Former child star Gary Coleman has been hospitalized in critical condition, a hospital spokesperson tells CNN and "Showbiz Tonight."
Coleman was taken to Utah Valley Regional Medical Center in Provo yesterday. The reason for his hospitalization was undisclosed.
Coleman is best known for starring as Arnold Drummond in the late-'70s and early '80s sitcom "Diff'rent Strokes." The NBC show, the story of two inner-city children who are taken in by a wealthy businessman, his daughter and their housekeeper, was built around the young star, who had a natural charm and way with a line.
His frequently uttered “Whatchoo talkin’ ‘bout, Willis?”, directed at his older brother (played by Todd Bridges), became a catchphrase.
However, Coleman has struggled in recent years. Afflicted with the kidney disease nephritis - the reason for his short stature - he's long had health problems. He was hospitalized in February after suffering a seizure on the set of a TV show.
He's also had money problems: He sued his parents over mismanagement of his finances; though he won a $1.3 million settlement in 1993, he had to file for bankruptcy six years later. He's also been in the news for appearances on TV court shows.
You could certainly see your skills in the paintings you write. The world hopes for even more passionate writers like you who aren't afraid to say how they believe. All the time follow your heart.
RIP Gary, you will be missed lil' fella
sorry to hear that Gary Coleman died after that drunken fall at home.
Okay, some kid apparently has all the time in the world to comment multiple times using different fake aliases...
As for the racist comments, you guys are quite pathetic.
There certainly are some childish, hateful, ridiculous, spineless excuses for human beings here making hateful comments about a poor man down on his luck. Even so, Mr Coleman has done more with his life than some of the useless, SPINELESS twits who have nothing better to do than take on the screen names of characters from 'LOST' etc and insult people. You are NOT being funny you guys, you are NOT being clever and you are NOT doing anything creative or useful. Why don't some of you 12 year olds get some humanity, get some brains and get a heart!! If you don't like what I've said I'm not going to hide like a COWARD behind my anonymous computer. I am Matthew D Lawson of Papakura, Auckland, New Zealand. Who the HELL are some of you?!
lets face it, one less black guy in this country is good enough for me! Thank goodness! Long live the KKK, we did it YEAH!!
he was just a Ni**er!! not like anyone cares, he needs to go back to africa! like all of the others!
I think he had major "trust" issues. I had seen him on TV too a few times(not in recent years) & he was bitter & angry & wanted to put his role as sweet Arnold way behind him. Todd Bridges recently wrote a book,was on Oprah–has been sober 17 years-has a great family now etc. Best Wishes & Blessings to Gary Coleman & yes,when some people do pray they can mention his name in prayer (nothing wrong with that). Peace.
when will RUSH die? Quick, someone call his drug dealer and have them perscribe something stronger, please?!
Every time he spoke on TV in the past several of years he seemed so full of venom and self hatred… I hope he recovers and learn to like and accept himself…
wat i dont eeven
Prayers to Mr. Coleman. He's had his share of HELL and I wish him all the best. So all you dipsticks here, Join the military if you are man enough (or woman enough), and see what HELL really is.
Any of you mess with Arnold , I will beat you down like James Brown!
You people are so mean! Leave the midget alone
Such a tragic figure in pop cultue. Amazing how every kid on that show was doomed. I heard Mr Drummond died of the worlds biggest anal fissure.
I miss him playing me on tv and I can't believe he also played Kevin Arnold on the Wonder Years
I am in Utah north of where he is.
Chances he will be transported north to here if he is savable. I lived near one of the best hospitals in the US. Top 20. I was recently dx with a kidney and heart problem You get dizzy a lot with kidney disease. I woke up very dizzy today after months of no symptoms. You know you just tick away the days and try to make the best life has to offer you.
As a newly dx CKD person. My hearts and prayers are with him. He has fought since child hood with his disease. Kidney disease affects your muscles your heart, your eyes, and you can become anemic, and dehydrated and have to watch the food you eat and salt and water or risk faster failure.
Manly ppl have kidney disease but never know until it is too later. Pls go ask your dr for a GFR test and GMP test. IF the test show your GFR below 65 you you have kidney disease but not kidney failure, yet.
I wish I had known sooner. I figurre i have ten yrs left. Gary had a lifetime.
Gary Coleman? No! Although many people criticise his acting abilities, he is still funny though. All the best fr Mr. Coleman.
has to be the longest running drama for a person under 4 ft tall.
OM F G!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WT F!!!! NOOOOOOOOO!!! POOR WEBSTER!!!!! WHY????!!!!!!!
I think you may be confused...I don't think this is the kid that played Webster....This is the kid that played Rudy Huxtebul.
I hope that someone can let Gary know that he is in my prayers. He has been through so much already.
I met him once in a crowed elevator. He said," BillyJaxKick,
Life....... in crowed elevators, smells different to midgits"!
