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Conrad Bain dies at 89; played father on 'Diff'rent Strokes'
Conrad Bain dies at 89; played father on 'Diff'rent Strokes'

While portraying the white millionaire father on the hit TV sitcom "Diff'rent Strokes," Conrad Bain was often asked whether he enjoyed working alongside such scene-stealing young co-stars as Gary Coleman, who precociously played one of his two adopted black sons. A father of three in real life, Bain would invariably reply, "I love kids, I loved raising children" and only gently admit that perhaps some patience had been required. At 49, he had been plucked from the New York stage by producer Norman Lear to play an uptight neighbor on the 1970s sitcom "Maude." Broader fame came Bain's way as Philip Drummond on "Diff'rent Strokes,"...

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