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William Conrad

Television Director / Actor / Film Director / Film Producer | * 09/27/1920 († 73, 02/11/1994) | Louisville, Kentucky
William Conrad (September 27, 1920 – February 11, 1994) was an American World War II fighter pilot, actor, producer, and director whose career spanned five decades in radio, film, and television, peaking in popularity when he starred in the detective series Cannon (1971–1976). A radio writer and actor, he moved to Hollywood after his World War II service and played a series of character roles in films beginning with the film noir The Killers (1946). He created the role of Marshal Matt Dillon for the radio series Gunsmoke (1952–1961) and narrated the television adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle (1959–1964) and The Fugitive (1963–1967). Finding fewer onscreen roles in the 1950s, he changed from actor to producer-director with television work, narration, and a series of Warner Bros. films in the 1960s. Conrad found stardom as a detective in the TV series Cannon (1971–1976) and ()
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Conrad was born William Cann in Louisville, Kentucky, the son of a theatre-owner who moved to southern California, where he excelled at drama and literature while at school. Starting work in radio in the late 1930s in California, Conrad went on to serve as a fighter pilot in World War II. He entered the army in 1942, and was commissioned at Luke Field, Arizona in 1943 (now Luke Air Force Base). On the day of his commission he married June Nelson. He returned to the airwaves after the war, going on to accumulate over 7,000 roles in radio by his own estimate. Among Conrad's various film roles, where he was usually cast as threatening figures, perhaps his most notable role was his first credited one, as one of the gunmen sent to eliminate Burt Lancaster in the 1946 film The Killers. He also appeared in Body and Soul (1947), Sorry, Wrong Number, Joan of Arc (both 1948), and The Naked Jungle (1954). As a producer for Warner Brothers, he made a string of feature films, including An American Dream (1966, retitled See You in Hell, Darling for British release), A Covenant With Death (1966), First to Fight (1967) and The Cool Ones (1967), and also directed My Blood Runs Cold, Brainstorm and Two on a Guillotine (all 1965).

Most frequent genres for this person: Drama | Crime | Thriller

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Movies with William Conrad as Actor(43)

as Self (voice) (uncredited)2009 The Box
as Narrator (voice)1991 Hudson Hawk
as Narrator1987 The Highwayman
as Mr. Mahoney1986 Killing Cars
as Sgt. Dominic1985 In Like Flynn
as The Mikado1983 The Mikado
as (in "The Killers") (archive footage)1982 Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid
as Denethor1980 The Return of the King
as Frank Cannon1980 The Return of Frank Cannon
as Dr. Whelan1978 Night Cries
as Narrator (voice)1978 Catastrophe
as Narrator (original narration from 1977) (voice)1977 The Making of Star Wars
as Jack Starkey1977 Moonshine County Express
as Narrator (voice)1977 The City
as Bart Harris1970 The Brotherhood of the Bell
as Narrator1966 Chamber of Horrors
as Jim Bathgate1959 -30-
as Narrator (voice)1957 Zero Hour!
as Sheriff Chris Hamish1957 The Ride Back
as Kasar1956 The Conqueror
as Tallman1956 Johnny Concho
as Eric Berg1955 5 Against the House
as Commissioner1954 The Naked Jungle
as Lachmed1953 The Desert Song
as Goodwin1953 Cry of the Hunted
as Mizette1952 Lone Star
as Det. Sgt. Turk1951 The Racket
as Louie Castro1951 Cry Danger
as Major Nicolet1951 The Sword of Monte Cristo
as Ollie1950 One Way Street
as Chuckles - Bartender1950 Dial 1119
as Mike Morrel1950 The Milkman
as Lt. Jacobi1949 East Side, West Side
as Lt. Edgar Gonsales1949 Tension
as Frank Sistina1949 Any Number Can Play
as Farnsworth1948 To the Victor
as Morano1948 Sorry, Wrong Number
as Sheriff Egan1948 Four Faces West
as Quinn1947 Body and Soul
as Max1946 The Killers
as First Motorcycle Cop (uncredited)1945 Pillow to Post

TV Shows/Series with William Conrad as Actor(24)

Movies with William Conrad as Crew(13)

Directing/Director1981 Side Show
Production/Executive Producer1967 The Cool Ones
Production/Producer1967 Chubasco
Production/Executive Producer1967 First to Fight
Production/Producer1966 An American Dream
Directing/Director1965 Two on a Guillotine
Production/Producer1965 Two on a Guillotine
Directing/Director1965 My Blood Runs Cold
Production/Producer1965 My Blood Runs Cold
Directing/Director1965 Brainstorm
Production/Producer1965 Brainstorm
Directing/Director1963 The Man from Galveston
Production/Producer1957 The Ride Back

TV Shows/Series with William Conrad as Crew(18)

Directing/Director1968 The Name of the Game
Directing/Director1962 Saints and Sinners
Directing/Director1961 Target: The Corruptors!
Directing/Director1960 Klondike
Directing/Director1960 Route 66
Directing/Director1959 Men into Space
Directing/Director1959 Bold Venture
Directing/Director1959 Lock-Up
Directing/Director1958 Naked City
Directing/Director1958 The Rough Riders
Directing/Director1958 77 Sunset Strip
Directing/Director1958 Bat Masterson
Directing/Director1958 The Rifleman
Directing/Director1958 Mackenzie's Raiders
Directing/Director1957 Have Gun – Will Travel
Directing/Director1957 Tombstone Territory
Directing/Director1955 Gunsmoke
Directing/Director1955 Highway Patrol

Full Name: William Conrad
Born: Monday, 09/27 1920 (September) in Louisville
Died: Friday, 02/11 1994 (February) in North Hollywood (aged: 73)
Zodiac sign: Libra (Chinese zodiac sign: Monkey)
William Conrad frequently works together with these people:
Lawrence Dobkin (14x, Actor)
Ed Nelson (11x, Actor)
Bethel Leslie (11x, Actress)
Leo Penn (11x, Crew)
Claude Akins (10x, Actor)
James Best (10x, Actor)
John Milford (10x, Actor)
Otto Lang (10x, Crew)
Denver Pyle (9x, Actor)
Paul Carr (9x, Actor)
John Anderson (9x, Actor)
Barry Sullivan (5x, Actor)
WatchPlayStream ID: PEOPLE:5652, Added: 03/23/2018, Last updated: 08/08/2020