Actor Conrad Bain, who played Phillip Drummond in the TV show ‘Diff’rent Strokes’ has died at the age of 89. His co-star Janet Jackson has commented.
“I’m saddened to learn of Conrad Bain’s passing. He was a joyful n pleasant man to work with. My heart goes out to his family and friends,” she tweeted.
Bain’s family said the star died from natural causes. He was three weeks away from his 90th birthday.
Bain went into ‘Diff’rent Strokes’ after playing Dr Arthur Harmon in ‘Maude’.
‘Diff’rent Strokes was one of America’s biggest ever sitcoms airing from 1978 to 1985.
Bain played Drummond, a Park Avenue millionaire who adopted two African American children, played by Gary Coleman and Todd Bridges.
Coleman’s character Arnold’s catchphrase “What’chu talkin’ ‘bout Willis” became a part of American pop-culture.
Janet Jackson joined the cast in the third season as a child star and played the part of Charlene DuPrey in the show from 1980-1984.