That title can sound a little..um...different if you read it the wrong way. Maybe folks shouldn't have their mind in the gutter then it would sound just fine. They would immediately know who I'm talking about with this latest honorarium before I even get to the name.
TV actor Conrad Bain died of natural causes in California Monday night. He was 89-years-old.
There's not a child of the 70s or 80s around that doesn't remember Bain as Phillip Drummond, the wealthy widower dad on the sitcom "Diff'rent Strokes". His adoption of Arnold (Gary Coleman) and Willis (Todd Bridges) kicked off a comedy that would be a staple of our 80s childhood. Not to mention making everyone on the show famous for years to come.
I always wondered how Bain handled seeing his tv children fall apart before his eyes as they struggled with no longer being child stars. Both Bridges and Dana Plato (who played the daughter, for those who are uninformed) struggled with drug problems. Plato would get the worst of it as she delved into porn and eventually died from a drug overdose. All the while those two stayed in the news, you never heard about him attempting to intervene to be a mentor who could hopefully steer them on the right path. But then again, who knows what he was dealing with himself. It was just interesting that he was never in the limelight after the show like all the kids were.
Honestly, I thought he had already passed away years ago. Probably even before Dixie Carter (who played his wife on the show for a couple of seasons) did years back. It would have made sense since he already looked old while he was on the show. And that was decades ago. Apparently he just looked old for his age. He nearly outlived them all though. Only Bridges is left now. Considering he's the same age as me, I hope he holds on for quite a while. Maybe even longer than Bain which would be a nice achievement.
Rest in peace, Mr. Drummond.