Today, Friday, May 28, 2010 Gary Goleman passed away at 12:05pm from an inter-cranial hemorrhage at a hospital in Utah. Best and most fondly remembered during his years as a child star who played “Arnold” on the hit tv series “Diff’rent Strokes,” he made the line “What you talkin’ about Willis?” a classic. Gary dealt with health issues for nearly his entire life having been diagnosed with congenital kidney disease at the age of 2 which also stunted his growth.
Over the years, he struggled with various troubles with the law but also made occasional TV appearances including VH1’s “The Surreal Life.” Like so many child stars, he never regained the level of fame he had while on “Diff’rent Strokes.” He even ran for governor of California in 2004.
Since today is Throwback Friday, I decided to pick the theme from “It Takes Diff’rent Strokes” as the song. It was written by Alan Thicke, Gloria Loring, and Al Burton. Alan Thicke and Gloria Loring were the voices on the show’s theme song. (source: Diff’rent Strokes Fun Trivia)
RIP 42 years young Gary Coleman.
February 8, 1968 – May 28, 2010.
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