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Gary Coleman, child actor turned political candidate led a life in the spotlight. Throughout his 42 years he rubbed elbows with the likes of Sammy Davis Jr., Mr. T. and Lucille Ball among others. Gary Coleman became perhaps the most well-known child star in the country while on the show, Diff’rent Strokes, during the ’70s and early ’80s.

Known for his adorable looks, Coleman always looked younger than his years because of a congenital kidney condition that stunted his growth.

RIP Gary Coleman (1968-2010)

Thanks to The Washington Post for the photos!

Gary Coleman in 1979, while filming the TV movie ‘The Kid From Left Field.’


Gary Coleman with famed actress, Lucille Ball in 1979 filming the ‘Lucille Ball Special.’


Sammy Davis, Jr., and Gary Coleman, honored as Man and Child of the Year in 1980, by the Diabetes Foundation in Denver.


Coleman with his People’s Choice Award in 1980.


Coleman, on the set of ‘Diff’rent Strokes’ in 1983.



Coleman with Mr. T in a 1983 episode of ‘Diff’rent Strokes.’

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