'rent Strokes (1978–1986) and for his small stature as an adult. He was described in the 1980s as "one of television's most promising stars". After a successful childhood acting career, Coleman struggled financially later in life. In 1989, he successfully sued his parents and business advisor over misappropriation of his assets, only to declare bankruptcy a decade later. Coleman was born in Zion, Illinois, outside Chicago. He was adopted by Edmonia Sue and W.G. Coleman, a nurse practitioner and fork-lift operator, respectively. He suffered from focal segmental glomerulosclerosis, an autoimmune kidney disease. Because of his chronic illness, combined with the corticosteroids and other medications used to treat it, his growth was limited to 4 ft 7 in (1.40 m), and his face retained a childlike appearance well into adulthood. He underwent two unsuccessful kidney transplants in 1973 and 1984, and required daily dialysis. Coleman's career began in 1974 when he appeared in a commercial for Harris Bank. His line, after the announcer says

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Gary Coleman's Death Probe -- Case Closed

No one murdered Gary Coleman ... this according to investigators who finally closed the case into the actor's untimely demise.  The decision to shut down the investigation comes just… READ MORE >

Gary Coleman's Ex -- They Better Not Sell Our House

Gary Coleman's Ex -- They Better Not Sell Our House

Gary Coleman's ex-wife Shannon Price is upset that Gary's estate is trying to sell the house they lived in together -- and according to Price's rep, they'll "do everything possible to fight this… READ MORE >

- 1479 days ago
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TMZ Live: Kobayashi, Giuliani, and Roger Huerta

We took your questions on everything -- including Takeru Kobayashi getting wiener victory in court, Rudy Giuliani's daughter getting caught shoplifting, and Gary Coleman's ex-wife desperately… READ MORE >

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Estate Wants to Unload Gary Coleman's House

Estate Wants to Unload Gary Coleman's House

The administrator of Gary Coleman's estate wants to put Gary's Santaquin, UT home up for sale -- but first he says it needs a major fix-up. Robert Jeffs -- court-appointed Special Administrator of… READ MORE >

- 1480 days ago
Todd Bridges Attends Gary Coleman Memorial

Todd Bridges
Attends Gary Coleman Memorial

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- 1503 days ago
Gary Coleman's Penis Caught in Legal Pinch

Gary Coleman's Penis Caught in Legal Pinch

Video of Gary Coleman's long dong silver is swinging across the Internet -- and the guy in charge of the footage wants it removed ASAP... threatening a $10,000,000 lawsuit if it doesn't disappear… READ MORE >

- 1520 days ago
Gary Coleman Cremated

Gary Coleman Cremated

Gary Coleman was cremated Thursday night and his ashes were locked away until a court decides what to do with them. The administrator of his estate, Robert Jeffs, released a statement saying, "The… READ MORE >

- 1528 days ago
Gary Coleman's Ex -- Unwanted at Private Memorial

Gary Coleman's Ex
Unwanted at Private Memorial

Gary Coleman's closest friends are arranging a private memorial for the actor -- but TMZ has learned Gary's ex-wife and his parents will not be invited. TMZ spoke with Kent Emmons and Anna Gray --… READ MORE >

- 1528 days ago
Gary Coleman's Ex Gets Shady in Court

Gary Coleman's Ex Gets Shady in Court

Wearing Chanel sunglasses, Gary Coleman's ex-wife Shannon Price showed up to court in Utah on Monday to file documents in which Gary indicated that he wanted to be kept on life support "as long as… READ MORE >

- 1531 days ago
Gary Coleman 911 -- 'Yeah, He's Suicidal'

Gary Coleman 911
'Yeah, He's Suicidal'

Gary Coleman's ex-wife told police he was "suicidal" and acting crazy during a 911 call she made 4 months before she was -- in her words -- "forced" to pull the plug on Gary. During the call, made… READ MORE >

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