New York, NY -- The father in "Diff'rent Strokes" has died. Conrad Bain's character was the adoptive father of kids played by Gary Coleman and Todd Bridges. Dana Plato played his daughter. But Bain told AP Radio in 1991 he never was their father figure in real life.
He said "they had parents of their own." Coleman, Bridges and Plato later became infamous for their legal and drug problems. Bridges and Plato each had arrest records and drug problems. Plato OD'd in 1999. Coleman had financial and legal troubles. He died in 2010.
Bain blamed the business. He said "it would take an unusual circumstance for any child to survive unscathed." Before "Diff'rent Strokes," Bain played Bea Arthur's neighbor in "Maude." He was 89.