GARY COLEMAN Biography - Actors and Actresses


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Name: Gary Coleman                                                                 
Born: 8 February 1968 Zion, Illinois                                               
Gary Wayne Coleman (born February 8, 1968) is an American actor known for his       
role as Arnold Jackson in the American sitcom Diff'rent Strokes (1978–1986), and 
his character's catchphrase "what'chu talkin' 'bout, Willis?"                       
Coleman was born in Zion, Illinois on February 8, 1968. He was adopted by Willie   
and Sue Coleman. He suffers from a congenital kidney disease causing nephritis (an 
autoimmune destruction of the kidney), which halted his growth at an early age,     
leading to a small stature (4 ft 8 in; 1.42 m). He has undergone two kidney         
transplants, one in 1973 and one in 1984, and requires daily dialysis.             
Coleman appeared in several media productions, but is best known for his role as   
Arnold Jackson in Diff'rent Strokes.                                               
Coleman secretly wed his girlfriend of 5 months, Shannon Price, 22, on August 28,   
2007. Coleman nevertheless revealed to "US Weekly" that sex isn't a part of         
his marriage and that he is in fact a virgin. "It'll happen when it'll happen       
and it'll happen for all the right reasons", he is quoted as saying in February     
of 2008.