I appeared as The backdoor pilot episode on Diff'rent Strokes titled The Girls School on May 4, 1979, led to the spin-off series The Facts of Life. during the time when Gary was suing his parents, manager and other financial "Nobody knows her name, but everybody knows a 6 bedroom - 3,500 square feet home. Ross was born in New York City in the South Bronx. As Arnold, Coleman popularized the catchphrase "What'cha talkin' 'bout, Willis?" Dana's mother, Florine 'Kay' Plato, who had guided her career died of a blood disease in January Bridges' more high-profile role was as Monk, a shell-shocked Vietnam veteran, conspiracy theorist, and nephew of Chris's boss Doc on the sitcom Everybody Hates Chris. Plato sank to a new low in 1991 when she was arrested for robbing a video store. Dody Goodman died June 22, 2008 at Englewood (N.J.) Hospital and Medical Center. game from Lucas Arts called "The Curse of Monkey Island". who posted the $13,000 bail for her. Coleman secretly wed his girlfriend of five months, Shannon Price, 22, on August 28, 2007. The pilots did not sell although they were later edited into a television film for some markets. Pearl thinks it was the housekeeper, Willis believes it was the teenage son, and though Kimberly's line gets faded out, it's safe to assume she suggests a character similar to her. Shavar Ross, better known for his role as Gary Coleman's character's best friend on the '80s series "Diff'rent Strokes," is now a father of two and has stepped away from acting. As part of this, Arnold's school life also gradually began to feature more in many episodes; this increased in subsequent seasons. From there I began my Before being cast as Arnold Jackson in "Diff'rent Strokes," Coleman made memorable appearances on Lear's hit comedies "The Jeffersons" and "Good Times.". Philip Drummond: No. Son Seven Shavar Ross time.) 1980s version of The Twilight Zone. Diff'rent Strokes was initially devised to serve as a vehicle for both Conrad Bain and Gary Coleman. It was an audition for a role in the 1971 film "Cold Turkey" that led Bain to TV stardom. He Sympathetic to the former child star's plight and disgusted by her treatment by the press, singer Wayne Newton posted her $13,000 bail in hopes of giving Plato a much-needed second chance. Easily move forward or backward to get to the perfect clip. Following her jail term, Dana appeared in a string of B-grade features including such The final episode which was "The Front Page", aired on March 7, 1986. Internet Movie Database entry for Dana Plato Bridges has traveled the U.S. speaking to over 6,000 kids per day in schools and churches discussing the dangers of drug use and negative peer pressure, and Cited for parole violation, she served 30 days He produced, directed, and wrote a movie with his brother Jimmy that featured several of his family members The last time that we will certainly prosecute." His father was an alcoholic who took out his frustrations on his family. I was basically an she was arrested for the armed robbery of a Las Vegas video store (which she used Midway through the sixth season, Plato became pregnant and approached the producers of the show to include her pregnancy. personal assistant for Yvette Lee Bowser who was a producer for 'A Different World'. Quotes displayed in real-time or delayed by at least 15 minutes. Arnold Jackson missed five episodes, two from the fourth season in 198182 (First Day Blues" and "The Team") and three from the seventh season in 198485 ("The Gymnasts", "Sam Adopts a Grandparent" and "Baseball Blues"). In 1990, he was acquitted on charges of assault After Bridges started to put his drug addiction behind him in the early 1990s, he told Jet magazine that Bain had become like a real father to him. Mary Ann Mobley was a late addition to the principal cast of "Diff'rent Strokes." with Carol Channing. Consequently, Danny was ordered to stay 100 yards from his wife and son. the project fell through, ABC chief executive Fred Silverman was enchanted by the talented Her experiences behind bars also seemed to change more than just her career Dudley's dad let us have a couple of sips, Man with a Plan (2016) - S04E06 Couples Therapy, American Dad! organization called Train Rite that trained service dogs for the disabled. She also had a long career as a stage actress. on the VH1 special I Love the '80s. She returned for The Facts of Life Reunion television movie, which aired on ABC on November 18, 2001. "Diff'rent Strokes" debuted on NBC in 1978, an era when television comedies tackled relevant social issues. She was Miss America in 1959. School, Back to the Future, and Pee-Wee's Big Picture. He married artist Monica Sloan in 1945. They realize they don't like the effects of cigarettes, but the real persuasion to have them kick the habit comes from someone very close to home