Robert Conrad

Robert Conrad

Original Name Conrad Robert Falk
Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Death 8 Feb 2020 (aged 84)
Malibu, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial Burial Details Unknown
Memorial ID 206942811 · View Source
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Actor. With a rugged build and handsome features, he left an indelible mark on American television during a career of more than four decades. He will perhaps be remembered for playing 'Secret Service Agent James West' paired with Ross Martin 'Artemus Gordon' in the 1960s TV series "The Wild, Wild West" (1965 to 1969) and the later TV movies "The Wild, Wild West Revisited" (1979) and "More Wild, Wild West" (1980). Born Conrad Robert Falk, the Chicago native attended Northwestern University. He toiled at boxing and experienced a career as a nightclub singer before landing his first role of substance as 'Tom Lopaka' in the TV series "Hawaiian Eve" (1959 to 1963). He made his motion picture debut in "Thundering Jets" (1959) and would appear in the films "Young Dillinger" (1965), "Murph the Surf" (1975), "The Lady in Red" (1979) and "Wrong Is Right" (1982). Other notable TV staring roles include the "Adam-12" spinoff "The D.A. (1971 to 1972) and "The Black Sheep Squadron" in which he portrayed 'Major Greg 'Papy' Boyington' (1976 to 1978). He earned a Golden Globe nomination during the series' run. Conrad joined the list of villains on the popular TV series "Columbo" in the episode "An Exercise in Fatality" (1974). During the 1970s, he appeared in a popular TV commercial for Eveready Batteries which he made the memorable phrase "I dare you to knock this battery from my shoulder." In addition to his acting roles, Conrad used his competitive nature during the annually aired "Battle of the Network Stars." He prided himself on doing much of the stunt work during the run of "The Wild, Wild West" which resulted once in serious injuries and hospitalization from a fall while swinging on a chandelier. He experienced legal troubles when he was charged in 2003 with driving while intoxicated. Conrad spent his last years as host of a national, California based radio program in which callers asked him questions about his career. He was the father of actress Nancy Conrad. He died from heart failure.

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