Todd Bridges, who played Willis in the cutting edge drama "Diff'rent Strokes," has strong genes as his young son, is his look-alike, and has also chosen a similar career path as the veteran actor.
Fans would never forget the former child star actor Todd Bridges from "Diff'rent Strokes" who played Willis Jackson, the adopted son of the Drummond family.
He is the only core cast member alive at the moment; Dana Plato died in 1999, Gary Coleman in 2010, and Conrad Bain in 2013. After the show, he went through a series of problems but overcame them eventually.
Todd Bridges as Willis Jackson on "Diff'rent Strokes." | Photo: Getty Images
One of the actor's leading testimonies is his talented son, Spencir. The young star is already carving a niche for himself, and he looks exactly like Todd. Via images on Facebook, fans can see that father and son have an admirable relationship and look like twins.
THE BRIDGES LEGACY
Spencir Bridges was born in 1998 in Georgia but spent most of his growing up years in Los Angeles. He not only looks like his dad but already fits into the veteran actor's shoes as an actor himself.
Todd Bridges at the 2nd Annual HAPAwards on September 30, 2018 in Glendale, California | Photo: Getty Images
Like his dad, he began at a very young age. His first time behind the camera was when he worked with the Trinity Broadcast Network as a toddler in the production titled "Building Bridges."
After that, he continued on a path of building the family's legacy by appearing in other TV projects. Spencer's appearances include Nickelodeon's "Carly," "House," "ER," "Daddy Day Camp," "Foster Babies," "LAX," "Black Ball," "The Starter Wife," and "Big Ball'n."
TODD'S TROUBLING PAST/ FATHERHOOD
Todd had a very tough childhood plagued with abuse from his father, and his early years were characterized by drug abuse, addiction, and going in and out of court.
When the show ended in 1986, Todd had one of the most problematic lifestyles among his peers. He engaged in the business of consuming and selling drugs. He allegedly shot a drug dealer and even considered suicide, all to get away from the painful hurt of being molested.
However, the moment he realized that he had a problem and was ready to address it, things changed. After dealing with his drug abuse, he concentrated on having the best relationship with his kids.
Todd gives his kids the best in terms of everything needed to grow a child soundly. He has maintained sobriety for more than a decade and admitted that he is never scared of slipping back because of his responsibility to his children. According to his words:
"It is just something I wished I had never went to…..but at this same time...had I not gone that part I wouldn't be the person I am today..."
Eleven years ago, after he published his life story in "Killing Willy," he confessed that his father's attitude towards parenting influenced him positively.
The actor also urged other American parents to treat their kids like mini-adults and admit when they do something wrong to hurt their mini-mes.
At the time of the interview, Todd added that moving forward, his main focus is on supporting his family, taking on roles in any onscreen production available, and enjoying the best things life has to offer.
The "Diff'rent Strokes" actor touched down on the lessons learned from his time on the show. He explained that the drama promoted bond and connection between the whites and Blacks.
Also, love was the fundamental language preached, making fans know that people could be of different strokes, but it does not alter when these lines are blurred.
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