from Dudley - his father, whom despite having had a lung operat Arnold and Dudley give into peer pressure and experiment with smoking. Mobley was 77 at the time of her death. in Carson City, Nevada (licensed in California '96, taking the Nevada bar in July '98). Several past characters attended the wedding ceremony, including Aunt Sophia, Adelaide, and Mrs. Garrett. I was able  After years of battling drug addiction, Bridges became sober in the early 1990s. Additionally, Arnold appeared on the Silver Spoons episode "The Great Computer Caper" and the Amazing Stories episode "Remote Control Man". In 2006 and 2007, Dixie Carter found renewed fame with a new generation of fans as the very disturbed and , On August 27, 2013, it was announced that Mill Creek Entertainment had acquired the rights to various television series from the Sony Pictures library, including Diff'rent Strokes. Women on the Moon (1987), and Hollywood Shuffle (1987) and She was also famous in the '80s for her recurring role as Aunt Sophia on the '80s sitcom Diff'rent She played the recurring role of Sylvia Schnauser, the wife of Officer Leo Schnauser (Al Lewis), in 10 episodes of Car 54, Where Are You? Coleman placed 8th in a field of 135 candidates, receiving 14,242 votes. He was the voice of Kenny Falmouth in a cd-rom video Following the cancellation of Diff'rent Strokes in 1986, Coleman, Bridges and Plato encountered difficulty in finding other acting jobs. She was married to Robert Bernhardt on January 8, 1994 and they divorced on July 26, 1996. nude pictorial did nothing to help revive her career, though, and Dana continued to languish Bridges Little Lisa. As they leave the living room each reveal their guess as to who was the "Meathook Murderer", all guessing their counterparts. With his distinctive square jaw, bushy mustache, and toothy smile, Tari was ubiquitous on 1970s and '80s TV, appearing on everything from "Starsky and Hutch" to "Happy Days." But "Diff'rent Strokes" is remembered mostly for its child stars' adult drug and money troubles. She returned to Broadway in 1974 to appear in Lorelei  In 1998, she appeared in a softcore pornographic film entitled Different Strokes: The Story of Jack and Jilland Jill, which was intended to capitalize on her Diff'rent Strokes fame. In 2004, Coleman appeared on the second season of The Surreal Life and was pressured to quote his famous catchphrase by Vanilla Ice. moment in a TV show, movie, or music video you want to share. After a performance, she has an epileptic seizure and Sam thinks she's dying. Other survivors include her daughter, Linda Deffenderfer of Chandler and Barbara Lee Volz (1939-1992). She performed some of the lyrics for the first season theme song. "Diff'rent Strokes" touched on serious themes but was known better as a family comedy that drew most of its laughs from its standout child actor, Gary Coleman. In January of 1997, he was arrested after allegedly ramming a friends In 1987, he Ms. Rae was 92. Although the court awarded Coleman a $1.3 million judgment, legal costs and mounting medical expenses left him virtually penniless. with a production of "Ain't Misbehavin", teaching private voice in New He is an avid hockey fan and often participates in celebrity She and her husband, ", Later in life, however, Bain expressed his despair at the plights of "Diff'rent Strokes'" youthful stars. He is survived by three children: Jennifer, Kent and Mark. The first and second season also included three hour-long crossover episodes (edited into two-part format for syndication and overseas broadcasts) with NBC sitcom Hello, Larry, which had been moved to the slot immediately following Diff'rent Strokes in an effort to boost its ratings (an effort that ultimately failed; it was canceled after the end of its second season). Dody Goodman, who played Aunt Sophia, was born Dolores Goodman on October Lanny Lambert in December 1983. Shavar Ross was a familiar face on TV throughout the 1980s and '90s. 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Amber Cooksey also claimed that Danny Cooksey's erratic behavior was exacerbating Jackson's epilepsy, a condition she shares with the child, and that he was in rehab for alcohol and drug abuse. He has since worked as a director, pastor, and entrepreneur. Sadly and tragically, she died of a prescription drug overdose on May 8th, 1999. According to Sgt. The cast reunited at the TV Land Awards in 2007 and 2011, where it won the award for Pop Culture Icon. Looking for a new start, she moved to Las Vegas and took a job working for a dry cleaning service for $5.75 an hour, as per Biography. They realize they don't like the effects of cigarettes, but the real persuasion to have them kick the habit comes from someone very close to home from Dudley - his father, whom despite having had a lung operation, is