A sad end to a life that had it’s share of ups and downs:
Gary Coleman, the actor who as a child star of the television comedy “Diff’rent Strokes” made “What’choo talkin ’bout, Willis?” a catchphrase of the 1980s, has died. He was 42.
The death was reported by CBS News, citing the Utah Valley Regional Medical Center in Provo, where Mr. Coleman had been hospitalized after an injury.
A diminutive actor who stood at 4 feet eight inches, Mr. Coleman became a star at age 10 for his role on “Diff’rent Strokes.” The show, which had its debut in 1978, cast him as Arnold Jackson, the younger of two children adopted by the millionaire Philip Drummond (played by Conrad Bain). The show ran for eight years on NBC and ABC.
After the show went off the air, and Coleman grew up, the stardom and his acting career to an end. There were financial problems, including a lawsuit against his parents who he accused of mis-manging the money he had earned while on television, and a few run-ins with the law and even, in 2003, a run for Governor of California in the 2003 recall election that put Arnold Schwarzenegger in the statehouse.
If you were of a certain age, though, when Diff’rent Strokes first came on the air, he was Arnold Jackson: