January 18, 2013 |
NEW YORK - Conrad Bain, 89, a veteran stage and film actor who became a star in middle age as the kindly white adoptive father of two young African American brothers in the sitcom Diff'rent Strokes, died Monday of natural causes in Livermore, Calif., according to his daughter, Jennifer Bain. The show that made him famous debuted on NBC in 1978, an era when TV comedies tackled relevant social issues. Diff'rent Strokes touched on serious themes but was known better as a family comedy that drew most of its laughs from its standout child actor, Gary Coleman.
January 11, 1999 |
Kate Mulgrew, star of UPN's "Star Trek: Voyager," star must have been channeling brainwaves from another network Friday night when she told a group of reporters she wanted to bail out of her series contract. Mulgrew, who stars as Capt. Kathryn Janeway on the troubled network's most successful series, told writers gathered at a Pasadena, Calif., promotional party that she was tired of 80-hour work weeks. She told them she wants to devote more time to her teen children, and to her fiance Tim Hagan, a county commissioner in Cleveland.
August 3, 1998 |
He's small, but he's cranky. "Diff'rent Strokes" star Gary Coleman was arrested Friday, charged with punching a Los Angeles woman who made the mistake of asking for his autograph. Here, perhaps, are the extenuating circumstances: The woman encountered the 30-year-old Coleman in a shop and asked for, and received, his signature. Then she asked him to personalize it, according to reports, and Coleman became mad and tore it up. And then she said something to this effect: Maybe your bad attitude is the reason you haven't gotten any acting jobs since 1986.
May 17, 1991 |
BRIDGES TAKING STRAIGHT ROAD For eight years, American viewers watched Todd Bridges, one of the stars of Diff'rent Strokes, grow up; after the show ended, the life of the 25-year-old actor seemed to fall into disarray. Bridges suffered a series of arrests that included everything from carrying a concealed weapon to the attempted murder of a crack dealer. He also suffered a drug problem. But things have turned around, and now, after experiencing a drug-free 18 months, Bridges will be in Philadelphia, speaking to children at Barratt Middle School today and participating in a conference tomorrow at Children's Hospital.
August 29, 1990 |
COULD THEY BE THE 'MARRYING' KIND? Could this be real love? Those in the know whisper that the romance between Kim Basinger and Alec Baldwin is moving ahead quite nicely, thank you. Even as we speak, there is talk of the cohabitation that is taking place at Kimmy's San Fernando Valley home. The duo co-starred in Disney's upcoming "The Marrying Man," in which Basinger plays a lounge singer. It has been said her performance "blows away" Michelle Pfeiffer's singing in "The Fabulous Baker Boys.
February 14, 1989 |
Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker are clearly delighted at becoming grandparents, which they did Saturday when daughter Tammy Sue gave birth to a 6-pound, 10- ounce son. But the grandmother isn't taking too kindly to her new designation. "Grandma - isn't that awful?" Tammy said. "I think I'll look for a new name - something like Ta Ta or Auntie Tammy. " James Martin Chapman was born at Piedmont Regional Hospital in Rock Hill, S.C., after putting his 18-year-old mother through 19 1/2 hours of labor.
June 29, 1988 |
A week after getting out of high school for the summer, a band of Paulsboro teenagers on Monday started painting the town. But unlike graffiti artists or late-night revelers, these kids are doing it for money and with the blessing of borough officials. The eight students, part of the Paulsboro Summer Student Employment Program, will first paint the cyclone fence surrounding the town's waterworks on Lincoln Avenue. That finished, they will repaint the municipality's three water wells and a sewer-system pumping station.
March 28, 1986 |
It's a red-letter day for TV: For the first time since 1978, Diff'rent Strokes is gone from prime time. Its temporary, welcome replacement, Mr. Sunshine, is one of two new ABC sitcoms premiering tonight, and both of them are notably atypical. EVENING HIGHLIGHTS THE TWILIGHT ZONE (8 p.m., Ch. 10) - Three new stories are unveiled tonight, and they demonstrate the wide range of subject matter this series explores. The strangest of all may be "Take My Life . . . Please," which stars Tim Thomerson as a comic whose final stand-up routine will determine whether he goes to heaven or hell.