still a chronic smoker. Release Calendar Top 250 Movies Most Popular Movies Browse Movies by Genre Top Box Office Showtimes & Tickets Movie News India Movie Spotlight. run, which lasted from 1978 to 1986. gained national fame in the TV role of stuffy next-door neighbor Dr. Arthur Harmon on the I had to get to sleep so I could get up for the kids and do the TV show Monday-Friday. She returned for The Facts of Life Reunion television movie, which aired on ABC on November 18, 2001. Other classmates and friends of Arnold seen over time included Robbie Jason (Steven Mond) and snobby Lisa Hayes (Nikki Swasey), who initially was sweet on Arnold, but later came to despise him, leading to hatred between the pair and many squabbles. and Pepper Ann animated tv series. She was featured in a video game in 1992 She made her film debut in 1973 in Your Minutes Are Up as the "Free Press Lady" and went on to appear in more than "Alcohol became my drug of choice so I could get sleep at night," Rae told Fox News. happened was around 1990. Coleman providing his own voice. In 1989, Bridges was arrested for attempted murder in the shooting of a drug dealer. movies Poetic Justice in 1993 and opposite Eddie Murphy in Nutty Professor II: Klumps which be released July 28th, - I'll bet Dudley there takes a sip every now and then. Most notably: Joy Luck Club (1993), Deception (1990), and Star Trek: Deep "situation" sitcom called "The Baxters" with Nanette Fabray whom Melanie says was wonderful to work with. At the end of the episode, Bain (in an out-of-character PSA) spoke about what to do if real life situations as the one portrayed on the show were to occur. others). the bowling team. web site. This is a one disc compilation consisting of eight episodes from Season 2. include Tell Me You Love Me, The O.C. She had been considered for Maggie when the role was created, but was not chosen in part due to age disparity between her and Bain.. Diff'rent Strokes ended as well as biographical information when available. Bridges was offered the role without needing an audition. Elsewhere, Murder, She Wrote, Thunder in Paradise, Sisters, Diagnosis: Murder, Strong Medicine, ER, Life and Pretty Little Liars. has starred in over 100 film and episodic television projects throughout his career, including such films as the fifth installment of the Friday the 13th movie hired as an intern/on-air personality show Mojo and Betsy In the Morning for 93.7 KRQ in Years. Due to Plato's pregnancy and publicized substance abuse issues, she had been dropped from the regular cast at the end of the previous season. the other cast members worked, and after Todd Bridges appeared, was encouraged by Vanilla Ice to say "What'chu talkin' 'bout, Willis?" Dana was fired from Diff'rent Strokes after the recently, he has reappeared in Hollywood. Two hour-long episodes on the first season DVD are presented in their edited, two-part syndicated versions. He has In season 7's "A Special Friend," Arnold and Sam met Karen, a street performer. features like On the Right Track (1981) and made-for-TV movies like Scout's Honor (1980) and His second short film, A Taste of Us (2004), dealt with the civil unrest of the 1960s segregation in the south and was originally made as a pilot presentation for the TV One Network. Sadly and tragically, she died of a prescription drug overdose on May 8th, 1999. She's worked on films like "The 40 Year Old Virgin" of Diff'rent Strokes. As with Bridges, Rae was offered the role without audition, but was locked into a contract with CBS; however, Lear was determined to have Rae for the role and used his influence to convince CBS to release her from her contract, freeing her up to be available for the role. They reference Willis by name before meeting Will Smith's character, leading to Coleman uttering a variation of his catchphrase, "What'cha talkin' about, Will?". She will certainly be missed by Broadway fans, TV fans, and movie fans as she had big roles in each. The following day, Plato and her fianc,Robert Menchaca, traveled in their motorhome to Moore, Oklahoma, to visit Menchaca's family. In 2009, Mary Ann Mobley was diagnosed with stage three breast cancer. This was She came to fame as a child star but found out soon enough that early This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, tyke. Over the years she made several guest appearances The pitch meeting to NBC took place on Friday May 9, 1978, with NBC immediately ordering an optional 26 episodes. In a late first-season episode of Strokes ("The Girls School", which served as the backdoor pilot of Facts), Mrs. Garrett took Kimberly to the school with the intent of helping her sew costumes for a school play. Most disturbingly, she alleged that Danny had used their 8-year-old son, Jackson, to spy on her in an attempt to catch her in an act of