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Conrad Bain Of ‘Diff’rent Strokes’ Dies At 89

Submitted by on January 17, 2013 – 1:00 pm Comments

Conrad Bain Diff’rent StrokesFor those of you who love the popular 80’s sitcom Diff’rent Strokes and for those of you who have grown up watching it, the news that Conrad Bain who used to essay the role of Philip Drummond on the show is no more, might come as shock. He was 89, so one could safely say that he lived a full life. His daughter, Jennifer Bain, confirmed his death and was quoted as saying “He’d been unconscious for a couple of days, but he was comfortable and it was very peaceful”. “I was able to be with him very close to the end [and] able to put my ear to his heart and sing him songs” she further added.

Conrad passed away in his hometown of Livemore California. Although he is best remembered for his role in Diff’rent Strokes, Conrad even before the show had a long acting career. He began his career with Broadway and then transitioned to Television. Many would in fact also remember him from Norman Lear’s liberally-sliced comedy series Maude (1972), a spin-off of his landmark All in the Family (1971). Conrad played Rue McClanahan’s stuffy, conservative doctor/husband, Arthur Harmon, who usually was at political odds with the free-wheeling feminist Maude. The role moved him into the top comedic character ranks.

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 It was his successful stint in Maude that led to him being chosen to play Philip Drummond on Diff’rent Strokes. “My father really was a Conrad Bain deadlot like his character in Diff’rent Strokes” Bain’s daughter was quoted as saying, while comparing Conrad to his onscreen character. “He had that warmth and stability. He also was a very intellectual person” she added, while drawing comparisons.

She then went on to reveal how Conrad was attached to his onscreen family from Diff’rent Strokes and it pained him to see the kids in trouble, in their later life.  ”Dad was proud of his work on that show. And the problems the kids had in their lives later affected him. He felt terrible about it” she was basically quoted as saying. His daughter also mentioned that Conrad had a really kind heart and was in fact an “open hearted man”. Besides his daughter Conrad is survived by three sons and by a twin brother Bonar Bain. The mother of his children and his wife Monica, passed away in 2009.

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