Conrad Bain, with actors Todd Bridges (left) and Gary Coleman (right) in 1978 when they were starring on Diff'rent Strokes. NBC Television/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption NBC Television/Getty Images The Two-Way Conrad Bain, Mr. Drummond On 'Diff'rent Strokes,' Dies January 16, 2013 He was the kindly white adoptive father of two young African-American brothers on the popular TV series, which aired from 1978-86. Bain, 89, died Monday in California. The show made Gary Coleman a star. He died in 2010.