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Where does Whatcha talkin bout Willis come from?

Where does Whatcha talkin bout Willis come from?

Diff’rent Strokes
As Arnold Jackson, Gary Coleman popularized the catchphrase “Wha’choo talkin’ ’bout, Willis?” in the show Diff’rent Strokes.

Who used to say what you talkin bout Willis?

star Gary Coleman
Diminutive television star Gary Coleman made “What’choo talkin’ ’bout, Willis?” a household catch-phrase in the 1980s.

What you talkin bout Willis show cast?


  • Conrad Bain as Phillip Drummond.
  • Gary Coleman as Arnold Jackson.
  • Todd Bridges as Willis Jackson.
  • Dana Plato as Kimberly Drummond (1978–84, 1985–86 recurring)
  • Charlotte Rae as Edna Garrett (1978–79)
  • Mary Jo Catlett as Pearl Gallagher (1982–86)
  • Danny Cooksey as Sam McKinney (1984–86)

How did Mr Drummond get Willis and Arnold?

Arnold’s father died in 1975, and his mother died in 1977. His mother worked as a housekeeper for a wealthy white widower, named Philip Drummond (Conrad Bain). Before her death, his mother expressed her wish for her two boys to be cared for by Mr. He agreed, and in 1979, he officially adopted Willis and Arnold.

Is Gary Coleman Still Alive?

Deceased (1968–2010)
Gary Coleman/Living or Deceased

What does Whatcha talkin bout Willis mean?

This line was often spoken by Arnold Jackson, played by Gary Coleman, to his brother Willis (Todd Bridges) on the show Diff’rent Strokes (1978-1985). No, it’s not the plot of the new Annie; it’s the concept of the TV show Diff’rent Strokes. Those two bros were Arnold and Willis Jackson.

What happened to Gary Coleman’s money?

According to People Magazine, Coleman amassed and lost $18m during his career. He lost most of his money in a protracted legal battle with his adoptive parents who had control of his wealth until he was 18. By the end, he was left with just $200,000.

What happened to Willis from diff’rent strokes?

But for Todd Bridges, who played Willis on Strokes, Rae — who died Aug. Drummond, died after a stroke in 2013 at age 89. Bridges’ TV siblings are deceased as well: Gary Coleman was 43 when he died in 2010 of an epidural hematoma, while Dana Plato fatally overdosed on painkillers in 1999 when she was 34.

Is anyone from diff’rent strokes still alive?

With Rae’s death in 2018, Bridges became the last surviving original cast member. (Two actors who joined the regular cast later are still living as of 2021: Mary Jo Catlett and Danny Cooksey.) Bridges appeared in the 2002 special Celebrity Boxing with friend Vanilla Ice, who he defeated.

Why did Dixie Carter leave Different Strokes?

While filming the show, Dixie Carter reportedly did not get along with her co-star Coleman, who was her step son on the show. They would often clash on the set and there was too much animosity. She left the show after one season to star on Designing Women. Mary Ann Mobley would later replace her on Diff’rent Strokes.

Is Mr Drummond still alive?

Bridges is now the sole surviving member of the show’s core cast. Conrad Bain, who played his wealthy adoptive father Mr. Drummond, died after a stroke in 2013 at age 89.

What happened to Mr Drummond wife?

When ABC picked up the show, the producers contacted Dixie Carter to return to play Maggie Drummond, but she was unavailable because shortly after NBC canceled, she had landed her role on Designing Women (1986), so Maggie was recast with Mary Ann Mobley.