marital infidelity. In 2017, she was diagnosed with bone cancer. Factory had acquired the rights to the series; they subsequently released the third season on DVD on July 17, 2012. in 1985-1986. With his plain looks and down-to-earth manner, Bain was always cast as a character actor. on TV's "The Gong Show." Bridges, Plato and Catlett were all absent from the episode, and several cast members later voiced their disappointment that they had not realized it would be the final episode, and would have liked to have been present to mark the end of the series onscreen more adequately. Steven I am a native New Yorker and And Mary Dixie was born on July 6, 1970. for forging Valium prescriptions. She was 70. She posed for a June 1989 pictorial in Playboy (a 5-page nude They planned to be married in Spring 2001. move forward or backward to get to the perfect spot. games. nude pictorial did nothing to help revive her career, though, and Dana continued to languish All rights reserved. With Bain himself having considerable input into the options available and directions they took, producers considered a number of settings and formats, including one in which Bain was a gumshoe, with Coleman as his young associate-cum-informant. By the time the program was cancelled, Dana had blossomed into a striking Nicole "Nikki" Swasey Seaton played Arnold's arch-nemesis, Lisa Hayes, in about 13 or What is the Spanish language plot outline for Diff'rent Strokes (1978)? Hervey served as the head of public relations for HealthSouth Corporation in Birmingham, Alabama during events that would lead to a massive fraud scandal. Additionally, Todd Bridges appeared along with Gary Coleman and Vanilla Ice on a VH-1's Entertainment Tomorrow, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Shavar_Ross&oldid=1142302881, Short description is different from Wikidata, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License 3.0, This page was last edited on 1 March 2023, at 17:24. Please visit the links such as the Internet Movie Database and Wikipedia for the most up to date on tv in episodes of Hart to Hart, Starsky & Hutch, Happy Days, The A-Team, This same episode introduces wheelchair-aided Melanie Watson, born with osteogenesis imperfecta, as Kathy Gordon, who continued to guest-star one episode per season until Season 6. into. Conrad Bain, the actor who played the father figure on the sitcom "Diff'rent Strokes," has died, a friend of the Bain family confirmed to FOX411. Shavar Malik Ross (born March 4, 1971), is an American actor, film director, screenwriter, film producer, editor, photographer, author, online retail entrepreneur, and spiritual mentor and teacher. Diff'rent Strokes" is when my little sister wants to harass me in a public . He was an amazing father.". ", After giving birth to her son, she decided it was time to get clean. 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Unfortunately, he also seemed to be in denial at the seriousness of their problems. Melanie Watson (now Bernhardt) played Arnold's friend In January of 1992 she was arrested each cast member that I could find along with what they have done since In 1993, she voiced the character Aunt Pristine Figg in Tom and Jerry: The Movie. He will be missed, but never forgotten. See production, box office & company info. In 1961, she became a regular on the NBC comedy "Car 54, Where Are You?" Splash and Splash, Too. was able to get me a guest spot on 227 and a Doritos commercial.  In February 1991, she was arrested after robbing a Las Vegas video store armed with a pellet gun. As with Day-Glo, Rubik's Cube, Valley girls, Care Bears, Mr. T, the Smurfs and other artifacts from the early 1980s, Coleman's popularity coincided with the childhood of a particularly productive generation of internet users, and in 2008 he remains a minor cult figure. Dudley Johnson (Shavar Ross) was Arnold's best friend, who, like Arnold, was adopted, and with whom he shared many memorable childhood scrapes. So while Linda Blair went on to huge stardom, Dana She also appeared in the TV movie I Dream of Jeannie: 15 Years sterling gems as 1992's "Bikini Beach Race" and 1995's "Compelling Evidence." They live in a penthouse with Drummond, his daughter Kimberly (Plato), and their housemaid. auditioned for a proposed television revival of the old Little Rascals comedy series. Feel free to use none, any, or all of this on your page. Some of these were important or serious storylines under the "very special episode" heading, which Diff'rent Strokes popularized. car with his own after an argument.  Bridges has continued acting in films and television. When that series ended production following star Beatrice Arthur's decision to leave the show in the spring 1978, Tandem Productions producer Norman Lear was keen to find a suitable sitcom for Bain to star in.