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Gary Wayne Coleman (born February 8, 1968) is an American actor known for his role as Arnold Jackson in the American sitcom Diff'rent Strokes (1978–1986), and his character's catchphrase "what'chu talkin' 'bout, Willis?"
Coleman was born in Zion, Illinois on February 8, 1968. He was adopted by Willie and Sue Coleman. He suffers from a congenital kidney disease causing nephritis (an autoimmune destruction of the kidney), which halted his growth at an early age, leading to a small stature (4 ft 8 in; 1.42 m). He has undergone two kidney transplants, one in 1973 and one in 1984, and requires daily dialysis.
Coleman appeared in several media productions, but is best known for his role as Arnold Jackson in Diff'rent Strokes.
Coleman was a candidate for governor in the 2003 California recall election. This campaign was sponsored by the free newsweekly the East Bay Express as a satirical comment on the recall. After Arnold Schwarzenegger announced his candidacy, Coleman stated that he would be voting for Schwarzenegger. Coleman placed 8th in a field of 135 candidates, receiving 14,242 votes.