Conrad Bain, best known as Mr Drummond from Diff’rent Strokes, died of natural causes, aged 89, in his hometown of Livermore California, on Monday.
Bain’s daughter, Jennifer, told tmz.com, “He was an amazing person. He was a lot like Mr. Drummond, but much more interesting in real life. He was an amazing father.”
Before Diff’rent Strokes Bain starred in many Broadway shows, as well as the popular 70s sitcom, starring Golden Girl Bea Arthur, Maud. But it was Diff’rent Strokes that made him a household name.
Diff’rent Strokes was a popular sitcom that ran from 1978 – 1986. Set in Manhattan, it focused on the life of wealthy widower, Mr Drummond’s, blended family – biological daughter Kimberly (Dana Plato ) and his adopted, African-American, sons Arnold (Gary Coleman) and Willis (Todd Bridges).
The sitcom was just as much about race and class relations as it was about the everyday trials and tribulations that come with growing up.
When Diff’rent Strokes ended, Bain went on to star in another show Mr President, before taking a step back from the acting scene.
In 1996 he resurrected the role of Mr Drummond when he and Diff’rent Strokes co-star Gary Coleman, guest starred on Will Smith’s The Fresh Prince of Bel Air.
Bain’s last ever role was in 2011, guesting as a priest on Unforgettable.
Thanks for the entertainment Conrad Bain! RIP.