Conrad Bain was a situation comedy-stalwart on television for three decades. He is best remembered for playing Philip Drummond on Diff’rent Strokes, a surrogate father to a pioneering Modern Family… He also reprised his character on The Facts of Life and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. The Canadian actor also had a starring role on Maude.
Bain studied in New York at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, and his classmates included Charles Durning and comedian Don Rickles. He became a naturalized citizen of the US in 1946. His hard work led to steady casting in Broadway shows. His theatre credits include a revival of The Iceman Cometh, Candide, Advise and Consent, and On Borrowed Time. In the early 1960s, Bain was one of the principal organizers of the Actors Federal Credit Union, which met with great enthusiasm among his peers at Actors’ Equity. He served as the Credit Union’s first president.
Conrad Bain had a brief career in cinema. He had small roles in Star!, Lovers and Other Strangers, I Never Sang For My Father, Coogan’s Bluff, The Anderson Tapes, Bananas, and Postcards From the Edge.
In addition to Maude and Diff’rent Strokes, Bain guest-starred in The Defenders, Madigan, four episodes of Dark Shadows, The Edge of Night, The Waverly Wonders, and The Love Boat.
Conrad Bain died of natural causes. He was 89.
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