I CARE!!! WHAT IS HAPPENING TO MY COUNTRY!!
Hand me a knife. This will be over before you can say...Did that really happen? OMG
Everyone knows clowns are silly, but angry clowns are dangerous!
Musta drank out of the same cup as Dana Plato; baaaaaaaaad luck.
You take the good, you take the bad
You take 'em both and there you have...
oh, wrong show.
My God he grew up to become a homely adult.
The great ones make it look like anyone can do it, when someone really gets famous for being the best.
Re: Todd Bridges
For the record Todd is doing fine. He had a rough patch in life, but he managed to get it together. I met him years ago at a California paint ball event and asked him directly. He, at the time was producing. He's an example of how to bounce back.
As for Gary, best of luck. I wish you speedy health.
Didn't he end up on a celebrity boxing match?
he was also on 'everybody hates chris'. he worked at the corner store where little chris had a part time job.
Cut the guy some slack..
He had a kidney transplant as a child. It kept him from growing normally..
He has had a rough situation to live with .
Lots of his issue's come from that..
I grew up loving this show as many did. Hope he gets well and I truly do wish him the best. He gave us lots of good laughs as a kid.
I wish him well. Dana plato and her son were very tragic. Some people cannot handle certain things in life. Todd Bridges is an amazing man. Unfortunately for him his name has to be dragged out every time something bad happens to one of the cast. And yes, I know "why then am I" because he always gets bashed, and he should be lauded for what he has managed to pull himself out of. Major junkie-dealing unknown on the streets with a loaded gun, sleeping in alleys. He's been clean for years and has a wonderfull family, but you don't hear aboout that, and most people DON'T want to hear about that. Bashing is much more fun.
what happened to dana plato's son? poor gary coleman – he has been angry almost all of his life. i hope he pulls through.
$British Prophet$, BP has no respect for Gods creatures. For over a year I have been stopping at MacDonalds in the morning and see a seagull standing on one foot. I throw a few chips to him and its a bit sad now that he is gone. Now it reminds me of the dead sea turtles in the gulf. Obama=more double speak. He admitted knowing of the problems when he took over from Bush. I'd expect this type of incompetence and bull from Bush. But everyone believed in the arrogant Obama hype. This is Obamas fault. He knew about the corruption and risk taking and did nothing but hang out at cool Washington parties. In fact he said oil rigs don't pollute anymore so drill away boys. Nice try blaming BP. Waiting for a month, hoping with the kids that this would go away didn't work. Call in another company with actual expertise and send BP the bill you ninny! You also have the Fatima and other information that they are covering up. People may ask is there any meaning to what is happening here? The government is behind the 8 ball because Big oil paid off everyone in government. There is no plan for alternative energy because of this. The angel is trying to say something.....Rev 16:3. Hillary, Kim J is calling your bluff. Let her rip? Or bold talk?
Quit trying to steal my thunder a$$hat!
Wasn't it Sarah Palin that said "drill baby drill?" well, BP did, THANKS SARAH PALIN! OUR gulf wouldn't be polluted if it wasn't for you! Now, crawl back into the hole you came from and DIE!! PLEASE!
Can't anyone in the U.S. spell correctly? Some of these posts are pathetic.
Spelling takes low priority in these forums. I could care less how most of the people here spell, but when someone makes a dumb point and tries to come off as intelligent while his spelling indicates otherwise, I will speak up. I could care less if the majority here cannot spell. It shouldn't matter to you all that much unless that is all you got out of this article.
The article fails to mention that he also frequently makes the news in Utah for his recurring domestic disturbances.
yeah or his 1337 appearance in that banned from stores Postal 2 game from Arizona.
Live damn you! LIVE FOREVER GARY I LOVE YOU!
Mike, I am on your side....
Ummm, why did he not go to school, attend college, get a real life? Childhood acting ruined his life, and his value system, he kept trying to be "cute" at age 40, it was pretty sick and wrong. Gag.
Wait, am I too late to say something like..."what are YOU talking bout Willy?" Is that how it goes? Who is this Gary character you keep talking about? Was he in Weird Science?
It's "whatchu talkin bout willis?"
Some others may have different versions, but that's how it sounded to me.
Obviously i'm not the kind of person to wish ailing health on anyone (unless you're a rapist, pedophile, Osama bin Laden or the New York Gaynkees), but lets be honest here, Gary Coleman was not a good actor. They took a 53 year old man who looked 11, to play the part of a child with an overplayed catch phrase. I wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors Mr. Coleman, but stay away from Tinsel Town dude. RIP E.H.
Get Well! Friend! and Soon!
I can't help but think that Dudley is somehow responsible for this unfortunate event.
More like the creepy old paedo bike dude
I hope Gary Coleman has a speedy recovery. Poor guy could use some good luck.
