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Also Known As: Gary Wayne Coleman Died: May 28, 2010
Born: February 8, 1968 Cause of Death: Brain hemorrhage
Birth Place: Zion, Illinois, USA Profession: actor

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Though he was the darling of 1980s television while playing the loveable Arnold Jackson on the hit sitcom "Diff'rent Strokes" (1978-1986), actor Gary Coleman struggled for decades to redefine his life and career after the series went off the air. As with co-stars Todd Bridges and Dana Plato, Coleman descended into a life of career mediocrity and seemingly non-stop trouble following his tenure on the show. Though he never succumbed to drugs like Bridges and Plato, Coleman nonetheless suffered the aftereffects of being a former child celebrity; even twice attempting suicide. Along the way, he tried to revamp his career with numerous television appearances and cameo roles as himself, even running for the governorship of California during the 2003 recall election. But time and again, Coleman found himself either in trouble with the law, as he did following a scuffle with an autograph seeker while forced to work as a security guard, or the butt of late night jokes for his numerous public embarrassments. Coleman managed to pull himself up by the bootstraps in an effort to restore some dignity to his life, though a turbulent and often violent marriage to Shannon Price only added to his public troubles that...

Though he was the darling of 1980s television while playing the loveable Arnold Jackson on the hit sitcom "Diff'rent Strokes" (1978-1986), actor Gary Coleman struggled for decades to redefine his life and career after the series went off the air. As with co-stars Todd Bridges and Dana Plato, Coleman descended into a life of career mediocrity and seemingly non-stop trouble following his tenure on the show. Though he never succumbed to drugs like Bridges and Plato, Coleman nonetheless suffered the aftereffects of being a former child celebrity; even twice attempting suicide. Along the way, he tried to revamp his career with numerous television appearances and cameo roles as himself, even running for the governorship of California during the 2003 recall election. But time and again, Coleman found himself either in trouble with the law, as he did following a scuffle with an autograph seeker while forced to work as a security guard, or the butt of late night jokes for his numerous public embarrassments. Coleman managed to pull himself up by the bootstraps in an effort to restore some dignity to his life, though a turbulent and often violent marriage to Shannon Price only added to his public troubles that never seemed to end.

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 Postal (2008)
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 Church Ball (2006)
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 Dirty Work (1998)
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 Party (1995) Liar
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 S.F.W. (1994) Himself
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 Playing With Fire (1985) David Phillips
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Began appearing in Chicago-area commercials
1978:
Auditioned for a television revival of "The Little Rascals"; series was never produced
1978:
Cast as Arnold Jackson in the NBC sitcom, "Diff¿rent Strokes"
1979:
TV movie debut in "The Kid from Left Field" (NBC) opposite Robert Guillaume
1982:
Re-teamed with Robert Guillaume for the NBC TV movie, "The Kid with the Broken Halo"
1982:
Lent his voice to the Hanna-Barbera animated series, "The Gary Coleman Show" (NBC)
1983:
Third and final collaboration with Robert Guillaume in the NBC TV movie, "The Kid with the 200 I.Q."
1994:
Appeared on an episode of "Married... with Children" (Fox), playing a building code inspector
1996:
Reprised his role of Arnold Jackson on the final episode of "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" (NBC)
1999:
Played himself on an episode of "The Simpsons" (Fox) titled "Grift of the Magi"
2003:
Entered the California recall election; finished a respectable eighth place among 135 candidates, with Arnold Schwarzenegger winnning
2004:
Featured in the second season of The WB reality series, "The Surreal Life"
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