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 William Conrad

William Conrad

Birth
Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky, USA
Death 11 Feb 1994 (aged 73)
Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Plot Lincoln Terrace Section, Map #H82, Lot 4448, Companion Lawn Crypt 4
Memorial ID 4517 · View Source
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Actor, Motion Picture Director. His acting career encompassed radio and the movies, and he achieved national stardom for his roles on a number of popular television series. . Born as William Cann in Louisville, Kentucky, his baritone voice made him a natural for radio broadcasting, starting in the late 1930s His professional career began as a musician while showing promise as a singer. During World War II he served in the United States Army Air Corps, rising to the rank of Captain. After his discharge he returned to radio in the postwar, lending his voice to many roles during radio's heyday, with his most noteworthy being ‘Matt Dillion’ in the radio version of western frontier series “Gunsmoke” which aired from 1952 to 1961. When the series was brought to television, his large frame eliminated him from reprising his role. William Conrad was then cast in various film roles, usually as a threatening figure, appearing in “The Killers”, “Body and Soul”, “Sorry, Wrong Number”, “Joan of Arc” and “The Naked Jungle”. He was a producer-director for Warner Brothers Movie Studios for fifteen years, producing many low budget movies. With the rise of the popularity of television, he returned to voice work reminisce of his early radio days. He narrated the “Rocky and Bullwinkle” cartoons and many other animated shows on television. In the 1970s and 1980s he starred in three television detective series –“Cannon” (1971 to 1976), “Nero Wolfe” (1981) and “Jake and the Fatman” (1987-1992) – that he would be best remembered for. During his career, he was nominated twice for a Best Actor Golden Globe Award, both for the “Cannon” television series. After his appearance in “Jake and the Fatman”, his health began to deteriorate and he passed away in North Hollywood, California after suffering a massive heart attack at the age of 73. After his death, he was elected to the Radio Hall of Fame.

Bio by: Donald Greyfield


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  • Added: 10 Feb 1999
  • Find A Grave Memorial 4517
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William Conrad (27 Sep 1920–11 Feb 1994), Find A Grave Memorial no. 4517, citing Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Hollywood Hills), Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .