August 28th, 2006 12:18 EST
Judyth Piazza Interviews Todd Bridges on theSOP Radio Network
Judyth Piazza Interviews Todd Bridges on the American Perspective radio program which airs on theSOP Radio Network
Todd A. Bridges (born May 27, 1965 in San Francisco, California) is an American actor. Bridges initially gained fame for his role as Willis Jackson on the television series Diff`rent Strokes from 1978 to 1986.
Bridges was the first black child actor to have a recurring role on the hit series, The Waltons and Little House on the Prairie with Michael Landon.
Bridges has a brother and sister who are both actors, Jimmy Bridges and Verda Bridges. His mother, Betty A. Bridges, was also an actress. Todd is married and has one son, Spencer Todd Bridges, Jr..
Although he was arrested in 1997 for allegedly ramming someone`s car after an argument, he has since improved his standing in the public eye. Bridges has traveled the U.S. speaking to over 6,000 kids per day in schools and churches discussing the dangers of drug use, negative peer pressure, and promoting his religious beliefs. In 2001, Bridges rescued a woman who fell from her wheelchair while she was fishing.
He appeared as a contestant on the Fox reality show Skating with Celebrities, but was eliminated on the second episode of the show. Bridges defeated Vanilla Ice on a 2002 episode of Celebrity Boxing.
His Biography: "My Life: From Childhood Star to Prison B(i)tch" is due out in September 2006.
LOS ANGELES -- We`re guessing that "The Unauthorized Story of Diff`rent Strokes" may be the last installment in NBC`s "Behind the Camera" franchise, at least for a little while.
The network has set an airdate for the movie, which looks at the hit sitcom of the late 1970s and early `80s and the off-camera issues that befell its young stars. But it`s not exactly a showcase timeslot: The movie will air on Monday, Sept. 4, otherwise known as Labor Day and a day when TV viewing is not that high.
The "Diff`rent Strokes" movie is the fourth in NBC`s "Behind the Camera" series, which previously dramatized the backstage goings-on of "Three`s Company," "Charlie`s Angels" and "Mork & Mindy" -- all of which were ABC series. The new movie, which was completed last year, stars Bobb`e J. Thompson ("That`s So Raven," "The Tracy Morgan Show") as Gary Coleman.
NBC says the movie will offer "a powerful cautionary tale" about child stardom as it details the lives of Coleman, Todd Bridges and Dana Plato after the show ended in 1986. Bridges and Plato, who died of a drug overdose in 1999, both had run-ins with the law, and Coleman fought a protracted legal battle with his parents over his earnings from the show.
Bridges and Coleman each participated in the making of the movie and will appear in on-camera interviews, making this "Behind the Camera" more of a semi-authorized story than an unauthorized one.