In the late 70's and early 80's but his adult life was tumultuous.
The former "Different Strokes" star suffered an intracranial hemorrhage Wednesday after a fall at his home, 55 miles south of Salt Lake City.
Coleman was initially awake and aware during his hospitalization,
But he lost consciousness Thursday afternoon and his condition deteriorated.
His height was stunted by kidney disease, but even as a ten year old, Gary Coleman was an instant sensation in 1978.
But 8 seasons as the wisecracking star of "Different Strokes" was followed by limited acting success.
Coleman did find trouble both financial and legal over the years,
Including a no contest plea to assaulting a bus driver in 1998.
Coleman married 22-year-old Shannon Price in 2007.
He remained confident he could achieve even if away from show business.
But now, Colemanís family, friends and fans are left with his shining memory.