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William Conrad ACTOR

William Conrad was born on September 27th, 1920 in Louisville, Kentucky with the birth name John William Cann.  His father owned a theatre and the family relocated to California when Conrad was a young boy.  Throughout school he excelled in drama and literature and so upon graduating from high school he found work at a Los Angeles radio station KMPC as an announcer, writer and director.   
Conrad served during World War II as a pilot and when he completed his service to his country, he left the US Army Air Force with the rank of Captain.  He was also a producer and writer of the Armed Forces Radio Service during his time in the military. 

After the war Conrad returned back to working in radio with a variety of programs.  He played Marshall Matt Dillon on a western old time radio show called, "Gunsmoke" for a nine year run and other credits included, "Suspense", "The Damon Runyon Theater", "Lux Radio Theater", "Nightbeat" and "Fibber McGee and Molly".

Throughout Conrad's lifetime he worked in radio, film, television and also as a director.  Some of his film roles were, "The Killers" (1946), "Body and Soul" (1947), "Sorry, Wong Number", (1948) "Joan of Arc" (1948) and "The Naked Jungle" (1954).  William also did voice over work for the animated, "Rocky and Bullwinkle" series between 1959-1964 as well as a narrator of the series, "This Man Dawson" which ran for thirty three episodes. 

In the 1960's, Conrad decided to work in the industry on the other spectrum as a director of films.  He worked with Warner Brothers and his most well known film was, "Brainstorm" (1965).  He was also the executive producer of, "Countdown" (1968).  He is also credited for directing episodes of, "The Rifleman", "Bat Masterson", "Route 66", "77 Sunset Strip" and many others. 

In the 70's, Conrad returned back to voice over work and from 1973 through 1978 he narrated a program called, "The Wild, Wild World of Animals" followed by narrating, "The Making of Star Wars" (1977) and "Buck Rogers in the 25th Century" (1979).

Alongside his voiceover work, he also did some television appearances and even was the star of the first of three television detective series titled, "Cannon" which aired on CBS from 1971 through 1976.      

William Conrad married only twice during his lifetime as his first wife, June Nelson passed away after 30 years of being married to Conrad and having one son together.  His second wife was Lewis Tipton Stringer Huntley whom he married in 1980 and remained together until his passing.

William Conrad passed away on February 11th, 1994 in North Hollywood, California from heart failure.  He is buried at Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills Cemetery.  In 1997, Conrad was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame.  

1993   Bill Nye, the Science Guy 
1987-1992  Jake and the Fatman 
1991   Hudson Hawk 
1987   The Highwayman  
1986   Matlock
1986   Vengeance: The Story of Tony Cimo
1986   Killing Cars
1986   Hotel
1985   In Like Flynn
1984   Murder, She Wrote 
1983   Manimal
1983   Trauma Center  
1983   The Mikado
1982   Shocktrauma 
1982   Police Squad! 
1982   The Cremation of Sam McGee: A Poem by Robert W. Service
1981   Side Show
1981   Nero Wolfe 
1980   The Tarzan/The Lone Ranger/Zorro Adventure Hour
1980   The Return of Frank Cannon
1980   Turnover Smith
1980   The Return of the King
1979-1980  Buck Rogers in the 25th Century
1980   Battles: The Murder That Wouldn't Die
1979   The Rebels
1979   Buck Rogers in the 25th Century
1978   Keefer 
1978   Night Cries
1977   Tales of the Unexpected
1977   Moonshine County Express
1977   The Force of Evil
1977   How the West Was Won
1977   The City 
1971-1976  Cannon
1976   The Macahans
1973-1975  Barnaby Jones 
1975   Attack on Terror: The FBI vs. the Ku Klux Klan
1974   The F.B.I. Story: The FBI Versus Alvin Karpis, Public Enemy Number One
1973   The Wild, Wild World of Animals
1973   Gunsmoke
1971   O'Hara, U.S. Treasury
1971   D.A.: Conspiracy to Kill
1970   Men at Law
1970   The High Chaparral
1970   The Brotherhood of the Bell
1970   Chisum 
1970   It Takes a Thief
1969   The Name of the Game 
1969   The Dudley Do-Right Show
1968   Countdown 
1963-1967  The Fugitive 
1966   Chamber of Horrors 
1965   Battle of the Bulge
1965   F Troop
1965   Hoppity Hooper
1965   Brainstorm
1965   My Blood Runs Cold
1965   Two on a Guillotine
1963   The Alfred Hitchcock Hour 
1962   G.E. True
1962   Have Gun - Will Travel
1962   Target: The Corruptors 
1962   Geronimo 
1961   The Bullwinkle Show
1958-1961  Bat Masterson
1961   The Aquanauts 
1959-1960  Rocky and His Friends
1960   Tombstone Territory
1959-1960  This Man Dawson 
1959   -30-
1959   The Man and the Challenge 
1958   The Rough Riders
1957   Zero Hour!
1957   The Way Back
1956   Johnny Concho 
1956   The Conqueror
1955   5 Against the House
1954   The Bob Mathias Story
1954   The Naked Jungle 
1953   The Desert Song 
1953   Cry of the Hunted
1952   Lone Star
1951   The Racket 
1951   The Sword of Monte Cristo 
1951   Cry Danger 
1950   Dial 1119 
1950   The Milkman 
1950   One Way Street 
1950   Escape
1949   East Side, West Side 
1949   Tension 
1949   Any Number Can Play 
1948   Joan of Arc
1948   Sorry, Wrong Number
1948   Four Faces West
1948   To the Victor 
1948   Arch of Triumph 
1947   Body and Soul 
1946   The Killers  
1945   Pillow to Post   

Matinee Classics - 5 Against the House starring Guy Madison, Kim Novak, Brian Keith, Alvy Moore, Kerwin Mathews and William Conrad
Matinee Classics - The Conqueror starring John Wayne, Susan Hayward, Pedro Armendariz, Agnes Moorehead, Thomas Gomez, John Hoyt, William Conrad, Ted de Corsia and Lee Van Cleef
Matinee Classics - Chisum
Matinee Classics - Joan of Arc starring Ingrid Bergman, James Lydon, Rand Brooks, Irene Rich, Ray Teal, George Zucco, Ward Bond, Leif Erickson, Jose Ferrer, J. Carroll Naish, Gene Lockhart, Cecil Kellaway, Morris Ankrum, William Conrad, Frank Puglia, I. Stanford Jolley and John Ireland
Matinee Classics - 5 Against the House starring Guy Madison, Kim Novak, Brian Keith, Alvy Moore, Kerwin Mathews and William Conrad
Matinee Classics - Gunsmoke Radio Show starring William Conrad, Howard McNear, Georgia Ellis and Parley Baer
Matinee Classics - William Conrad
Matinee Classics - Any Number Can Play starring Clark Gable, Alexis Smith, Wendell Corey, Audrey Totter, Frank Morgan, Mary Astor, Lewis Stone, Barry Sullivan, Marjorie Rambeau, Edgar Buchanan, Leon Ames, Mickey Knox, Richard Rober, William Conrad and Darryl Hickman
Matinee Classics - Naked Sea narrated by William Conrad
Matinee Classics - The Bullwinkle Show starring the voices of Bill Scott, William Conrad, June Foray and Paul Frees

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