You are currently viewing our boards as a guest which gives you limited access to view most discussions and access our other features. By joining our free community you will have access to post topics, communicate privately with other members PM , respond to polls, upload content and access many other special features. Registration is fast, simple and absolutely free so please, join our community today! If you have any problems with the registration process or your account login, please contact contact us. Bridges claims Plato - who died from a prescription drug overdose in - introduced him to drugs, which led to his long battle with cocaine and crystal meth addiction. However, the actor - who has been sober for 17 years - insists he has taken responsibility for his actions.
At the age of 34, after years of struggling with poverty and substance abuse , Plato died from an overdose of prescription drugs. Plato was born Dana Michelle Strain on November 7, in Maywood, California to Linda Strain, an unwed teenager who already was caring for an month-old child. When she was three, her adoptive parents divorced, and she lived with her mother. When she was very young, Plato began attending auditions with her mother and from age seven began appearing in television commercials, in which she reportedly appeared in over commercials. Plato made her film debut at age 13 in the horror film Return to Boggy Creek In addition to acting, Plato was an accomplished figure skater, and at one point she trained for a possible Olympic team spot.
At a Glance …. Millions of fans watched him in the role of Willis Drummond in the series, which aired from to , and enjoyed him in guest — starring roles on other popular television shows in the s and s. Arrested several times for drug and weapons offenses, Bridges later admitted that cocaine addiction had sent his life out of control. It took over a decade to get his life back on track with his new — found sobriety, marriage, and a series of bit parts on television shows and in films. In Bridges landed a comeback role on the popular daytime television drama The Young and the Restless and participated in the sensationalistic Fox network broadcast of Celebriti; Boxing against former rap star Vanilla Ice.
The hit sitcom Diff'rent Strokes helped to popularize the " very special episodes " about serious topics that were so memorable from our childhoods. But drug abuse and crime weren't just subjects explored on the show, they also featured in the lives of the actors who starred in Diff'rent Strokes. It turns being a child star in Hollywood isn't as glamorous as we imagined. Bridges, who played the older of the two adopted brothers on the show, came from a family of actors, and started working in show business from a young age.