*Todd Bridges, most known for his role on the TV series “Diff’rent Strokes,” will be featured on the next episode of “Oprah: Where Are They Now.”
Bridges is one of the most famous young actors of the 70’s and 80’s. But after years and years of wild behavior, dangerous antics, countless arrests and rehab visits, he has become the poster child for young stars gone bad.
Bridges once admitted to pimping and drug dealing on the “Oprah Show.” Now, as the sole surviving member of the fictional “Diff’rent Strokes” Drummond family, Todd Bridges talks about how he dealt with those losses and about the most important role of his life, being a father, on the show.
Bridges is best known for playing Willis Jackson on “Diff’rent Strokes.” Before that, he had appeared on “The Waltons” and “Little House on the Prairie.” However, much like his fellow costars Gary Coleman and Dana Plato, Bridges faced tough times following the conclusion of “Diff’rent Strokes.” During his 20s, Todd Bridges battled a crack cocaine addiction which lead to legal issues when he was tried for attempted murder of a Los Angeles area drug dealer.
He has now been sober for twenty years and spends his time being a father to his two children. In this tell-all interview, Bridges talks about dealing with the loss of his cast mates, and how fatherhood has changed his life.
Also on the next “Oprah: Where Are They Now” this Sunday at 8pm/7c on OWN are features on Erin Brockovich and Fabio.
*As we reported last year, the former child actor,Todd Bridges, whose life went asunder because of drugs, and his longtime wife of 14 years, Dori, are divorcing.
Todd, who came to fame on “Diff’rent Strokes,” recently filed documents in the divorce case stating that he makes less than $25,000 a year as an actor. To be exact, he says he only made $22,500 … before taxes
If you do the math, it’s just not enough. According to the court documents, Bridges says he spends roughly $4,306 per month … including a $1,520 monthly mortgage payment.
He says Dori was making $1,750 per month, but their combine still wasn’t enough to cover their average monthly spending
TMZ says the real issue is over how much child support Todd will have to ante up.
Todd and Dori Bridges may be getting unmarried, but he but insists the two – who have 1 child together – remain good friends.
Actor Todd Bridges (“Diff’rent Strokes”) is 48
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May 27: Musician Ramsey Lewis is 78. Actor Louis Gossett Jr. is 77. Actor Todd Bridges (“Diff’rent Strokes”) is 48. Rapper Andre 3000 of Outkast is 38. Rapper Jadakiss is 38.
May 27, 1958: Ernest Green graduated from Little Rock’s Central High School with six hundred white classmates. (Source: www.BlackFacts.com)
*Actor Todd Bridges has spoken out about the death of his longtime TV dad Conrad Bain at age 89.
For eight seasons, Bridges played the adopted son to Bain’s millionaire character Mr. Drummond on the hit NBC sitcom “Diff’rent Strokes.”
Now the sole survivor of the show’s core cast — Dana Plato committed suicide in 1999, and Gary Coleman died after falling down a flight of stairs in 2010 — Bridges says he’ll miss the man who was his surrogate father both on and off the screen.
“This is probably one of the most heart-wrenching days I’ve had in a long time,” Bridges, now 47, tells The Hollywood Reporter. “That Conrad’s not going to be around anymore to talk to. Whenever I needed advice, I’d call Conrad.”
The two first met in 1977, when a 12-year-old Bridges — who had already starred alongside Abe Vigoda on ABC’s “Barney Miller” spinoff, “Fish” — was cast with Bain and Coleman to star in a 20-minute presentation for NBC executives. The chemistry between the trio was so effortless, the network brass bought a full season on the spot.
“First time in history they bought 26 shows based on a presentation like that — a balcony scene that me, Conrad and Gary worked on together,” Bridges recalls.
“Diff’rent Strokes” was an instant hit with audiences, which Bridges partly attributes to the country’s frayed social landscape at the time: “It was during a time that race relations were kind of poor in America, and it kind of hit home that it doesn’t matter what color you are. Whoever God puts in front of you is who you’re supposed to love,” he said.
*Diff’rent Strokes star Todd Bridges and his wife Dori have called it quits after 14 years together.
“The Bridges have decided that disunion is in the best interest of their collective futures,” Bridges’ rep told People in a statement. “Although Todd and Dori are going their separate ways, they are mutually committed to the well-being of their son [Spencir, 13].”
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Bridges first tweeted about the breakup on Friday, writing: “She’s a great mother I’m glad to have had the years to know her and have a great kid with her as we know, people grow apart and we did.”
The 47-year-old made history as the first African-American child actor with a recurring role on a successful TV series when he joined “The Waltons.” He then rose to fame as Arnold Jackson’s older brother Willis on “Diff’rent Strokes.”
Singer Ciara was spotted leaving a nail salon in Los Angeles (Jan. 18, 2012)
*It appears as if 2012 will mark a comeback of sorts for Ciara.
The singer, and new Epic Records recording artist (after signing last Fall), has joined the cast of Adam Sandler’s recently renamed comedy “Donny’s Boy.”
Formerly known as “I Hate You, Dad,” the film focuses on a father (Sandler) who moves in with his son just before his wedding. According to IMDB, Ciara is set to portray a character named Brie.
Due in theaters June 15, the comedy also stars Vanilla Ice, Todd Bridges, Leighton Meester and Will Forte.