Gary Coleman

Actor
Though he was the darling of 1980s television while playing the loveable Arnold Jackson on the hit sitcom "Diff'rent Strokes" (1978-1986), actor Gary Coleman struggled for decades to redefine his life and career after ... Read more »
Born: 02/08/1968 in Zion, Illinois, USA

Filmography

Actor (65)

Robot Chicken 2011 (Tv Show)

Voice

The Great Buck Howard 2009 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

An American Carol 2008 (Movie)

Bacon Stains Malone (Actor)

Midgets Vs. Mascots 2008 (Movie)

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Postal 2008 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Church Ball 2006 (Movie)

Charles Higgins (Actor)

TV Land Awards: A Celebration of Classic TV 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The Drew Carey Show 1995 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The Surreal Life 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star 2003 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Star Dates 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

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

Actor

Son of the Beach 1999 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The Test 2000 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

In Living Color 1992 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Married... With Children 1992 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Martin 1992 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

My Wife and Kids 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Ben Stiller Show 1992 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air 1992 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Jamie Foxx Show 2000 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Parent 'Hood 1996 - 1997, 2000 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Simpsons 1999 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Voice

The Wayans Bros 1994 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Wayans Bros. 1994 - 1997, 2000 - 2001 (Tv Show)

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Unhappily Ever After 1995 - 1997, 2000 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Shasta Mcnasty 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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TV Guide's Truth Behind the Sitcoms 2 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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Dirty Work 1998 (Movie)

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Homeboys in Outer Space 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Waynehead 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

S.F.W. 1995 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

TV's All-Time Favorites 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Performer

Party 1994 (Movie)

Liar (Actor)

The Jackie Thomas Show 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

227 1985 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

National Basketball Players Association Awards 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Performer

Diff'rent Strokes 1978 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Life's Most Embarrassing Moments 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

The 37th Annual Prime Time Emmy Awards 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Performer

Playing With Fire 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

The Jeffersons 1975 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

The Dean Martin Celebrity Roast 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

The Fantastic World of D.C. Collins 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Jimmy the Kid 1983 (Movie)

Jimmy Lovejoy (Actor)

The Gary Coleman Show 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Voice

The Kid With the 200 I.Q. 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Anson and Lorrie 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

On the Right Track 1981 (Movie)

Lester (Actor)

Scout's Honor 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

Lucy Moves to NBC 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

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The Big Show 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

Tom Snyder's Celebrity Spotlight 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

Celebrity Challenge of the Sexes 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

Paul Lynde at the Movies 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

A Carol Christmas (TV Show)

Actor

Good Times (TV Show)

Actor

Like Father, Like Santa (TV Show)

Actor

The Kid From Left Field (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (1)

Party 1994 (Movie)

(Ancha-Aquarius Inc) (Associate Producer)

Biography

Though he was the darling of 1980s television while playing the loveable Arnold Jackson on the hit sitcom "Diff'rent Strokes" (1978-1986), actor Gary Coleman struggled for decades to redefine his life and career after the series went off the air. As with co-stars Todd Bridges and Dana Plato, Coleman descended into a life of career mediocrity and seemingly non-stop trouble following his tenure on the show. Though he never succumbed to drugs like Bridges and Plato, Coleman nonetheless suffered the aftereffects of being a former child celebrity; even twice attempting suicide. Along the way, he tried to revamp his career with numerous television appearances and cameo roles as himself, even running for the governorship of California during the 2003 recall election. But time and again, Coleman found himself either in trouble with the law, as he did following a scuffle with an autograph seeker while forced to work as a security guard, or the butt of late night jokes for his numerous public embarrassments. Coleman managed to pull himself up by the bootstraps in an effort to restore some dignity to his life, though a turbulent and often violent marriage to Shannon Price only added to his public troubles that never seemed to end.

Relationships

Willie Coleman

Father
Adopted Gary when he was an infant

Sue Coleman

Mother
Adopted Gary when he was an infant

Shannon Price

Wife
Manages the sale of his memorabilia on Ebay announced in February 2008, that they had secretly wed couple legally divorced on August 12, 2008

Milestones

2004

Featured in the second season of The WB reality series, "The Surreal Life"

2003

Entered the California recall election; finished a respectable eighth place among 135 candidates, with Arnold Schwarzenegger winnning

1999

Played himself on an episode of "The Simpsons" (Fox) titled "Grift of the Magi"

1996

Reprised his role of Arnold Jackson on the final episode of "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" (NBC)

1994

Appeared on an episode of "Married... with Children" (Fox), playing a building code inspector

1983

Third and final collaboration with Robert Guillaume in the NBC TV movie, "The Kid with the 200 I.Q."

1982

Lent his voice to the Hanna-Barbera animated series, "The Gary Coleman Show" (NBC)

1982

Re-teamed with Robert Guillaume for the NBC TV movie, "The Kid with the Broken Halo"

1979

TV movie debut in "The Kid from Left Field" (NBC) opposite Robert Guillaume

1978

Cast as Arnold Jackson in the NBC sitcom, "Diff’rent Strokes"

1978

Auditioned for a television revival of "The Little Rascals"; series was never produced

Began appearing in Chicago-area commercials

Bonus Trivia

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Coleman suffered from a congenital kidney disease causing nephritis (an autoimmune destruction of the kidney), which halted his growth at an early age, leading to a small stature (4 ft 8 in; 1.42 m). He had undergone two kidney transplants; one in 1973 and one in 1984, and required daily dialysis.

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In 1989, Coleman sued his parents and former manager over misappropriation of his $8.3 million trust fund. He won a $1,280,000 ruling in 1993.

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Coleman filed for bankruptcy in 1999; he attributed his financial problems to mismanagement of his trust.

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Coleman was charged with assault in 1998 after he punched a woman. He pleaded no contest and received a suspended sentence. He was also ordered to pay the woman's $1,665 for hospital bills resulting from the fight.

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On July 26, 2007, Coleman was cited for misdemeanor disorderly conduct by a Provo, UT, police officer after he was seen having a "heated discussion" with a woman.

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On Jan. 24, 2010, Coleman was arrested in Utah on a warrant for failing to appear in court, police said. The Salt Lake Tribune reported that Utah County Jail records show he was arrested after police received reports of a disturbance at his Santaquin home.

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