Gary Coleman: 1968-2010

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05.28.10 51 Comments

Child actor and star of Diff’rent Strokes Gary Coleman passed away today at the age of 42 after complications from an intracranial hemorrhage. After showing signs of improvement and consciousness yesterday, Coleman slipped into a coma and was taken off life support today. Coleman’s acting gigs were few and far between over the past decade, with his most recent appearance being in something called Midgets vs. Mascots, and his last recognizable roles coming mostly as cameos as himself. Like most child actors, Coleman’s life was filled with embarrassing revelations and public humility. He’ll always be remembered for his TV catchphrase, “Whatchoo talkin’ ’bout, Willis?” and I’ll always remember him for his cameo in Dirty Work, one of the most underappreciated comedies of the last 20 years.

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