Gary Coleman is mostly remembered by his 'Diff'rent Strokes' character Arnold Jackson - a cheeky inner-city kid adopted by a wealthy businessman who coined the wildly popular catch phrase, "What you talkin' 'bout, Willis?" The sitcom role, which he began at the age of 10, transformed him into the most popular child star in America. Coleman had a congenital kidney defect that required several surgeries and stunted his growth, making him appear perpetually youthful for his entire adult life. Coleman tragically died of an epidural hematoma in 2010 at the age of 42.
Gary Wayne Coleman (February 8, 1968 May 28, 2010) was an American actor, known for his childhood role as Arnold Jackson in the American sitcom Diff'rent Strokes (-) and for his small stature as an adult. He was described in the 1980s as 'one of television's most promising stars'. After a successful childhood acting career, Coleman struggled financially later in life. In 1989, he successfully sued his parents and business advisor over misappropriation of his assets, only to declare bankruptcy a decade later. Coleman was born in Zion, Illinois, outside Chicago. He was adopted by Edmonia Sue and W.G. Coleman, a nurse practitioner and fork-lift operator, respectively. He suffered from focal segmental glomerulosclerosis, an autoimmune kidney disease. Because of his chronic illness, combined with the corticosteroids and other medications used to treat it, his growth was limited to 4 ft 7 in (1.40 m), and his face retained a childlike appearance well into adulthood.
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