Conrad Bain, Diff'rent Strokes' Mr. Drummond, Dies at 89

One of television's great dads has passed away. Actor Conrad Bain, who played Mr. Philip Drummond on the NBC/ABC comedy Diff'rent Strokes, is dead of natural causes at the age of 89, according to the Associated Press. He died in his hometown of Livermore, California, on Monday night.

Bain is also well-known for his role as the stuffy Arthur Harmon on CBS's Maude. His long career includes appearances on Broadway and roles in Dark Shadows and Woody Allen's Bananas. In 1986, he reprised his role as Philip Drummond on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air in a guest spot. His last role was as a priest on the CBS series Unforgettable.

Bain's passing leaves Todd Bridges as the last living core cast member of Diff'rent Strokes. Dana Plato, who played Kimberly, overdosed on prescription drugs in 1999, and Gary Coleman died in 2010.

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Jan 21, 2013
The late Gary Coleman may have been the main attracttion for "Diff'rent Strokes" but Conrad Bain was far better than any other cast member combined. It was his show and rightfully so. RIP Conrad.
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Jan 17, 2013
Mrs. Garrett is still alive right?
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Jan 17, 2013
Yes she is how? Wonder how old she is now?
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Jan 20, 2013
I was under the assumption She died YEARS ago, but nope. Alive & still kicking things other than buckets at the age of 87, it seems
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Jan 17, 2013
He reprised his role on Fresh Prince in 1996 NOT 1986.
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Jan 17, 2013
Did he die of a stroke? Different Stroke?
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Jan 17, 2013
You mean he wasn't dead already?
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Jan 17, 2013
:( I didn't know he was alive for that long!
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Jan 17, 2013
First thing I thought when I saw the name "Conrad Bain" in this headline was "oh no, poor Mr Drummond," and was sorry to see it confirmed. RIP, and congratulations on being a TV character actor to warm the nation's sets for years. I'll never entirely understand your character's motivations in Diff'rent Strokes because the opening titles are nonsense (he just pulls over and picks up 2 kids and takes them to a limo, drives him to his high-rise), but as a TV dad in general you were alright.
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Jan 17, 2013
RIP, Mr. Bain.
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Jan 16, 2013
He outlived 2 of his 3 "children".
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Jan 17, 2013
Sad their causes was drugs.
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Jan 16, 2013
I thought he'd died a while ago, but I must've been thinking about the guy from A-Team.

Anyway, I just started watching Diff'rent Strokes a couple years ago, and he was great in it. They all were. I'm just glad he lived a long live and I hope it was a happy one.
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