Photo of Gary Coleman Gary Coleman

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 Diff'rent Strokes

Diff'rent Strokes

1978 TV-PG

After their mother dies, young African-American brothers Arnold and Willis move from Harlem to the Park Avenue home of a wealthy white widower, where they must adjust to a host of lifestyle changes.

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