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.
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