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Gary Wayne Coleman
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Gary Wayne Coleman

(1968-02-08)February 8, 1968
Died May 28, 2010 (aged 42)
Provo, Utah, United States
Years active 1978-2010
Known for Playing Arnold Jackson in Diff'rent Strokes

Gary Wayne Coleman (February 8, 1968 - May 28, 2010) was an American actor. Coleman was born in Zion, Illinois, with a kidney disease causing nephritis. Nephritis is an autoimmune destruction of the kidney. The disease stopped his growth at an early age. Because of this, he was only 4 ft 8 in (1.42 m) tall. His height was his most notable feature. He received two kidney transplants, one in 1973 and one in 1984. He then needed dialysis every day. He was adopted. He was famous for his role as Arnold Jackson in the American sitcom Diff'rent Strokes. He died of a hemorrhage cause by an accidental fall in Provo, Utah.


Year Fil Other notes
1981 The Adventures of Gary Coleman and Barney the Purple Dinosaur and Jimmy the Giraffe 3D
1982 Jimmy the Kid
1994 Party Short subject; Coleman was also associate producer
S.F.W. Cameo
1996 Fox Hunt
1997 Off the Menu: The Last Days of Chasen's Documentary
1998 Dirty Work Cameo
2000 The Flunky
2002 Frank McKlusky, C.I. Cameo
2003 Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star Cameo
2004 Chasing the Edge Cameo; short subject
Save Virgil Short subject
2005 A Christmas Too Many
2006 Church Ball
2007 Postal

Television work

  • The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (guest) (as Arnold Jackson, with Conrad Bain as Phillip Drummond)
  • Good Times (1977 guest)
  • Diff'rent Strokes (1978–1986)
  • The Kid from Left Field (1979)
  • Scout's Honor (1980)
  • Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (episode "The Cosmic Wizz-Kid", also has a cameo in a later episode)
  • The Kid with the Broken Halo (1982)
  • The Gary Coleman Show (1982) (canceled after a few months) (voice)
  • The Kid with the 200 I.Q. (1983)
  • The Fantastic World of D.C. Collins (1984)
  • Playing with Fire (1985)
  • Like Father, Like Santa (1998)
  • "The Simpsons", "Grift of the Magi" (1999)
  • "The Drew Carey Show", "What's Wrong with this Midget? IV" (March 28, 2001)
  • Drake and Josh (guest)
  • A Carol Christmas (2003)
  • My Wife and Kids (guest)
  • The Jamie Foxx Show (guest) Cupid

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