Conrad Bain, the star of the ’70s and ’80s sitcom Diff’rent Strokes, has died, his daughter confirmed Wednesday. He was just three weeks short of his 90th birthday. Bain had a long career of playing professional characters such as doctors and lawyers before his breakout part, a conservative neighbor of Maude on Maude. After that show ended, Bain landed his own sitcom, Diff’rent Strokes, where he played a Park Avenue widower who adopted two young black boys from Harlem—a rare sight on 1970s television.
OBIT Conrad Bain in 1984. (NBC, via Getty)