Actor Conrad Bain Dead At 89
Posted by Ivetta Babadjanian on Jan 16, 2013 - 3:26:04 PM
LIVERMORE, CA—Actor Conrad Bain from the sitcom "Diff'rent Strokes" died of natural causes on Monday, January 13 in his hometown of Livermore, according to his daughter, Jennifer Bain. He was 89.
Conrad Bain with actors Todd Bridges and Gary Coleman.
Bain studied at the Banaff School of Fine Arts before he served in the Canadian Army during World War II. He later began studying in New York at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and became a naturalized United States citizen before he graduated in 1948.
Bain's success began in 1956 with the Broadway revival of Eugene O'Neil's "The Iceman Cometh" to which he received positive reviews. His other Broadway performances over the years included "Candide," "Advice and Consent," "An Enemy of the People," "Uncle Vanya" and "On Borrowed Time."
In the early 1970s, Bain appeared in the films "Lovers and Other Strangers" and Woody Allen's "Bananas" before he achieved national recognition for his work on television.
After a recurring role on the daytime vampire drama "Dark Shadows" as an innkeeper, Bain delved into prime-time comedy with a supporting role on Normal Lear's "All in the Family" spin-off, "Maude."
The CBS show ran for six years until 1978 which was the same year he landed the role of Phillip Drummond in "Diff'rent Strokes" as a New York industrialists who adopts two orphans from Harlem. The show ran until 1986, with its final year airing on ABC. He reprised his role as Phillip Drummond in 1979 on "The Facts of Life" and again on the series finale of "Fresh Prince of Bel Air."
In 1945, he married an artist, Monica Sloan, and together they had three children. She died in 2009.
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