His name was Arnold Jackson, not Arnold Drummond. Get it together. Mr. Drummond wasn't his dad.
If Capt Mike Richards is really your name, you'll be Major Dick's after your next promotion.
Most of you all sound so silly.
Whatever you may have thought about his acting, he is still a human being. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Get Well Soon Mr. Coleman.
Gary Coleman was the Sh(T growing up. He is a human being and in pain. Half of you AssH0les are insensitive priKs.
Short people have no reason to live.
If he was white, this would not happen. White people killed him.
are you an idiot?
You shouldn't wish anyone bad health or harm unless it's Nancy Pelosi or Harry Reid.
That was uncalled for. I know – you can't help it - you are a republican!
No I'm not. It's not just Republicans in this country that hate em!
Should we put him in the death pool?
Fred and Sam, when you write "my prayers are with you" and "he's in my prayers" do you actually mention Gary Coleman in your prayers? As in, "Lord, thank you for this bounty you have given us. Please bless Mommy, Daddy, and Gary Coleman."
I met Gary a few times and he's actually a very nice and friendly guy in person. He's had a tough run in this lifetime so send him your love and prayers.
I'm not a doctor but I bet it will be a "short" illness.
I am a doctor, and you are 100% correct.
Another one that needs to be put out of OUR misery!
Gary was a child actor in commercials first in Chicago, the voice of Harris Bank, "You should have a Hubert Doll!!" And for an aluminum siding construction company. He was adored by the local public and cheered when he went off to Hollywood. His parents did in fact do their best to protect Gary's interests. They were not sophisticated people and probably too trusting. Gary eventually needed a lot of consuling for his chronic health and emotional problems but even today, that is not prominent in the fame game of Hollywood. A prayer for Gary is the kindest thing to offer him now.
It would suck to go through life as a midget. Even if you're a rich midget.
He ain't rich.
No, it doesn't suck to go through life, shorter than other people. It sucks to go through life thinking your life is better because of your height, your gender, your skin colour, etc. (All things which are genetically predetermined and you have no control over.) You have missed the whole point of being alive my friend. We all are different in one way or another, some abnormalities are more obvious than others, just as some gifts are more obvious than others. The point of being alive, is to take what you are given and use it to try to leave the world a little better than you found it. Pity me not. My students, readers, family and friends all look up to me, and I to them for we each have something to teach each other. Peace.
Wow...there are alot of really cruel comments on here! I bet you're all REPUBLICANS AREN'T YOU!
Nope those are the liberals Republicans are ones with the brain!
Wow...there are alot of cruel comments on here.
I hope that Mr. Coleman recovers and will soon be well.
According to the LA Times, his family claims he suffered a major head injury after a fall. If this is true, it's kind of pathetic that CNN wouldnt at least include that.
Hmmm, Maybe the LA Times should go into the Cable News biz.
sure hope you knocking him let us know when you get taken to hospital so we can PILE on YOU!!
I'm going back now, again. My head hurts, again. Pile away.
he's a woman hater and beater. he diserves whateva comes his way
That's a little extreme talk about us woman beaters.
Some of these comments are SO mean. And they made me laugh my a** off.
Hateful people always end up blogging so much because they aren't held accountable for their hateful viewpoints in real life. Coleman was a successful TV child star who entertained millions with his show. He's had a kidney disease since childhood that stunted his growth. His parents mismanaged the money he made as a child star. He rightfully sued his parents and got a settlement Unfortunately, he didn't use his settlement wisely. Why spew hatred at this man? It's a sad story. Who knows if he will recover and be able to straighten out at this stage of his life. Seems like the damage is already done. I feel sorry and sad for him.
You're exactly right. Bunch of cowards all talk big from behind their computers
I'm doing my talking in FRONT of my computer.
Get well soon Gary.
Best Wishes Gary!
Waste not Wast.... "Waste of sperm", but I do agree with Hmmm.
Mike, unless you are five, are a complete moron.
All of you people bagging on Gary are pieces of crap that need to get lives instead of wasting away writing hate comments that nobody cares about. Some people are so pathetic. Get well soon Gary!
Apparently you care Mike. "people are so pathetic"
Wow, talk about a contradiction.
Re-read you post you pathetic wast of sperm.
You are absolutely right, I don't know why I wasted my time commenting on a CNN news article. It was pathetic of me and I will never do it again because only idiots waste their time doing this. Thank you for helping me realize only idiots like you do this, it won't happen again.
I grew up with that show and he had a good future ahead of him but he allowed his parents to control his work and finances and they stole him blind. Then he fell in with a bad crowd as he grew older. His life has become a sad story. I hope he is able to pull through this medical problem and get his life on the right track.
I hope his security job has good health insurance.
