Todd Bridges was born on May 27, 1965, in San Francisco, California. He began acting at the age of 10 in multiple TV series but in 1977, he landed a recurring role as Josh Foster on The Waltons. In 1978, he began playing Willis Jackson on Diff'rent Strokes where he remained until 1986. In 1997, he played Trevor in L.A. Heat and Dr. Glick in The Girl Gets Moe. He played Peter in Alien Express as well as Henry Nails in Treasure n tha Hood in 2005. From 2007-2009, he played Monk on the popular Nickelodeon series, Everybody Hates Chris. His role on Diff'rent Strokes remains still his largest role in which he made his name and gained fame. He wrote a book based on his struggles with his drug addiction and criminal charges he faced when trying to establish an independent identity outside of his childhood character Willis. The book was named "Killing Willis" and was published in 2010.