Conrad Bain

Conrad Bain

Highest Rated: 100% I Never Sang for My Father (1970)

Lowest Rated: 74% The Anderson Tapes (1971)

Birthday: Feb 4, 1923

Birthplace: Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada

An affable and professional performer on both stage and screen, actor Conrad Bain permanently entered the cultural lexicon as the rich, but caring father Phillip Drummond who takes in two orphaned African-American boys on the iconic sitcom, "Diff'rent Strokes" (NBC, 1978-1986). While his career may have been viewed by some as limited to that one particular show, Bain actually enjoyed a lengthy career that spanned four decades and included notable success on Broadway in Eugene O'Neill's "The Iceman Cometh" and Anton Chekhov's "Uncle Vanya." Throughout the 1960s, Bain amassed a résumé filled with small parts and uncredited appearances, but he was finally given the chance to shine with a supporting turn opposite Gene Hackman in "I Never Sang for My Father" (1970). The following year, he appeared with Sean Connery in "The Anderson Tapes" (1971) and Woody Allen in "Bananas" (1971), while starring alongside Red Buttons in the comedy "Who Killed Mary What's 'Er Name?" (1971). On television, Bain put his comic skills on fine display as the conservative foil to Bea Arthur on the classic sitcom, "Maude" (CBS, 1972-78), a role he played for the series' entire six-year run. He immediately followed with "Diff'rent Strokes," only to see his career stall as part of the show's so-called curse that greatly affected his onscreen children Todd Bridges, Dana Plato and Gary Coleman. Regardless, Bain achieved immortality thanks to endless reruns that perpetually introduced him to new generations of audiences as the quintessential TV dad.

Highest rated movies

I Never Sang for My Father
Postcards From the Edge
Last Summer
The Anderson Tapes



84% 66% Postcards From the Edge Grandpa (Character) $36.9M 1990
No Score Yet 43% Child Bride of Short Creek Frank King (Character) - 1981
No Score Yet 29% C.H.O.M.P.S. Ralph Norton (Character) - 1979
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Pleasure Doing Business Herb (Character) - 1979
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Fan's Notes Poppy (Character) - 1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet Fury on Wheels Lester Jump (Character) - 1971
74% 54% The Anderson Tapes Dr. Rubicoff (Character) - 1971
83% 74% Bananas Semple (Character) - 1971
No Score Yet No Score Yet Who Killed Mary What's 'er Name? Val (Character) - 1971
100% 82% I Never Sang for My Father Rev. Sam Pell (Character) - 1970
78% 76% Last Summer Sidney (Character) - 1969


No Score Yet No Score Yet Mr. President Charlie Ross (Character) 1987-1988
No Score Yet No Score Yet Diff'rent Strokes Philip Drummond (Character) 1978-1986
No Score Yet 100% The Facts of Life Philip Drummond (Guest Star) 1979
No Score Yet No Score Yet Maude Dr. Arthur Harmon (Character) 1972-1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet Tattletales Guest 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet Studio One Unknown (Character) 1952