Diff’rent Strokes Dad Dies

Conrad Bain, known best as TV dad Phillip Drummond on “Diff’rent Strokes,” has died. He was 89 years old.

Bain passed away Monday night in Livermore, California; the cause of death has not yet been released. Bain’s daughter Jennifer tells TMZ, “He was a lot like Mr. Drummond, but much more interesting in real life. He was an amazing father.”

Born in Alberta, Canada (yes, Mr. Drummond was Canadian), Bain served in the Canadian army during World War II and studied acting in New York City alongside Charles Durning and Don Rickles. He found success as a stage actor and played innkeeper Mr. Wells on the ’60s vampire soap “Dark Shadows” before finding his niche in TV sitcoms.

Rod Sisco
rodsisco@wqsb.com