Conrad Bain

An affable and professional performer on both stage and screen, actor Conrad Bain permanently entered the cultural lexicon as the rich, but caring father Phillip Drummond who takes in two orphaned African-American boys ... Read more »
Born: 02/04/1923 in Lethbridge, Alberta, CA

Filmography

Actor (27)

Intimate Portrait: Bea Arthur 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

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TV Land Awards: A Celebration of Classic TV 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

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The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air 1995 - 1996 (Tv Show)

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Postcards From the Edge 1990 (Movie)

Grandpa (Actor)

Search For Tomorrow 1951 - 1987 (TV Show)

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Diff'rent Strokes 1978 - 1986 (TV Show)

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The Edge of Night 1955 - 1985 (TV Show)

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TV Funnies 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

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The Jimmy McNichol Special 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

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Chomps 1979 (Movie)

Ralph Norton (Actor)

Twigs 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

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A Fan's Notes 1971 (Movie)

Poppy (Actor)

Bananas 1971 (Movie)

Semple (Actor)

Dark Shadows 1965 - 1971 (TV Show)

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I Never Sang For My Father 1970 (Movie)

Reverend Pell (Actor)

Jump 1970 (Movie)

Lester (Actor)

The Anderson Tapes 1970 (Movie)

Dr Rubicoff (Actor)

Who Killed Mary Whats'ername? 1970 (Movie)

Val (Actor)

Last Summer 1969 (Movie)

Dan's Father (Actor)

A Lovely Way to Die 1968 (Movie)

James Lawrence (Actor)

Coogan's Bluff 1968 (Movie)

Madison Avenue Man (Actor)

Star! 1968 (Movie)

Salesman at Cartier's (Actor)

Child Bride of Short Creek (TV Show)

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Maude (TV Show)

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Mr. President (TV Show)

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The Borgia Stick (TV Show)

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Biography

An affable and professional performer on both stage and screen, actor Conrad Bain permanently entered the cultural lexicon as the rich, but caring father Phillip Drummond who takes in two orphaned African-American boys on the iconic sitcom, "Diff'rent Strokes" (NBC, 1978-1986). While his career may have been viewed by some as limited to that one particular show, Bain actually enjoyed a lengthy career that spanned four decades and included notable success on Broadway in Eugene O'Neill's "The Iceman Cometh" and Anton Chekhov's "Uncle Vanya." Throughout the 1960s, Bain amassed a résumé filled with small parts and uncredited appearances, but he was finally given the chance to shine with a supporting turn opposite Gene Hackman in "I Never Sang for My Father" (1970). The following year, he appeared with Sean Connery in "The Anderson Tapes" (1971) and Woody Allen in "Bananas" (1971), while starring alongside Red Buttons in the comedy "Who Killed Mary What's 'Er Name?" (1971). On television, Bain put his comic skills on fine display as the conservative foil to Bea Arthur on the classic sitcom, "Maude" (CBS, 1972-78), a role he played for the series' entire six-year run. He immediately followed with "Diff'rent Strokes," only to see his career stall as part of the show's so-called curse that greatly affected his onscreen children Todd Bridges, Dana Plato and Gary Coleman. Regardless, Bain achieved immortality thanks to endless reruns that perpetually introduced him to new generations of audiences as the quintessential TV dad.

Relationships

Kent

Son

Mark

Son

Bonar Bain Actor

Brother
Born Feb. 4, 1923; identical twin Played brothers on 1977 episode of "Maude"

Stafford Bain

Father

Jennifer Bain

Daughter

Monica Sloan

Wife
Married Sept. 4, 1945 until her death Feb. 26, 2009

Jean Young

Mother

Milestones

2011

Final TV appearance, played a priest on an episode of "Unforgettable" (CBS)

1996

Reprised Phillip Drummond role with guest appearance on series finale of "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" (NBC)

1991

Returned to Broadway after 18 years with "On Borrowed Time"

1990

Final film role, played the grandfather in "Postcards from the Edge"

1987

Played a presidential aide on short-lived sitcom "Mr. President" (Fox)

1978

Cast as Manhattan millionaire and adoptive father Phillip Drummond opposite Gary Coleman and Todd Bridges on "Diff'rent Strokes" (NBC, ABC)

1972

Co-starred with Bea Arthur and Bill Macy on Norman Lear's comedy series "Maude" (CBS); played conservative doctor Arthur Harmon

1970

Landed minor role in Woody Allen's "Bananas"

1969

Joined ensemble cast of feature adaptation of the play "Lovers and Other Strangers"

1968

Made feature acting debut with minor role in crime drama "Madigan"

1966

Landed recurring role on "Dark Shadows" (ABC) as innkeeper Mr. Wells

1958

Joined Stratford (Ontario) Shakespeare Festival; acted in "A Winter's Tale," "Much Ado About Nothing," and "Henry IV, Part I"

1956

Off-Broadway debut, a Circle-in-the-Square revival of Eugene O'Neill's "The Iceman Cometh"

1952

Made TV debut on "The Hospital" episode of "Studio One in Hollywood" (CBS)

1947

Made stage debut in Connecticut production of "Dear Ruth"

1946

Became naturalized U.S. citizen

Studied at New York's American Academy of Dramatic Arts

Trained at Alberta's Banff School of Fine Arts after high school

Joined Canadian Army during WWII

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