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The Life and Times of GARY COLEMAN will run at the Museum of Broadcast Communications, 360 North State Street in Chicago — Tuesday-Saturday from 10am to 5pm– from June 26 to
September 19.

Coleman, a Zion, Illinois native, was one of the most popular television personalities of the 1980’s; an engaging and happy young man who rocketed to international stardom. The exhibition will follow the Museum’s June 22nd benefit Salute to the MBC: Celebrating the Sights, Sounds & Stars of the 80’s. Gary’s parents, William and Sue Coleman, have donated many of his personal and professional artifacts and they will both appear in person at Noon on Saturday, July 20th to discuss Gary’s career and offer advice to parents who seek fame for their children.

Sony Television has donated a treasure trove of classic Coleman shows. Producer Norman Lear, who discovered Gary, and former NBC President Fred Silverman, who ‘green lighted’ the series Diff’rent Strokes, will offer their reflections on Gary’s career in an MBC produced montage.

The MBC will screen daily examples of Gary’s TV and film career, including Diff’rent Strokes, in the Polk Bros Theater.

To long-time Chicagoans, the exhibition will rekindle thoughts of this remarkable young star who started his career as a commercial spokesman in Chicago and then headed West to find fame and fortune.

Bruce DuMont, Niki Hampton
brucedumont@museum.tv, NHampton@Museum.tv

Photo: Gary Coleman with Flavor Flav

by GaryColeman.net on May 9, 2013

in Gary, The Man, Photos


Here’s a photo we discovered of Gary with musician and television personality Flavor Flav.

Flav rose to prominence as a member of the hip-hop group Public Enemy.

Photo: Gary Coleman and Wayne Gretzky

by GaryColeman.net on April 2, 2013

in Early Years, Photos


We recently discovered this gem of a photo of Gary Coleman with former professional hockey player and former head coach, Wayne Gretzky.

The Canadian played 20 seasons in the National Hockey League for four teams from 1979 to 1999.

Can you guess what year the photo was taken? We’re going with 1984…Gretzky was definitely with the Edmonton Oilers that year.

Happy Birthday Gary Coleman!

by GaryColeman.net on February 8, 2013

in Facts

Gary Coleman Birthday

In celebration of Black History Month we honor Gary Wayne Coleman, born on this day, February 8, 1968 in Zion, Illinois.

Gary would’ve turned 45 if he were alive today.

Happy Birthday Gary Coleman!

Gary Coleman Plays Baseball! [Video]

by GaryColeman.net on October 17, 2012

in Candids, Videos


Gary Coleman Plays Baseball! [Video]

In the video, Gary gets tossed in his first Minor League baseball at-bat as a member of the Madison (Wisconsin) Mallards.

He had too much pine tar and had corked his bat with super balls. The “skit” was all in good fun!

From 2008: Check out Gary’s first at-bat as a Madison Mallard in the summer collegiate Northwoods League.