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Saturday, May 29, 2010

RIP Gary Coleman

"Wha-choo talkin' 'bout, Santa?"

Like many others, I've been touched by the recent, sudden death of actor Gary Coleman. I've been a longtime fan, and I want to point out that he appeared in several Christmas programs--including several forgettable roles in made-for-TV Christmas movies. However, this holiday episode from the TV series Diff'rent Strokes is my favorite. The 1982 episode is entitled 'Santa's Helper' and guest stars funny man Garrett Morris, a veteran of the sketch comedy institution Saturday Night Live and the sitcom Martin. This episode is awesome because Arnold (Coleman) takes on work as a bell-ringing, sidewalk Santa Claus under the tutelage of the dubious Mr. Jones (Morris).

1 comment:

  1. Oh my god, what a flashback! I loved this episode. It's so upsetting when they get robbed. I remember as a kid I was so shocked by it!