Dana Plato

Dana Plato
1964 - 1999

Dana Plato  American Actress


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Rest in peace.


Dana Plato was previously married to Lanny Lambert (1984 - 1990).

Dana Plato was in a relationship with Robert Menchaca (1999).


American Actress Dana Plato was born Dana Michelle Strain on 7th November, 1964 in Maywood, California, USA and passed away on 8th May 1999 Moore, Oklahoma, USA aged 34. She is most remembered for Diff'rent Strokes. Her zodiac sign is Scorpio.

Dana Plato was in 3 on-screen matchups, including Christopher Knight in The Love Boat (1977), Landon Hall in Different Strokes (1998) and Lou Richards in Diff'rent Strokes (1978).

Dana Plato is a member of the following lists: American film actors, Actors from California and American television actors.


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Relationship Statistics

Dating1 4 months - -
Married1 6 years, 4 months - -
Total2 6 years, 4 months 3 years, 4 months 4 months


First Name Dana
Middle Name Michelle
Last Name Plato
Maiden Name Strain
Full Name at Birth Dana Michelle Strain
Alternative Name Dana Michelle Strain, Dana Michelle Plato, Dana Plato
Age 34 (age at death) years
Birthday 7th November, 1964
Birthplace Maywood, California, USA
Died 8th May, 1999
Place of Death Moore, Oklahoma, USA
Cause of Death Drug Overdose (suicide by)
Buried Cremated, Ashes scattered at sea
Height 5' 2" (157 cm)
Weight 112lbs (51 kg)
Build Slim
Eye Color Blue
Hair Color Blonde
Distinctive Feature Poster child of young stars that went wrong
Zodiac Sign Scorpio
Sexuality Straight
Ethnicity White
Nationality American
Occupation Text Actress
Occupation Actress
Claim to Fame Diff'rent Strokes
Year(s) Active 1971–1999, 1975–1999
Bust (inches) 34
Waist (inches) 25
Hips (inches) 35
Shoe Size 7
Official Websites www.danaplatoforever.com/
Father Dean Plato (adoptive father)
Mother Florine 'Kay' Plato (adoptive mother), Linda Strain (biological mother)
Family Member Tyler Edward Lambert (son) (1984-2010)
Friend Todd Bridges, Gary Coleman
Favorite Foods Pizza

Dana Michelle Plato (born Dana Michelle Strain; November 7, 1964 – May 8, 1999) was an American actress and model, who was best known for her works in television and film throughout the 1970s and 1980s.

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Dana Plato34 ScorpioActress
Robert Menchaca-
Lanny Lambert-Musician


NameGenderBornAgeOther Parent
TylerMale2nd July, 198535 years oldLanny Lambert


Pacino Is Missing2002Prosecuting AttorneyMovie
Silent Scream1999Emma JonesMovie
The Hostage1998LeslieMovie
Desperation Boulevard1998Dana PlatoMovie
Tiger1997Andrea BakerMovie
Compelling Evidence1995Dana FieldsMovie
Lethal Cowboy1995ElizabethMovie
Millenium Day1995Movie
Silent Fury1994Movie
Bikini Beach Race1992J. D.Movie
The Sounds of Silence1992Deborah NicholsMovie
Prime Suspect1989Diana MastersMovie
Growing Pains1985LisaTV Show
High School U.S.A.1983Cara AmesTV Movie
A Step in Time1981TV Movie
Hello, Larry1979Kimberly DrummondTV Show
The Facts of Life1979Kimberly DrummondTV Show
California Suite1978JennyMovie
The End1978Dancing Student (uncredited)Movie
Diff'rent Strokes1978Hans, Kimberly DrummondTV Show
Exorcist II: The Heretic1977Sandra Phalor (uncredited)Movie
Return to Boggy Creek1977Evie JoMovie
CHiPs1977Dana Plato, DarlaTV Show
The Love Boat1977Patty SpringerTV Show
What Really Happened to the Class of '65?1977TV Show
Family1976Debbie, Mary Beth SandersTV Show
Beyond the Bermuda Triangle1975WendyTV Movie
The Six Million Dollar Man1974Girl on the tennis courtTV Show
ABC Afterschool Specials1972Daisy DallengerTV Show
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Posted commentsView all comments (15)

wjerryzwjerryzJun 3, 2017

Such talent and popularity and so tragic of an ending

Trinity062131Trinity062131Feb 10, 2014

Poor Dana...It's really terrible the way she and her son lives were destroyed from that poison known as drugs!

daft24daft24Mar 7, 2010

Dana forever!!!!!!!!!!!

TomApr 2, 2009

Dana was a shooting star and we were lucky enough to have her on his earth for her brief life before she went to heaven.She was truley a beautfiul women

JamilahJan 31, 2009

She was a great actress and I wish she didn`t die so young .

JanetNov 26, 2008

Dana was on the Howard Stern show the day before her suicide. A combination of callers and a harsh attack on her and her life by Howard Stern, took her over the edge. She committed suicide the next day.

KennyJan 5, 2008

Dana was great! She also dated Todd Bridges for several years.

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