Gary Coleman was a childhood star known for his role in “Diff’rent Strokes” and “What you talkin’ ’bout Willis?” He was 18 but his adopted parents had taken ownership of all of his earning.
In 1986, Coleman’s hit sitcom ended, but he had trouble finding other work in Hollywood. Coleman eventually won a settlement against his parents, but that was not enough to avoid bankruptcy in 1999.
After bad investments and lawyers’ fees, the diminutive Coleman had to work as a security guard. At the time, he only had $100 in cash.