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This article is about the actor and guest star. For the character, please see Gary Coleman (character).

Gary Wayne Coleman (February 8, 1952 – May 28, 2010) was an American actor and comedian, best known for his role of Arnold Jackson in Diff'rent Strokes.

As a child, Coleman suffered from a congenital kidney disorder. This condition, combined with the effects of the medications used to treat it, limited his growth and caused his face to retain a childlike appearance well into adulthood.

On Diff'rent Strokes, Coleman was arguably the key fixture of the show, thanks to his character Arnold's mannerisms, including his catchphrase. "Whatchoo talkin' 'bout?" Coleman achieved financial and critical success with his role as Arnold. Later, however, he struggled financially, and for the rest of his life had health problems related to his childhood kidney disorder.

On The Simpsons, Coleman appeared as himself in "Grift of the Magi." He died on May 28, 2010 from an intracranial hemorrhage after suffering a fall at age 42.



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Guest stars in Season 11

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Guest stars in Season 12

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