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A precocious child actor whose career began with appearances in television spots in the Chicago area, Gary Coleman was born Feb. 8, 1968, in Zion, Ill.

An audition for a TV project that later fell through ultimately led to a 10-year-old Coleman being cast as Arnold Jackson, the cherubic adopted son of a rich New Yorker, in the sitcom "Diff'rent Strokes." The series became a hit and quickly turned Coleman into a star. But he fell on hard times financially and professionally after the show's eight-year run ended in 1986, with the pint-sized sensation occasionally landing guest shots on fare such as "Simon & Simon," "Martin" and "The Drew Carey Show."

Plagued by health problems all of his life because of a congenital kidney disease, Coleman passed away May 28, 2010, after suffering a brain hemorrhage. His final role was in the 2008 mockumentary Midgets vs. Mascots.

Gary Coleman in Midgets vs. Mascots

Midgets vs. Mascots

2008 UR

Five mascots go against five little people in a series of ridiculous contests. Although at a serious size and strength disadvantage, the little people set out to prove they have just as much heart as their rivals in this amusing mockumentary.

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