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Janet Jackson And Actor Todd Bridges Remember Conrad Bain

1/17/2013 1:40pm EST
Janet Jackson And Actor Todd Bridges Remember Conrad Bain
Janet Jackson and actor Todd Bridges have paid tribute to their late Diff'rent Strokes co-star Conrad Bain following his death on Monday.
The actor, who played beloved patriarch Phillip Drummond in the hit comedy, passed away in California just weeks before his 90th birthday.
After hearing of his death, Jackson, who starred in the show between 1981 and 1982 before her music career took off, took to to remember the popular actor.
She writes, "I'm saddened to learn of Conrad Bain's passing. He was a joyful (and) pleasant man to work with. My heart goes out to his family a...

Todd Bridges Splits From Wife

5/26/2012 7:07pm EDT
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Actor Todd Bridges has split from his wife of 14 years. The Diff'rent Strokes star and his partner Dori Bridges, who share 13-year-old son Spencir, have parted ways after growing apart.

Bridges announced the separation on his page late on Friday, and insists the former couple is remaining friendly for the sake of its son.

In a series of posts on his page, he writes, "Im going to beat the media to this me and my wife (are) divorcing our lives are going different directions (sic)... we remain good friends.

"We have a child and we both have his best interests at hea...

Todd Bridges Hopes Person Who Leaked Dead Pics Of Gary Coleman 'Burns In Hell'

6/9/2010 8:40am EDT
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Angry Todd Bridges fired off at the person who leaked death photos of his "Diff'rent Strokes" co-star Gary Coleman.

He ranted, "I hope someone burns in hell for this one."

Prior to Gary's death, Todd was shunned by his co-star. But Todd refused to take the snub personally because the diminutive star was "very mad at the world."

Todd told Larry King in May, "Gary Coleman, you know, I really love Gary. But he is suffering from just the whole thing of physical, you know - health-wise, he's not great. And he's very mad at the world. And I understand that."

Gary Coleman Had A Year To Live

6/7/2010 9:24pm EDT
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Doctors gave actor Gary Coleman just one year to live after he underwent major heart surgery last year, according to his ex-wife Shannon Price.

The "Diff'rent Strokes" star died last month after his former wife gave doctors permission to switch off his life support system, which was keeping him alive in a comatose state.

Price is still coming to terms with the actor's death, but admits she knew her life with him would be short after the former child star had heart surgery to replace his aortic valve.

She tells news show Entertainment Tonight, "After he had heart surgery they said he woul...

Gary Coleman's Funeral Canceled

6/4/2010 3:15pm EDT
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Gary Coleman's funeral has been canceled as a custody battle over his remains wages on between the late actor's ex-wife and his estranged parents.

The Diff'rent Strokes star was scheduled to be buried on either Friday or Saturday - but now the funeral service is on hold. Coleman's estranged parents have objected to plans by their son's ex-wife, Shannon Price, to bury the star in Sandy, Utah - and they want to take his remains home to Illinois.

Meanwhile, Price has revealed she lacks the funds to pay for a funeral. Price, who was legally authorized to make medical decisions on Coleman's ...

Todd Bridges Talks Graphically To Oprah About Child Molestation

4/29/2010 8:49am EDT
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Former child star Todd Bridges broke down as he read an extract from his memoirs on "Oprah" on Wednesday because his own words brought back terrible memories of a childhood molestation.

Oprah Winfrey asked the ex-"Diff'rent Strokes" star to read from his book, "Killing Willis," after he revealed how the sex acts had begun when he was just 11.

The actor explained that a trusted male mentor and publicist had treated him to gifts and urged him to ignore the adulation of screaming girl fans before sexually abusing him.

Bridges started reading and lost his composure as he fought back tears. H...

Todd Bridges: 'I Was A Pimp In A Lot Of Ways'

4/29/2010 8:14am EDT
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Former Diff'rent Strokes star Todd Bridges hired an army of prostitutes to deal drugs for him during his 1980s heyday as a dealer - so he could get paid twice, for cocaine and sex.

The ex-child star became a drug user towards the end of the hit show's run in the mid-1980s and a gun-wielding narcotics boss on the mean streets of Los Angeles, dealing speed, crack, cocaine and marijuana when the sitcom wrapped in 1986. Both respected and feared, the actor surrounded himself with women, so he could get the most out of clients.

He explains, "They would sell drugs to johns (clients) and also ...

Corey Feldman, Kristy Swanson, Others Remember Corey Haim At Farewll Dinner

4/10/2010 11:42am EDT
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Child stars Corey Feldman and Todd Bridges and actress Kristy Swanson staged a farewell dinner to honor their late pal Corey Haim in Marina Del Rey, California, on Thursday night.

