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Has been portrayed by Dave Chappelle. (imdb.com)

Appeared on "Geraldo" (1987) in early 1993 and announced he had tried to commit suicide by taking sleeping pills twice. (imdb.com)

Finished eighth among the replacement candidates in the election to recall California Governor Gray Davis. He received more votes than fellow celebrity candidates Mary Carey, Gallagher, and Angelyne. (imdb.com)

Briefly owned a video game arcade in Fisherman's Village near Santa Monica, California. (imdb.com)

Works as a security guard. (imdb.com)

Discovered by a talent scout for Norman Lear, who signed him for a part in a TV revival of "The Little Rascals," which never got produced. (imdb.com)

He sued his parents over misappropriation of his trust fund. At the peak of his career, he made $70K per episode, a total of around $18 million in earnings! Coleman's parents set up a trust fund for his money, yet structured the arrangement to name themselves as paid employees of Coleman's production company. When the court finally dissolved the trust, the parents' share was worth $770,000, while Coleman himself had only $220,000. Coleman then successfully sued his parents and managers for $3.8 million. (imdb.com)

As of August 2003, is a candidate for governor of California in the recall election scheduled for October 2003. Has proposed a universal health insurance system based on a $30 flat monthly fee. The required $3500 filing fee was paid by an alternative newspaper in the San Francisco Bay area. (imdb.com)

May 2000: Announced that he is going to run for the US Senate seat from California against incumbent Dianne Feinstein on the HECK (Homelessness, Education, Crime, and Killers) platform. (imdb.com)

Ranked #1 in VH1's list of the "100 Greatest Kid Stars" (imdb.com)

Had his first kidney transplant in 1973. His second in 1984. (imdb.com)

Appearing on TV court in front of Mills Lane, Gary was ordered to pay bus driver Tracy Fields $1665 for hospital bills resulting from a fight stemming from an attempt to get an autograph in a Hawthorne, California mall. Gary said he felt threatened by her insistence and punched her in the head. [2 November 2000] (imdb.com)

2005: Ranked #10 in E's cutest child stars all grown-up. (imdb.com)

2007: Being portrayed as a character in the new Broadway musical "Avenue Q". The role is being played by on Broadway actress/singer Haneefah Wood and in London's West End by actor/singer Giles Terera. (imdb.com)


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