Bain as Arthur Harmon in Maude, 1975
|Born||Conrad Stafford Bain
February 4, 1923
Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada
|Died||January 14, 2013
Livermore, California, U.S.
Cause of death
|Education||Banff School of Fine Arts|
|Alma mater||American Academy of Dramatic Arts|
|Known for||Dr. Arthur Harmon on Maude,
Phillip Drummond on Diff'rent Strokes
(m. 1945-2009; her death)
|Parents||Jean Agnes (née Young),
Stafford Harrison Bain
|Relatives||Bonar Bain (brother, deceased)|
Conrad Stafford Bain (February 4, 1923 – January 14, 2013) was a Canadian-born American actor. His television credits include a leading role as Phillip Drummond in the sitcom Diff'rent Strokes and as Dr. Arthur Harmon on Maude.
Conrad Bain was born in Lethbridge, Alberta, the son of Jean Agnes (née Young) and Stafford Harrison Bain, who was a wholesaler. He studied at the Banff School of Fine Arts before serving in the Canadian Army during World War II. He later studied in New York at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, graduating in 1948; one of his classmates was comedian Don Rickles. Bain became a naturalized citizen of the United States in 1946. Bain died of natural causes on January 14, 2013, in Livermore, California, three weeks before his 90th birthday.
Bain had two sons and a daughter with Monica Sloan, to whom he was married in 1945 until her death in 2009. His identical twin brother is actor Bonar Bain, who once played Arnold Harmon, the twin brother of Conrad’s Maude character, Dr. Arthur Harmon. Despite a popular misconception, Conrad was not related to fellow performer Barbara Bain.
After a stint at the Stratford, (Ontario), Shakespeare Festival, Bain had further success as a stage actor in the 1956 Broadway revival of Eugene O’Neill’s The Iceman Cometh. The New York Times reviewer noted that his role was “especially well acted.” Bain’s other Broadway theatre credits include Candide, Advise and Consent, An Enemy of the People, Uncle Vanya, and On Borrowed Time. On Off Broadway, he appeared in the original run of Steambath. While doing stage work in New York City, Bain also found work on television, appearing in the soap opera Dark Shadows as the town inkeeper, Mr. Wells, during seasons 1 and 2. His character was killed off by werewolf Chris Jennings (Don Briscoe).
In the early 1960s, Bain was one of the principal organizers of the Actors Federal Credit Union. In an article in the Credit Union Times, he recalled that “the effort grew out of the fact that, at least in the world of financial services, actors and other performers got no respect and, more importantly, no access to credit.”
- “It was at a meeting of the Actors' Equity [Union] where a member stood up and asked why we didn’t do something about actors not being able to get any credit, much less a mortgage or anything like that. Someone else stood up and echoed what the first member said, pointing out that the issue really was one of equity and actors didn’t have any when it came to the banks.”
- “Remember this: no share payment is too small. The main objective should be to establish a consistent habit of saving. In return, you can have the security of knowing that there is a place to turn to when you need a loan, a place where you will be met with dignity and respect, rather than suspicion and prejudice.”
Bain served as the credit union’s first president.
In the early 1970s, Bain appeared in New York–based films like Lovers and Other Strangers and Woody Allen’s Bananas before achieving national recognition for his work in television. He is best known for his roles as Dr. Arthur Harmon, Bea Arthur’s title character’s conservative nemesis, who married her best friend, Vivian, in Maude (1972–78) and as Park Avenue millionaire Phillip Drummond in Diff’rent Strokes (1978–86), in which he adopted two African-American orphaned boys from Harlem, Willis and Arnold, to live with him and his daughter, Kimberley, and housekeeper, Mrs. Garrett. In 1979, he played Phillip Drummond in an episode of The Facts of Life. In 1996, Bain reprised his role of Phillip Drummond along with Gary Coleman as Arnold Jackson on the series finale of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.
- 1953: Studio One .... Dr. Caldwell (1 episode, 1952)
- 1956: Studio One .... Evans (1 episode, 1956)
- 1961: The Defenders (1 episode, 1961)
- 1965: The Trials of O'Brien .... District Attorney (1 episode, 1965)
- 1966: Dark Shadows .... Hotel Clerk / ... (4 episodes, 1966–1968)
- 1967: N.Y.P.D. .... Manager (1 episode, 1967)
- 1967: The Borgia Stick (TV) .... Lawyer
- 1968: A Lovely Way to Die .... James Lawrence
- 1968: Coogan's Bluff .... Madison Avenue Man
- 1968: Madigan .... Hotel clerk
- 1968: Star! (uncredited) .... Second Salesman at Cartier's
- 1969: Last Summer (uncredited) .... Sidney
- 1970: I Never Sang for My Father .... Rev. Sam Pell
- 1970: Lovers and Other Strangers (uncredited) .... Priest in confessional
- 1970: The Edge of Night TV series .... Dr. Charles Weldon #1 (unknown episodes, 1970)
- 1971: Bananas .... Semple
- 1971: Men of Crisis: The Harvey Wallinger Story (TV)
- 1971: The Anderson Tapes .... Dr. Rubicoff
- 1971: Who Killed Mary What's 'Er Name? .... Val
- 1971: Jump .... Lester Jump
- 1972-1978: Maude .... Dr. Arthur Harmon (118 episodes)
- 1972: A Fan's Notes .... Poppy
- 1972: Up the Sandbox .... Dr. Gordon
- 1975: Twigs (TV) .... Swede
- 1978-1985: The Love Boat .... Charles Custers / ... (3 episodes)
- 1978-1986: Diff'rent Strokes .... Philip Drummond (189 episodes)
- 1978: Grandpa Goes to Washington .... Robert Green (1 episode, 1978)
- 1978: The Waverly Wonders .... Tate Sr. (1 episode, 1978)
- 1979: A Pleasure Doing Business .... Herb
- 1979: C.H.O.M.P.S. .... Ralph Norton
- 1979: The Facts of Life .... Philip Drummond (1 episode, 1979)
- 1981: Child Bride of Short Creek (TV) .... Frank King
- 1987-1988: Mr. President .... Charlie Ross (24 episodes)
- 1990: Postcards from the Edge .... Grandpa
- 1992: The Adventures of The Black Stallion ...Racing Legend (1 episode, 1992)
- 1996: The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air .... Philip Drummond (1 episode, 1996)
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- Conrad Bain profile at FilmReference.com
- Conrad Bain at northernstars.ca.
- Americada (The place the great Philip Drummond who married Maggie McKinney Dixie carter Newsletter of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Spring 2003.
- "'Diff'rent Strokes' dad Conrad Bain dies at age 89; co-star Todd Bridges calls him 'father figure'". Fox News. Retrieved 16 January 2013.
- Conrad Bain at the Internet Broadway Database
- Conrad Bain at starpulse.com
- Brooks Atkinson, “O'Neill Tragedy Revived,” The New York Times, May 9, 1956.
- "Actors FCU's ATM Policy is Just One Effort to Serve Unique Acting Population," bu David Morrison, February 7, 2007 • Reprints, http://www.cutimes.com/2007/02/07/actors-fcus-atm-policy-is-just-one-effort-to-serve-unique-acting-population
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