Director Recalls Working with 'Spunky' Gary Coleman
By Amber James Posted May 28th 2010 05:12PM
When news first broke of Coleman's hospitalization, Glackin wrote on PopEater's Facebook wall, "I had the opportunity to work with Gary Coleman. We got the chance to get to know each other. He is very professional on set and a great guy off set. He never complained and was full of great ideas. My love and prayers go out to Gary, his wife and those close to him."
Glackin spoke candidly with PopEater about his friendship with Coleman and what the 'Diff'rent Strokes' actor was like on and off set. >>
Glackin worked with the actor in 2007 on the set of 'A Christmas Too Many,' and the two quickly hit it off. "He was a pro through and through and full of spunk," he recalls, adding Coleman was always on time and didn't cause any problems for the cast.
While filming, Coleman had to leave early two days a week to undergo dialysis. "I really felt for him. He was going through a lot, and we worked with him to make sure his health was a priority," he recalls.
Coleman had battled various health issues and received two kidney transplants -- one in 1973 and one in 1984 --- to help curb the kidney disease nephritis, which he had battled for decades. The disease was responsible for stunting his growth.
Glackin says the actor was perceived inaccurately in the media. "He was to the point and told it like it was, which is difficult to find in a town full of people who are afraid to speak their minds," he said of the actor's personality. "Some people thought he was being rude or intolerant. He just knew what he wanted. He was really misunderstood," he adds.
Glackin had hoped to meet up with Coleman to talk about new films, but that never came to fruition. "After we worked together, I continued to mention him for other projects," he admits. "He was talented and deserved to work."
Even though he had lost touch with Coleman, he still had very fond memories of the actor. "Some relationships in Hollywood are fleeting and you only bond while on set," he added.
Reflecting on his time with Coleman, the first assistant director sympathizes, knowing Coleman's passing will greatly affect Hollywood and his fans. "He hasn't always had the easiest life, but he always rose to the occasion. He was much more appreciated than he thought he was."
Remembering Gary Coleman
SANTA MONICA, CA - JUNE 08: Actor Gary Coleman arrives at the 6th annual "TV Land Awards" held at Barker Hangar on June 8, 2008 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Jesse Grant/WireImage)
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