Gary Coleman $100,000 Per Episode Of Diff’rent Strokes
June 3, 2014 by staff
Gary Coleman $100,000 Per Episode Of Diff’rent Strokes, Coleman was cast in the role of Arnold Jackson in the television sitcom Diff’rent Strokes, portraying one of two young African-American brothers adopted by a wealthy white widower in Manhattan. The successful show was broadcast from 1978 to 1986.
Coleman became the most popular fixture of the show, enhanced by his character’s catchphrase “What’chu talkin’ ’bout, Willis?” At the height of his fame on Diff’rent Strokes, he earned as much as US$100,000 per episode. A Biography Channel documentary estimated he was left with a quarter of the original amount after paying his parents, advisers, lawyers, and taxes.
He later successfully sued his parents and his former advisers for misappropriation of his finances and was awarded $1.3 million. According to castmate Todd Bridges’ autobiography Killing Willis, Coleman was made to work long hours on the set of Diff’rent Strokes despite his age and health problems, and this contributed to his being unhappy and separating himself from the cast.
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