Conrad Bain, who served for years as the eternally understanding adopting father to the American melting pot on Diff’rent Strokes, has died. Reports say that Bain died of natural causes at the age of 89.
Bain was an actor who spent time doing Shakespeare and classic dramas on Broadway like The Iceman Cometh, Candide, and Uncle Vanya before breaking into film and TV in the late ’50s and early ’60s. Among his most notable early roles was on Dark Shadows as the town innkeeper—a two-season run that ignobly ended with his being killed by a werewolf.
Todd Bridges in response to find out about the death, ” I am deeply saddened” but remembers Bain as an incredible individual. “In addition to being a positive and supportive father figure both on and off-screen, Conrad was well-loved and made going to work each day enjoyable for all of us,” Bridges said. “He will be missed, but never forgotten.”