Todd Bridges

Todd Bridges

Highest Rated: 88% An Open Secret (2014)

Lowest Rated: 20% That's My Boy (2012)

Birthday: May 27, 1965

Birthplace: San Francisco, California, USA

Like his best known character Willis Jackson, Todd Bridges experienced a real-life reversal of fortune. But instead of the classic rags-to-riches tale, Bridges' off-screen story took a sad turn, fueled by a drug addiction, abuse and the typical trappings of too-soon childhood stardom. Beginning in the late 1970s, the talented actor became a teen idol as Gary Coleman's older and street-smart brother on the hit comedy, "Diff'rent Strokes" (NBC, 1978-1986), even inspiring one of the medium's most iconic catchphrases: "Whatchoo talkin' 'bout Willis?" Lauded for its witty dialogue and stellar performances, the groundbreaking series became one of the first shows to shed light on controversial subjects such as poverty, child molestation and drug use. During his stint on "Strokes," Bridges became a highly sought after TV celebrity, appearing on popular programs like "The Facts of Life" (CBS, 1979-1988) and "The Love Boat" (ABC, 1977-1986). "Diff'rent Strokes" enjoyed high ratings during its eight-year run but when it ended, so too did Bridges career. Unable to reinvent himself as an adult actor, he quickly turned to a life of crime and drug addiction. Bridges' substance abuse consumed him; he had several run-ins with the law and faced criminal charges that almost earned him a life sentence for fatally shooting a drug dealer. It took nearly a decade for Bridges to get sober and start rebuilding his life. After watching many of his child star contemporaries lose their way and, at times, their lives, Bridges' struggle became an inspiration and a testament to surviving in a brutal business.

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Highest rated movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Wrestling Christmas Miracle Prosecutor Denuyl (Character) - 2020
No Score Yet No Score Yet I Got Five on It 3 Jimmy (Character) - 2020
No Score Yet 86% Dependent's Day Hank Wright (Character) - 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet Zodiac: San Franpsycho Officer Eckersley (Character) - 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet Nightblade Detective Francesco (Character) - 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet Precious Mettle Sam (Character) - 2016
88% 75% An Open Secret Himself (archive footage) (Character) - 2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet Turning Point Marvin (Character) - 2012
20% 51% That's My Boy Self $36.9M 2012
No Score Yet 45% See Dick Run ATM (Character) - 2009
No Score Yet No Score Yet I Got Five on It Too Jimmy (Character) - 2009
No Score Yet No Score Yet Big Ball'n Unknown (Character),
Producer
- 2007
No Score Yet 18% Death Row Mark Violet (Character) - 2007
No Score Yet No Score Yet Behind the Camera: The Unauthorized Story of Diff'rent Strokes Self - 2006
No Score Yet No Score Yet San Franpsycho Officer Eckersley (Character) - 2006
No Score Yet 0% The Damned Rick (Character) - 2006
No Score Yet No Score Yet Alien Express Peter (Character) - 2005
No Score Yet 12% Issues Unknown (Character) - 2005
No Score Yet 46% I Got Five on It Jimmy (Character) - 2005
No Score Yet 36% Treasure N tha Hood Unknown (Character) - 2005
No Score Yet No Score Yet Jane Doe: Now You See It, Now You Don't The Man (Character) - 2005
57% 29% Pauly Shore Is Dead Self - 2004
No Score Yet 21% Curse of the Maya Ruben Herardo (Character) - 2004
No Score Yet 72% The Climb Eddie (Character) $78.7K 2002
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dumb Luck Lincoln (Character) - 2001
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Darkling Unknown (Character) - 2000
No Score Yet No Score Yet Flossin Terry (Character),
Producer
- 2000
No Score Yet No Score Yet Flat Out Dr. Acosta (Character) - 1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Thief and the Stripper Burn (Character) - 1998
No Score Yet 20% Busted Billy (Character) - 1996
No Score Yet No Score Yet Distortions Joe Goodman (Character) - 1992
No Score Yet 39% High School U.S.A. Otto Lipton (Character) - 1983
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Return of the Mod Squad Jason Hayes (Character) - 1979
No Score Yet No Score Yet Behind the Badge Todd York (Character) - 1977

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Haunted Encounters Unknown (Character) 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Dr. Oz Show Guest 2016-2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet Battle of the Network Stars Guest 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet Coming to the Stage Unknown (Character) 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet Exhale Guest 2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet Oprah: Where Are They Now? Guest 2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet Katie Guest 2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Oprah Winfrey Show Guest 2010
No Score Yet No Score Yet Today Guest 2010
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Wendy Williams Show Guest 2010
95% 98% Everybody Hates Chris Monk (Guest Star) 2007-2009
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hulk Hogan's Celebrity Championship Wrestling Contestant 2008
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Surreal Life Unknown (Guest Star) 2004
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Rerun Show Unknown (Guest Star) 2002
No Score Yet No Score Yet Son of the Beach Unknown (Guest Star) 2001
91% No Score Yet The Ben Stiller Show Unknown (Guest Star) 1992
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Joan Rivers Show Guest 1990
No Score Yet No Score Yet Diff'rent Strokes Willis Jackson (Character) 1978-1986
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Facts of Life Willis Drummond (Guest Star) 1981 1979
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Waltons Unknown (Guest Star) 1977-1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet Fish Loomis (Character) 1977-1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet Little House on the Prairie Solomon Henry (Guest Star) 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Practice Unknown (Guest Star) 1976
No Score Yet No Score Yet Barney Miller Truman Jackson (Guest Star) 1975

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