Conrad Bain, who starred as the kindly white adoptive father of two young African American brothers in the TV sitcom “Diff’rent Strokes,” died Jan. 14. He was 89. The show that debuted on NBC in 1978 was most noticed for its child actors, especially Gary Coleman, right, who played the younger brother. Bain often was straight man to Coleman’s comic. Before “Diff’rent Strokes,” Bain played conservative neighbor Dr. Arthur Harmon on the feminist sitcom “Maude.” He also was a journeyman actor on stage, screen and television.
Conrad Bain, who starred as doting dad of TV’s ‘Diff’rent Strokes,’ dead at 89