Conrad Bain was born February 4, 1923 in Lethbridge, Alberta Canada.Â 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).
He has basically retired from the business since Diff’rent Strokes ended in 1986.Â In 1987, he was in the short-lived Fox series, Mr. President, where he was the chief advisor to George C. Scott in the series. He appeared as the grandpa in the 1990 movie, Postcards from the Edge.Â In addition, he did a guest shot as Mr. Drummond on a May 20, 1996 episode of the “Fresh Prince of Bel Air” along with Gary Coleman.
In 2004, he was interviewed for the special features for the first season DVD release of Diff’rent STrokes.
He has been married to Monica Sloan since September 8, 1945 and has 3 children.Â He has an identical twin brother named Bonar Bain who occasionally guest starred on tv series with him. He lives in Los Angeles.
AKA Conrad Stafford Bain
Birthplace: Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Executive summary: Phillip Drummond on Diff’rent Strokes
Military service: Canadian Army
Brother: Bonar Bain (his identical twin, b. 4-Feb-1923)
Wife: Monica Sloan (m. 1945, three children)
University: Banff School of Fine Arts, Banff, Alberta
University: American Academy of Dramatic Arts, New York City
Dark Shadows Mr. Wells (inn clerk, 1966 and 1968)
The Edge of Night Dr. Charles Weldon (1970)
Maude Dr. Arthur Harmon (1972-8)
Diff’rent Strokes Phillip Drummond (adoptive father, 1978-86)
Mr. President Charlie Ross (1987-88)
FILMOGRAPHY AS ACTOR
Postcards from the Edge (12-Sep-1990)
Up the Sandbox (21-Dec-1972)
The Anderson Tapes (17-Jun-1971)
I Never Sang for My Father (18-Oct-1970)
Coogan’s Bluff (2-Oct-1968)