Dana Plato

Haunted by her image as the perfect television sitcom daughter, Dana Plato saw her once promising career devolve into B-grade-turned-blue movies as she endured numerous run-ins with the law before succumbing to a drug ... Read more »
Born: 11/07/1964 in Maywood, California, USA

Filmography

Actor (18)

Pacino Is Missing 1997 (Movie)

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Blade Boxer 1995 (Movie)

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Compelling Evidence 1995 (Movie)

Dana Fields (Actor)

Silent Fury 1994 (Movie)

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Prime Suspect 1988 (Movie)

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Diff'rent Strokes 1978 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

New Love American Style 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

High School U.S.A. 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Celebrity Daredevils 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Circus of the Stars 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

Circus of the Stars 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

California Suite 1978 (Movie)

Jenny (Actor)

Return to Boggy Creek 1976 (Movie)

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Beyond the Bermuda Triangle (TV Show)

Actor

Family (TV Show)

Actor

Schoolboy Father (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Haunted by her image as the perfect television sitcom daughter, Dana Plato saw her once promising career devolve into B-grade-turned-blue movies as she endured numerous run-ins with the law before succumbing to a drug overdose at the young age of 34 as she was reportedly on the verge of a would-be comeback. The beautiful, girl-next-door Plato traveled the all-too-familiar path of a child star, becoming a minor journeyman child star in sundry 1970s TV projects and ads before winning her ostensible breakthrough role of the preppy Park Avenue older sister to two adopted African-American boys on one of the signature programs of the 1970s and early 1980s, "Diff'rent Strokes" (NBC/ABC, 1978-1986). But the weight of her early fame and glaring lack of prospects in its wake would lead to a roller-coaster arc of alcohol and drug abuse, the nadir of which she would reach with her infamous robbery of a Las Vegas video store while wielding a pellet gun. Beset by further bouts with the law and rehab, she nevertheless managed to marginally resume her career in low-rent thrillers and sci-fi films, acceding to increasingly and exploitatively risqué fare, which culminated with a soft-core porn outing in which she famously did same-sex love scenes. Mere days after a notorious appearance on Howard Stern's radio show in May 1999 - in which she dubiously claimed to be 10-years sober - Plato died in her RV trailer in rural Oklahoma, with authorities later attributing the death to a suicidal drug overdose. The onetime promising and vibrant actress' death would only serve to cement a growing urban legend of an existing curse on the cast of "Diff'rent Strokes," which saw all three child actors suffer tragic falls from grace.

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