Gary Coleman’s Acting Career: A Retrospective (Photos & Video)

May 28, 2010

Taking a break from the world of sports…so sad to report on the passing of the Different Strokes star. Let’s take a look back at Gary Coleman’s acting career, shall we? Keep reading, plus see photos and video below.

Gary Coleman

Yet another actor young actor whose life was cut too short. Gary Coleman died today, at 12:05 PM MST, after being pulled off of life support. We’ll give you a retrospective of Gary Coleman’s acting career below.

First, how the heck did this happen? It was reported that he had fallen earlier this week, sustaining a head injury, and suffered a brain hemorrhage at his Utah home on Wednesday. He was immediately rushed to the hospital. He was later transferred to Utah Valley Regional Medical Center to undergo further tests. It looked as if he was improving, as early Thursday afternoon he was conscious. Sadly, he took a turn for the worse later Thursday afternoon as he went ‘in and out of consciousness‘. The actor’s wife decided today to take him off life support. TMZ reports that he did have family and some close friends at his bedside when the life support was removed.

Coleman’s rep released the following statement:

“Thanks to everyone for their well wishing and support during this tragic time. Now that Gary has passed, we know he will be missed because of all the love and support shown in the past couple of days. Gary is now at peace and his memory will be kept in the hearts of those who were entertained by him throughout the years.”

The 42-year-old actor was best known as his portrayal of Arnold Jackson in the 80’s comedy Diff’rent Strokes, where he made popular the phrase, ‘What’cha talkin’ ’bout, Willis?’. Most recently, he appeared in the film, Midgets Vs. Mascots.

Gary Coleman’s acting career spans many years. According to imdb, his first acting gig was on the 1974 TV show, ‘Medical Center’. In addition to ‘Diff’rent Strokes, he also appeared (according to imdb) in:

The Little Rascals, The Jeffersons, Good Times, Buck Rogers, The FActs of Life, Silver Spoons, Simon & Simon, 227, Married With Children and The Drew Carey Show just to name a few.

As for a filmography, he was cast in:

The Kid from Left Field, On the Right Track, Jimmy the Kid, Playing with Fire, Shafted!, The Flunky, Church Ball (where he met his wife), Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star, An American Carol, and his last film, Midgets vs. Mascots in 2009.

Goodbye Arnold…RIP.

Readers, what are your memories of Diff’rent Strokes? Any favorite episodes come to mind? Let me know in the comments section plus check out some photos and videos below.

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Photos: Nelson/ WENN, Apega/WENN, Starbux / WENN

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