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Conrad Bain, best known for playing a white millionaire who adopts two young black boys in 80s sitcom Diff’rent Strokes, has died aged 89.

Actor Conrad Bain, who starred opposite a young Gary Coleman in the show, died in California of natural causes, his daughter said.

The comedy, which played on the contrasting lifestyles of rich white and poor black communities in the US, was seen as groundbreaking in the 70s.

It ran for eight seasons, over six years, coming to an end in 1986.

Its success was largely attributed to the play-off between the mischievous young Arnold (played by Gary Coleman) and Conrad Bain’s character, Phillip Drummond, a rich, widowed industrialist who takes in the two young sons of his housekeeper after she dies.

Gary Coleman’s oft-repeated line to his brother, “What you talkin’ ’bout, Willis?” became a catchphrase of the era.

The younger stars of the show were later caught up in controversy, with Gary Coleman dying following a brain haemorrhage at the age of 42, after years of financial and legal woes.

Conrad Bain, best known for playing a white millionaire who adopts two young black boys in 80s sitcom Diff'rent Strokes, has died aged 89

Conrad Bain, best known for playing a white millionaire who adopts two young black boys in 80s sitcom Diff’rent Strokes, has died aged 89

Co-star Dana Plato, who played Phillip Drummond’s daughter in the show, died in 1999 after an apparent drug overdose, while Todd Bridges, who played Gary Coleman’s elder brother in the show, revealed that years of childhood abuse led to drug addiction.

“It’s painful,” Conrad Bain once told a journalist.

“It is really painful. It leaves you with such a helpless feeling. I can’t bear the thought. I love them all.”

Todd Bridges, who eventually conquered his addiction, told a magazine that Bain had become like a real father to him.

Conrad Bain would revive his character for a one-off episode of the 1990s sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, starring Will Smith – whose storyline, about a rapper from the mean streets of Philadelphia who moves into a life of luxury in California, in many ways echoed the earlier show.

Success for the Canadian-born actor began on the stage and daytime television – notably in the cult vampire drama Dark Shadows – recently made into film by Tim Burton, starring Johnny Depp.

His first prime-time role was opposite The Golden Girls’ Bea Arthur in Maude (1972-78), playing an uptight physician. The success of the show led to his casting in Diff’rent Strokes.

After becoming a household name in the 1980s, Conrad Bain starred in the short-lived political comedy Mr. President, and returned frequently to the stage throughout his career, last appearing on Broadway in 1992.

Conrad Bain is survived by his daughter, Jennifer, and two sons, Mark and Kent. His wife Monica died in 1999.

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Alfonso Ribeiro and Angela Unkrich were married Saturday at the Lakeside Golf Club in Burbank, California.

And now Alfonso Ribeiro, 41, and AngelaUnkrich, 31, are sharing their wedding photos exclusively in the new issue of In Touch, currently on newstands.

Alfonso Ribeiro wore a black tuxedo, white waistcoat and white tie and there was a white rose in his lapel.

Angela Unkrich was a vision of loveliness in a strapless Rivini gown, white veil and Judith Ripka Brides jewels, and as she walked down the aisle she carried a bouquet of white roses.

“I had a permanent smile on my face the whole night,” Alfonso Ribeiro told In Touch.

The morning after the big day, Alfonso Ribeiro tweeted: “Last night I got married to the most incredible woman in the world.”

Alfonso Ribeiro and Angela Unkrich were married Saturday at the Lakeside Golf Club in Burbank

Alfonso Ribeiro and Angela Unkrich were married Saturday at the Lakeside Golf Club in Burbank

Alfonso Ribeiro’s career started on TV’s Silver Spoons but he is perhaps best known for his role as Will Smith’s spoiled but lovable cousin Carlton Banks on the ’90s hit The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.

The ceremony was attended by 175 guests that included friends like singer Joey Fatone, Alfonso Ribeiro’s Silver Spoons co-star Ricky Schroder and Fresh Prince’s Tatyana Ali.

“It was just beautiful,” said Alfonso Ribeiro, who has worked as a director and now hosts the game show Catch 21.

On Twitter, Alfonso Ribeiro added: “Just want to say thank you to my wonderful wedding planner @MikieRusso for helping make our wedding day so special and beautiful…THANK U!”

This is the second marriage for Alfonso Ribeiro, who was has a 9-year-old daughter Sienna with his ex-wife Robin Stapler.

 

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Fresh Prince of Bel Air star Alfonso Ribeiro has married his fiancée Angela Unkrich.

Alfonso Ribeiro and Angela Unkrich wed in a ceremony in California, according to People magazine.

It is a second marriage for Alfonso Ribeiro, who was has a 9-year-old daughter Sienna with his ex-wife Robin Stapler.

Alfonso Ribeiro is best known as Will Smith’s rich spoiled cousin Carlton Banks in the popular TV show Fresh Prince of Bel Air, which ran from 1990 to 1996.

His famous “Carlton dance” saw him jiving to Tom Jones in a clip which went viral on YouTube.

Alfonso Ribeiro has married his fiancée Angela Unkrich

Alfonso Ribeiro has married his fiancée Angela Unkrich

Alfonso Ribeiro, now 41, got his start in showbusiness on the 1980s series Silver Spoons and once danced with Michael Jackson in a Pepsi commercial.

He more recently worked as a director and now hosts gameshow Catch 21.

Alfonso Ribeiro was recently seen on TV reprising the role of Carlton in an episode of Big Time Rush.