MADISON, Wis. (1/22/13)--Diff'rent Strokes actor Conrad Bain, who died last week, was an organizer and the first president of the Actors FCU.
Bain played Phillip Drummond in the sitcom Diff'rent Strokes. As Drummond, Bain was the straight man to the diminutive, wisecracking Gary Coleman, who played Arnold, the younger of Drummond's two adopted boys (The Guardian Jan. 18).
Bain helped found Actors FCU in New York City in 1962 to help members of his profession secure credit.
Bain outlived two of his three screen children from Diff'rent Strokes. Coleman, who faced charges of assault and disorderly conduct, died of a brain hemorrhage at age 42; Dana Plato, who played Bain's daughter died of a drug overdose at age 34.
Bain also also co-starred in the series Maude (1972-78) as Dr. Arthur Harmon, the stuffy, conservative neighbor of the title character, played by Bea Arthur.
Bain's films included Coogan's Bluff (1968), starring Clint Eastwood; Woody Allen's Bananas (1971); The Anderson Tapes (1971); and Postcards from the Edge (1990).
Today, Actors FCU has $164 million in assets.