He is too well known to lie and say he is an illegal immigrant in order to get his medical treatment for free.
I now understand why this country has fallen so far and so fast. Wallow in your own mud instead of slinging it.
I resent them calling him an actor.
Get well soon Gary a lot of people are rooting for you and wishing you much future success.
Mike, he came up to your waste? Did you poop on the ground, or what?
Childhood??? He's is still in his childhood.....Look at em.....
Had the honor of meeting Gary Coleman at a local baseball game a couple years back. He's aged incredibly, and he came up to about my waste. He was pretty cool – threw the opening pitch, signed a bunch of autographs, took a bunch of pictures with people. Hope he's alright.
You were standing in your own waste? With Gary Coleman? Are you sure it wasn't his?
maybe he had a diffrent stroke...
but clever... very clever.
I've already lost a daughter. Please send your good thoughts for Arnold.
Mr. Drummond, you're dead like me. Stop possessing internet trolls, and go back to hell.
When I get bored, I like too posses Whoopie Goldbergs body for ironic laughs. She gets bit of a chuckle out of it too!
Ya, and it was all fun and games till you came over and made out with my wife!
Release the Kraken!
The salted pork is particularly good.
He has always been a nutjob.
After the things Mr. Drummond did to him.... rip lil buddy
Who freakin cares...He's a piece of crap..always has been always will be till he takes the big dirt nap
People like you love to savor in the misery of others. What a way to go through life. You might want to seek some counseling.
You are an I-I-I-Idiot...
From the supporters of "Americans for Free Speech".
Now go find a dark little corner and cry you -m-m-m-moron.
what part of WHO FREAKIN CARES didnt you losers understand
All of it.
Easy now. The poor guy's childhood was taken away from him!
For money! More than probably you or
I will ever earn. No sympathy.
Wishing him a speedy recovery. What a sad young life- kidney failure and crooks for parents:( Stay strong Bro
He seemed very troubled in the past.
Every time he spoke on TV in the past several of years he seemed so full of venom and self hatred… I hope he recovers and learn to like and accept himself
What you talking bout Juan?
Bad acting? Well, I haven't seen anything he's done since Different Strokes, but I grew up watching that show. I saw a pic of him a couple months ago when he was in the news...he looked really sad...or it was a really bad picture. Either way, he's in my prayers.
He did a couple of movies. In one of them he played an angel or was guided by an angel... does anyone recall the name of that movie?
He was a cute child star! Parents stole, and spent most of the millions he earned! Poor guy! This cast is screwed up! Dana Plato, Todd Bridges!
Well, Dana's been dead for many years.
I never liked your spelling abilities. Too sucky.
Is it really you Gary? If so I wish you the best of luck with your medical situation and future. I have always thought you were wonderful and have left quite an impression. My prayers are with you. If it is not Gary, shame on you for using that name unless it is your name coincidentally.
Yeah, a guy who is in critical condition is totally responding to a post on the internet right now. Really intelligent, Sam.
Yeah, he's in critical condition....and posting on the web. Hmmm. :)
Hey Sam, it's me, Mike! I'm writing to you from somewhere south of heaven. Please hug some young boys for me, Sam!
Hey Sam, how's it going? Wish me luck too, okay? I may need it. Cheers!
I pity the fool that lies on the internet.
Why are you all picking on our little Sam? Sure he caused our show to jump the shark, but now he is just concerned for his half-brother!
Hi there Sam. If you're a girl I'd like to take you out for a date (send me your phone number), if not you're a loser idiot.
Don't worry – you're medical condition will make you the latest "washed up" star to get the love of the American Public which will allow you to make some SERIOUS CASH!! PS – how'd I look on American Idol the other night? I'll put a good word in for Mr. Trump for you.
Gary Coleman on Celebrity Apprentice? Great idea!
What are you talking about, Willis?
I thought I saw him on youtube smoking 40 cigs a day! oh wait!...
Gary Coleman has has bad luck all of his life. He never got to grow like most adults, and his parents were dirtbags. You really have to feel bad for him.
So true, his parents were scoundrels.
You should see Molly the pony. She made it out of Katrina, lost part of her leg and she is a fighter. Gary Coleman needs to stop being the victim!
I never really liked his acting. To sucky.
You mean TOO sucky.
So your logic is that since his acting is bad, it's fine for him to be hospitalized and suffer? Sir you have no heart ... or explanation for the continued good health of Matthew Mcconaughe.
I understand you and why you posted this. After all... It takes Juan to know Juan.
His acting is better than your spelling, Flaco.
No, Juan meant "to sucky" as in "to sucky up the scene." Alternate usages include "to sucky long time."
TOO bad Juan's mom wasn't more sucky. Then perhaps he wouldn't be here.
Whatchu talking about Juan?
He is a Complete Idiot!!!
Who's a complete idiot? McConaughey?
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