Picks and Pans Review: Catching Up with ... Todd Bridges

updated 04/05/2010 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 04/05/2010 01:00AM

>• In a raw memoir, the 44-year-old Diff'rent Strokes star details the abuse and drugs that sidelined him after the series ended: "I'm blessed I survived."

• DO YOU REALLY WANT TO KILL WILLIS?

No. When I was going through my struggles I was trying to kill myself. I embrace Willis. He made me who I am, so I can't be mad at him, you know?

STILL HEAR "WATCHU TALKIN' ABOUT WILLIS"?

On a regular basis. A teacher told me that a student who's, like, 10 said it to her-he has no idea about the show, but he knows the catchphrase.

ARE CHILD STARS CURSED?

I would never blame Hollywood. Hollywood did not throw me away. I threw Hollywood away. The positive is that I'm 17 years sober.

HOW DID YOU FEEL WHEN COREY HAIM DIED?

He was a good friend. I hope he's in a better place.

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