Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Conrad Bain (1923-2013)

News has just come over the wires of the passing of character actor Conrad Bain, best known for roles in two 1970's sitcoms, just three weeks shy of his 90th birthday.

The Canadian-born Bain first emerged in the role of Dr. Arthur Harmon on Maude (1972-8), and when that series ended, producers Norman Lear & Bud Yorkin wasted little time finding a new project for Bain, casting him as New York millionaire Philip Drummond on Diff'rent Strokes. Bain, though, was quickly overshadowed by his younger co-stars, Todd Bridges, Gary Coleman, & Dana Plato.

Bain still landed the occasional gig as much as two years ago, according to Wikipedia.

Following is a choice bit from Maude, a musical number performed by Bain, but figure on the audience being distracted by Carol Findlay (Adrienne Barbeau) dancing in the background........

Rest in peace, Conrad.


Tom said...

He was 89? He looked about 80 when he was on the show..

hobbyfan said...

Stunning, isn't it?

Conrad Bain was one of the most underrated actors of our time.