Gary Wayne Coleman (February 8, 1968 â€“ May 28, 2010) was an American actor, best known for his childhood role as Arnold Jackson in the American sitcom Diff’rent Strokes (1978â€“1986). He was described in the 1980s as “one of television’s most promising stars.” After a successful childhood acting career, Coleman struggled financially later in life. He successfully sued his parents and business adviser over misappropriation of his assets.
Coleman died May 28, 2010 after a fall in his Utah home from which he suffered a intercranial hemorrhage and slipped into a coma. Life support was terminated at the request of his wife, Shannon Price-Coleman, when it became clear that he was not going to recover.