Conrad Bain, who played the stuffy-yet-kindly widower Philip Drummond for eight seasons on NBC's Diff'rent Strokes, died yesterday in Livermore, California. He was 89.
Born in Alberta, Canada, Bain was a prolific theater actor before he became a sitcom dad. He played Larry in the same 1956 Off Broadway production of Eugene O'Neill's The Iceman Cometh that launched Jason Robards's career; a 29-year-old Peter Falk played Rocky the Bartender.
Welcome back to our series Rembert Explains the '80s. Every so often, we'll e-mail 25-year-old Rembert Browne a video from the 1980s that he hasn't seen. Rembert will write down his thoughts as he's watching the video, then we'll post those thoughts here. This week's installment was selected by Grantland reader Greg Garman: Gary Coleman's Star Wars Spoof from the 1984 film The Fantastic World of D.C. Collins. If you have an idea for a future episode of Rembert Explains the '80s, e-mail us at email@example.com.