Update: Check out Gary Coleman’s Life in Pictures to see photos of the actor throughout his career.
Earlier today we wrote about Gary Coleman’s recent health scare that had him listed in critical condition at a Utah hospital. What started off as something bad has gone to worse as the former child-star has passed away at the age of 42. He was initially in a coma after he suffered an intracranial hemorrhage, and was put on life support. Now according to various sources his death has been officially confirmed.
His injuries were caused by a serious fall he took at his home in Utah, which is located 55 miles south of Salt Lake City. Friday morning a statement was released from Utah Valley Regional Medical Center stating the actor’s condition on behalf of his family. They said that he had gotten worse since the initial incident that caused him to lose consciousness.
Coleman was best known for his stint on the TV show “Diff’rent Strokes,” which aired from 1978 to 1986. He made the catchphrase “Whatchoo talkin’ ’bout, Willis?” his staple and became one of the most beloved TV characters of all time. Even though in recent years he’s suffered through many personal and legal troubles, we’ll always remember him as the kid with the crooked smile who made us laugh.
The majority of us know him from “Diff’rent Strokes,” but Coleman made a lot of appearances on other shows and in films that were just as memorable such as:
- The Little Rascals – Stymie
- “The Jeffersons” – Raymond
- “Buck Rogers in the 25th Century” – Hieronymous Fox
- “Jimmy the Kid” – Jimmy
- The Kid with the 200 I.Q. – Nick Newell
- “Simon & Simon” – Lewis
- “227″ – Otis
- “Martin” – Mad Dog No Good
- “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” – Arnold
- “Waynehead” – Kevin
- Son of the Beach – Saltine Cracker
- Church Ball – Charles Higgins
Out of all of these, the role of Mad Dog No Good on “Martin” was the funniest thing we’d seen from the actor in a long time. He made a guest appearance as an illusive gangster who had a serious issue with Martin Lawrence’s character and his friends. Check out his performance below…
After all the turmoil he went through over the past decade, do you think Coleman’s career was due for a revival?
We’ll have more on his life and death as the story develops.