“He is 20 mins older than I’m and he seems each and every minute of it,” Bonar Bain informed the Ottawa Citizen in 1974, taking a swipe at his “older” brother Conrad, famous person of TV’s “Maude” and “Diff’hire Strokes.”
The 2 Bain boys have been devoted to the dramatic arts program whilst attending highschool, taking turns each and every 12 months at enjoying the lead within the play. When Conrad headed to New York to advance his appearing occupation, Bonar selected a distinct, extra solid trail again in Edmonton, having a a success occupation within the airline, condo automotive and parking companies. Then again, that did not forestall Bonar from taking an occasional phase.
When the writers of “Maude” drummed up an episode involving the escaped-convict dual of Conrad’s personality Arthur, Conrad lamented, “I knew we have been in bother. The scriptwriters had my brother as a intercourse maniac.” After all, Conrad performed each portions and Bonar “most effective got here in for 2 traces on the finish when he will get stuck, however everyone concept it was once him the entire time.”
A identical enjoy took place at the “The Van Drummonds” episode of “Strokes,” the place Conrad performed their feminine Dutch cousin Anna Van Drummond, and within the scenes the place Philip gave the impression along her, Bonar acted as a stand-in.
Bonar went solo a couple of different instances, maximum memorably spoofing Conrad as alien double agent “Hank Bain” on “SCTV,” showing in a cartoon known as “Other Other people.” Again within the Forties, Conrad was once to be an additional in a Canadian warfare propaganda movie, however fell in poor health. Bonar stepped in for his brother, and remembered: “The casting director took one have a look at me and stated, ‘What distinction does it make?'”
Bonar kicked the bucket in 2005, at age 82. Conrad adopted in 2009, at age 89.
[Fun fact: Bonar once had a radio show in Edmonton with Robert Goulet.]