Conrad Bain

Conrad Bain

  • Highest Rated: 100% I Never Sang for My Father (1970)
  • Lowest Rated: 60% Up the Sandbox (1972)
  • Birthday: Feb 4, 1923
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • Wryly humorous Canadian character actor Conrad Bain was all wrapped up in such athletic pursuits as hockey and speed skating when, in his junior year of high school, he suddenly became fascinated with acting. He studied at Alberta's Banff School of Fine Arts, served in the Canadian army during World War II, then resumed his training at New York's American Academy of Dramatic Arts. He worked at the Stratford (Ontario) Shakespeare Festival and in live television before scoring his first real success in the 1956 Broadway revival of Eugene O'Neill's The Iceman Cometh. In the early 1970s, Bain began popping up in such New York-based films as Lovers and Other Strangers (1970) and Woody Allen's Bananas (1973). He gained national fame in the TV role of stuffy next-door neighbor Dr. Arthur Harmon on the Norman Lear sitcom Maude (1974-78). Bain was later awarded top billing as wealthy Phillip Drummond, foster father to Gary Coleman and Todd Bridges, on Diff'rent Strokes. His most recent regular-series assignment was as presidential aide Charley Ross on the George C. Scott TV vehicle Mr. President (1987). Conrad Bain's identical twin brother Bonar Bain occasionally guested on Conrad's various TV series. Conrad died at 89 in early 2013.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

84% Postcards from the Edge Grandpa 1990
No Score Yet Child Bride of Short Creek Frank King 1981
No Score Yet C.H.O.M.P.S. Ralph Norton 1979
No Score Yet A Pleasure Doing Business Actor 1979
60% Up the Sandbox Dr. Gordon 1972
No Score Yet A Fan's Notes Poppy 1972
70% The Anderson Tapes Dr. Rubicoff 1971
88% Bananas Semple 1971
No Score Yet Who Killed Mary Whats'ername? Val 1971
No Score Yet Fury on Wheels Lester 1971
100% I Never Sang for My Father Rev. Pell 1970
78% Last Summer Dan's Father 1969
No Score Yet Star! Salesman at Cartier's 1968
94% Coogan's Bluff Madison Avenue Man 1968
100% Madigan Hotel Clerk 1968
No Score Yet Gentle Annie Actor 1945

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

No Score Yet Diff'rent Strokes
1978-1986
Director Philip Drummond
  • 2018
  • 1986
  • 1985
  • 1984
  • 1983
  • 1982
  • 1981
  • 1980
  • 1979
  • 1978
No Score Yet Maude
1972-1978
Dr. Arthur Harmon
  • 2017
  • 1978
  • 1977
  • 1976
  • 1975
  • 1974
  • 1973
  • 1972
No Score Yet The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
1990-1996
Philip Drummond
  • 1996
No Score Yet The Facts of Life
1979-1988
Philip Drummond
  • 1979

QUOTES FROM Conrad Bain CHARACTERS

Semple
I'm sorry to disappoint you but I've known Fielding Mellish for years and he's a warm, wonderful human being.
Fielding Mellish
Uh, would the clerk read that statement back, please?
Prosecutor
I've known Fielding Mellish for years and he's a rotten, conniving, dishonest little rat.
Fielding Mellish
Okay, I just wanted to make sure you were getting it.