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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 -- Don't Pull the Plug on Me!

Gary Coleman
Don't Pull the Plug on Me!

TMZ has obtained legal documents signed by Gary Coleman in 2006 in which the actor specifically directed that he did not want anyone to pull the plug on him ... if he was ever in that situation.… READ MORE >

TMZ Live: Murray, The Jacksons, and Coleman

TMZ Live: Murray, The Jacksons, and Coleman

Today on TMZ Live, we took your questions on everything -- including Dr. Conrad Murray's pre-trial hearing, Gary Coleman's death certificate, and Joe Jackson blaming Katherine for MJ's death.Plus:… READ MORE >

- 1656 days ago
Gary Coleman Death Certificate -- Still Married

Gary Coleman
Death Certificate -- Still Married

Gary Coleman's death certificate was just released -- and it gives his marital status as "married."The doc lists the cause of death as "closed head injury," complicated by "chronic renal… READ MORE >

- 1656 days ago
Gary Coleman: It Was 'True Love' with Ex-Wife

Gary Coleman: It Was 'True Love' with Ex-Wife

Though Gary Coleman and his then-wife split around the time this video was shot, he couldn't stop gushing over her -- and said they had "true" and "unconditional" love.In this clip from a… READ MORE >

- 1657 days ago
Gary Coleman -- Used Car Salesman

Gary Coleman -- Used Car Salesman

Gary Coleman may have been a great actor as a child -- but he sure grew up to be one lousy used car salesman.In another clip from a pilot Gary shot in 2008 -- which never aired -- Gary's life… READ MORE >

- 1658 days ago
Gary Coleman -- Little Pet Shop of Horrors

Gary Coleman -- Little Pet Shop of Horrors

Gary Coleman was clear -- he didn't like animals -- so imagine his dismay when he was forced to work at a pet store and put up with all that crap.Gary took the job as part of a reality show pilot… READ MORE >

- 1659 days ago
Gary Coleman to Wife: All You Care About is Money

Gary Coleman to Wife: All You Care About is Money

Gary Coleman felt Shannon Price was motivated by one thing -- the almighty dollar -- and he said it to her face on video.TMZ has obtained a clip from a pilot shot in 2008 -- around the time Gary… READ MORE >

- 1660 days ago
Train Stores in Line for Gary Coleman's Stuff

Train Stores in Line for Gary Coleman's Stuff

Gary Coleman loved trains almost as much as he loved his wife ... TMZ has learned the former child actor originally planned to leave almost all his worldly possessions to three model train stores… READ MORE >

- 1660 days ago
Shannon Price:  I Was Gary's Common-Law Wife

Shannon Price: I Was Gary's Common-Law Wife

Gary Coleman's ex-wife, Shannon Price, just filed legal docs claiming she wants to be appointed special administrator of Gary's estate ... on grounds she was Gary's common-law wife -- and she's… READ MORE >

- 1660 days ago
Coleman Executor -- Give Back Gary's Truck!

Coleman Executor -- Give Back Gary's Truck!

Gary Coleman's ex-wife has pilfered Gary's truck, video game system, and lots of other stuff ... and now the police are involved ... so says the executor of Gary's estate.Dion Mial tells TMZ… READ MORE >

- 1662 days ago

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