Gary Coleman

Birthday: Feb 8, 1968
Birthplace: Not Available
African-American child star Gary Coleman grew up in Zion, IL, where his father worked as a forklift operator and his mother was a nurse. Before reaching the age of five, Coleman had undergone three operations for a congenital kidney defect known as nephritis. As a result of his medical condition, he would never grow any taller than 4'8". His smallness proved to be a professional advantage when he began appearing in Chicago-area TV commercials; even at the age of nine, he could still pass as a precocious five-year-old. In 1978, Coleman auditioned for a proposed television revival of the old Little Rascals comedy series. Though the project fell through, ABC chief executive Fred Silverman was enchanted by the talented tyke. Silverman cast Coleman as Arnold Jackson on the upcoming sitcom Diff'rent Strokes, which moved to NBC along with Silverman in the fall of 1978. It was this extraordinarily popular series, coupled with the precocious Coleman's spirited TV talk show appearances, that catapulted the ten-year-old to stardom. Within a year of Diff'rent Strokes' debut, Gary Coleman Productions was formed, for the purpose of starring the youngster in theatrical features like On the Right Track (1981) and made-for-TV movies like Scout's Honor (1980) and The Kid With the Broken Halo (1982). This last project was spun off into the Saturday-morning cartoon series The Gary Coleman Show (1983), with Coleman providing his own voice. An instinctive comic performer and extremely quick study, Coleman rapidly grew weary with the rigors of show business. As he grew older, Coleman's spontaneous cuteness faded. After the cancellation of Diff'rent Strokes in 1986, Coleman found the going decidedly rough. Occasionally he'd play a "stunt" part like a villainous gang leader on the TV series 227, in addition to appearances on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, The Drew Carey Show and other programs, but his short stature and ever-diminishing acting range made him difficult to cast. He still remained in the public eye, albeit as the central character in a bitter legal squabble between himself and his parents. Gary Coleman's later TV appearances were largely confined to a series of late-night commercials for a "psychic" telephone service, though he made headlines in 2003 when he ran in the Recall Election for Governor of the State of California, placing 8th behind winner Arnold Schwarzenegger and 6 others. Coleman died of cranial bleeding following a fall in late May 2010. He was 42 years old.

Highest Rated Movies



0% Midgets vs. Mascots Himself 2009
11% An American Carol Bacon Stains Malone $7M 2008
No Score Yet A Christmas Too Many Actor 2007
18% Church Ball Charles Higgins $0.3M 2006
No Score Yet A Christmas Too Many Pizza Guy 2005
No Score Yet How Arnold Won the West Actor 2004
23% Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star Himself $22.8M 2003
No Score Yet A Carol Christmas Ghost of Christmas Past 2003
No Score Yet Shafted! Mister Gary Coleman 2000
No Score Yet Like Father, Like Santa Ignatius 1998
17% Dirty Work Himself 1998
No Score Yet Off the Menu: The Last Days of Chasen's Actor 1997
12% S.F.W. Himself 1994
No Score Yet The Fantastic World of D.C. Collins Actor 1984
No Score Yet The Kid with the 200 I.Q. Nick Newell 1983
No Score Yet Jimmy the Kid Jimmy 1982
No Score Yet The Kid with the Broken Halo Andy LeBeau 1982
No Score Yet On the Right Track Lester 1981
No Score Yet Scout's Honor Actor 1980
No Score Yet The Kid from Left Field Actor 1953


No Score Yet Diff'rent Strokes
Director Arnold Jackson
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No Score Yet The Parkers
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70% Family Guy
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No Score Yet My Wife and Kids
Gary Coleman
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No Score Yet The Drew Carey Show
Drew's Double
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No Score Yet The Jamie Foxx Show
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85% The Simpsons
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No Score Yet MADtv
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No Score Yet The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
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No Score Yet Married...With Children
Inspector Himself
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No Score Yet Martin
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No Score Yet The Wayans Bros.
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No Score Yet The Facts of Life
Arnold Jackson
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33% Buck Rogers in the 25th Century
Hieronymous Fox
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No Score Yet Good Times
  • 1978
No Score Yet The Jeffersons
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