Gary Wayne Coleman was an American actor, comedian, and writer known for his role, as Arnold Jackson, in Diff’rent Strokes.
Coleman made his acting debut in an episode of Medical Center in 1974. He then appeared in films like Scout’s Honor, On the Right Track, Jimmy the Kid, and An American Carol. He was listed no.1 on the list of “100 Greatest Child Stars” on television.
Coleman began his career in 1974 after he appeared in a commercial for Harris Bank. The same year, Gary appeared in an episode of Medical Center.
From 1978 to 1986, Gary played Arnold Jackson in the American sitcom Diff’rent Strokes. The show first aired on 3rd November 1978 starring Conrad Bain, Todd Bridges, and Dana Plato.
Gary received $100,000 per episode at the peak of his career. According to Bridges’ autobiography Killing Willis, Gary was made to work longer on the set of Diff’rent Strokes despite his health problems and age.
In 2004, Gary appeared in an episode of Drake & Josh alongside Drake Bell, Josh Peck, and Nancy Sullivan.
His other film work credits are The Kid from Left Field, On the Right Track, The Kid with the Broken Halo, Save Virgil, Church Bail, and Midgets vs. Mascots. In a similar way, his TV series credits are The Facts of Life, Amazing Stories, Martin, The Simpsons, Nitro Circus, and Robot Chicken.
Did You Know? Coleman appeared as himself in the music video of Bad, Bad Man by John Cena.
According to Celebrity Net Worth, Gary Coleman owned a net worth of $75 thousand at the time of his demise in 2010. He earned his wealth mainly from his professional acting career.
Additional Fact: Coleman also owned a video game arcade in Fisherman’s Village near Santa Monica, California.
In 1989, Coleman sued his parents and his former business advisor for $3.8 million after finding out about the misuse of his trust fund. He received $1.28 million from the lawsuit filed against them.
In 1998, Gary was charged with assault after punching Tracy Fields several times in front of witnesses. At that time, Coleman was working as a security guard in a mall.
Gary pleaded no contest to one count of assault and received a suspended jail sentence and was ordered to pay Tracy’s hospital bill ($1,665) and to take anger management classes.
Gary Wayne Coleman was born on 8th February 1968 in Zion, Illinois, the United States of America. He was adopted by W.G. Coleman and Edmonia Sue.
Gary Held American nationality and came from Afro-American ethnicity. He went to Crossroads School.
Coleman was married to Shannon Price whom he met on the set of the film Church Ball where she was working as an extra. They exchanged their wedding vows on 28th August 2007 amidst family and friends.
However, their marriage did not work out and they appeared on the show Divorce Court on 1st & 2nd May 2008. They tried to solve their differences in an attempt to save their marriage which went in vain and the couple officially got divorced on 12th August 2008.
According to a court petition filed by Price, she and Gary continued to live together in a common-law marriage until his death.
Coleman suffered from focal segmental glomerulosclerosis, a congenital kidney disease, and corticosteroids. The medications used for the treatment eventually limited his growth to 4 ft 8 inches only.
Likewise, in 1973 & 1984, Gary underwent two unsuccessful kidney transplants and required frequent dialysis.
On 26th May 2010, Gary was admitted to Utah Valley Regional Medical Center in Provo, Utah in critical condition after he fell down the stairs at his home in Santaquin; hitting his head and suffered an epidural hematoma.
As per a hospital spokesman, Gary was conscious and lucid the next morning, however, his condition subsequently worsened. By mid-afternoon on 27th May, he was unconscious and on life support. Sadly Coleman passed away at 12:05 pm on 28th May 2010 at the age of 42.