Gary Coleman will be remembered for one TV role more than any other accomplishment in his career, but the “Diff’rent Strokes” star — who died Friday (May 28) due to an intercranial hemorrhage — was mourned by people across the entertainment industry.
Some focused on what he had to overcome as a child actor, while others chose to remember him as Arnold Jackson.
“I’m at a loss for words upon learning of Gary Coleman’s passing,” said Janet Jackson, who appeared on “Diff’rent Strokes” as the girlfriend of Todd Bridges’ character. “I want to remember him as the fun, playful, adorable and affectionate man he was. He has left a lasting legacy. I know he is finally at peace.”
John Stamos, who starred with several young Hollywood names during his time on “Full House,” noted the difficulties Coleman experienced trying to overcome his “Diff’rent Strokes” persona. “Mamas, don’t let your babies grow up to be…actors. r.i.p. gary,” Stamos tweeted.
Tom Arnold credited Coleman with brightening up his adolescence. “He made my teen years funnier!” the actor and comedian wrote. “Now I hope people will stop bullying him.”
“Oh wow Gary Coleman passed away!” Kardashian tweeted. “My prayers go out to his family.”
Those words were echoed by Elizabeth: “RIP Gary Coleman. Diff’rent Strokes was a huge part of my childhood. My prayers are w/his family & friends-you’ll truly be missed Gary…”
Ashton Kutcher kept his thoughts bright on Coleman’s death, pledging: “I will always be a fan!” Others, including Alyssa Milano, Ken Jeong and Nick Frost kept their messages simple with “R.I.P.” tweets. Olivia Wilde also dropped an R.I.P. into her posts, adding, “Poor Gary Coleman. Hope it was painless.”
Kevin Smith may have summed up his feelings most eloquently, referencing one of Coleman’s best-known “Strokes” episodes. “Fare thee well, Mr. Coleman,” the director tweeted. “As Arnold, you taught us how to say no to pederast bike dealers. But as Gary, you taught us size doesn’t matter.”
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