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Gary Coleman

Gary Coleman (born February 8, 1968) is an American actor.

Born in Zion, Illinois, Coleman is most famous for the role of Arnold Drommond on Diff'rent Strokes in 1978. The show lasted until 1986. Coleman had a congenital kidney defect known as nephritis[?] that has halted his growth leading to his notably small stature (4' 8"), which has become his visual and acting trademark. He has had two kidney transplants, one in 1973 and one in 1984 and requires constant dialysis.

During the late-1970s and early-1980s, Coleman starred in a number of feature films and made-for-TV movies[?] including On the Right Track, and the Kid With the Broken Halo. As he grew older, however, the value of his cuteness faded, and after the cancellation of Diff'rent Strokes his acting career declined sharply.

Coleman famously sued his own parents over misappropriation of his trust fund for $3.8 million and won a $1,280,000 rulling on February 23, 1993. He briefly owned a video game arcade in Fisherman's Village near Santa Monica, California.

Once paid $70,000 an episode, Coleman filed for bankruptcy in 1999. In 2001 he was employed as a a shopping mall security guard in the Los Angeles area and unashamedley admitted to still being a virgin at the age of 33. He occasionally appears in cameo roles, most of which refer to his earlier acting career.

Coleman appeared in court on November 2, 2000 charged with assault. He was ordered to pay bus driver Tracy Fields $1,665 for hospital bills resulting from a fight stemming from an attempt by her to get his autograph in a California mall. Coleman said he felt "threatened by her insistence" and punched her in the head.

Personal Quote When asked by Howard Stern if he has had oral sex, Coleman said: "No! That's not a place for a young woman's face to be."



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