Feldman was forced to scrap plans for a formal memorial service because Haim's mother, Judy, was still too upset and too ill to attend such a big event, and so he arranged for the tragic actor's closest friends and his mom to meet up and toast the star's memory.

Swanson tells, "Had Corey wished to be anywhere, he would have loved to be with us last night, to be with all his old friends.

Guests also i...

Todd Bridges: 'I Was A Hollywood Drug Dealer'

3/17/2010 4:00pm EDT
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Former child star Todd Bridges was so desperate to make cash when hit TV show "Diff'Rent Strokes" ended, he became a sleazy Hollywood drug dealer.

The actor was 22, out of work and in debt to tune of $300,000 and so he opted for desperate measures to pay off what he owed and get rich quick.

Promoting his new book, "Killing Willis," Bridges tells Access Hollywood, "I worked four different hotels and I had five girls that worked on the streets."

However, he couldn't stop using what he sold - and quickly became a drug addict.

He admits that was the lowest point of his life: "I hated my...

Todd Bridges Snubbed By Gary Coleman

3/16/2010 5:00pm EDT
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Former child actor Todd Bridges has been shunned by his "Diff'Rent Strokes" co-star Gary Coleman in recent years - but he's refusing to take the snub personally as the diminutive star is "very mad at the world."

Bridges admits he has been concerned for his former colleague after Coleman suffered a string of health problems, most recently being hospitalized in Los Angeles following a suspected seizure.

The actor reveals he has reached out to Coleman, but his former friend didn't want to speak to him.

He tells Larry King, "Gary Coleman, you know, I really love Gary. But he is suffering ...

Todd Bridges Tried To Help Corey Haim

3/16/2010 9:57am EDT
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Former "Diff'Rent Strokes" star Todd Bridges reached out to Corey Haim last year in a bid to curb the late actor's alleged prescription drug habit.

"The Lost Boys" star, who had a long history of drug problems, died last Wednesday after suffering a suspected overdose. And Bridges, who has also battled addiction, admits he contacted his friend a year ago and warned him about the dangers of using medication.

He tells the Today show, "I had tried to get Corey to stop taking prescription drugs and take care of his life. I tried to get him to understand that there was a different way out. He...

Todd Bridges Opens Up About Troubled Childhood In New Book

3/15/2010 6:00pm EDT
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Former "Diff'Rent Strokes" star Todd Bridges has opened up about his drug addiction, childhood abuse and off-screen romance with late co-star Dana Plato in a candid new book.

The former child actor, who played beloved TV character Willis on the hit 1970s and '80s show, has put pen to paper for "Killing Willis: From Diff'rent Strokes to the Mean Streets to the Life I Always Wanted."

In the autobiography, Bridges, who claims he was physically abused at the hands of his father, pinpoints the moment that sent him into a downward spiral. The actor alleges his former male publicist performed ...

Hip-Hop's Great White Wonders

10/1/2008 9:10am EDT
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This week VH1 is trotting out another one of its Greatest shows, this time counting down the 100 greatest hip-hop songs. What does a network that airs reality sludge all day long know about the 100 greatest anything? Since it seems that everyone is an expert these days despite their lack of qualifications, I give you my list of the best white rappers of all time. Keep in mind, this list is compiled by a black man who plays an acoustic guitar and writes songs that owe more to Bob Dylan than Chuck D (who is a Dylan fan, by the way).

But that's the point, Hip-Hop Nation. Whereas rap was onc...

Orlando Jones & Todd Bridges To Guest Star On 'Everybody Hates Chris'

2/8/2007 9:46am EST
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Orlando Jones and Todd Bridges join the cast of Everybody Hates Chris. Orlando Jones guest stars as Mr. Newton a scholarly substitute teacher who makes Chris' life a living hell while, Todd Bridges plays Doc's nephew Monk, in the episode entitled, "Everybody Hates the Substitute," on "Everybody Hates Chris," Monday, February 12, 2007 (8:00PM-8:30PM ET/PT) on The CW.

"Everybody Hates Chris," co-created by Chris Rock and Ali LeRoi, is inspired by comedian Chris Rock's childhood experiences. Rock narrates this hilarious, touching story of a teenager growing up as the eldest of three child...

NBC To Air Made-For-TV Movie About 'Diff'rent Strokes'

8/7/2006 3:03pm EDT
NBC will re-visit one of television's most popular comedy series -- Diff'rent Strokes -- with a movie that serves as a powerful cautionary tale about the tragedies and challenges facing the child stars of the sitcom as well as all child stars in "Behind the Camera: The Unauthorized Story of 'Diff'rent Strokes.'"

The film premieres on Monday, Sept. 4 (8-10 p.m. ET). Original cast members Gary Coleman and Todd Bridges participated in the movie and will also appear in on-camera interviews.

"Behind the Camera: The Unauthorized Story of 'Diff'rent Strokes'" not only takes viewers beh...