William Conrad

Film + Television Director + Actor and Narrator
Born Sep 27, 1920

William Conrad was an American actor, producer and director whose career spanned five decades in radio, film and television. 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 quintessential film noir, The Killers (1946).… Read More

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1920 Birth William Conrad (also known as John William Conrad) was born John William Cann, Jr., on September 27, 1920, in Louisville, Kentucky. … Read More


1943 22 Years Old Conrad served as a fighter pilot in World War II. On the day he was commissioned in 1943 at Luke Field, he married June Nelson (1920–1977) of Los Angeles. … Read More


1953 32 Years Old …  Conrad voiced Dillon for the show's nine-year run, and he wrote the June 1953 episode "Sundown."
1955 34 Years Old When Gunsmoke was adapted for television in 1955, executives at CBS did not cast Conrad or his radio costars, despite a campaign to get them to change their minds.
1956 35 Years Old 1 More Event
His other credits include Suspense, Lux Radio Theater, and Fibber McGee and Molly. In "The Wax Works", a 1956 episode of Suspense, Conrad performed every part. … Read More
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Conrad directed and narrated the 1957 episode "Epitaphs", an adaptation of Edgar Lee Masters's poetry volume Spoon River Anthology. … Read More
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As "Bill Conrad", he narrated the animated Rocky and Bullwinkle series from 1959 to 1964.


1966 45 Years Old He could also be heard introducing Count Basie's Orchestra and Frank Sinatra on Sinatra's 1966 Live at the Sands album.
1970 49 Years Old Conrad intoned a rhyming narration heard over the credits of the 1970 John Wayne film Western Chisum.


1971 50 Years Old His voice is heard in the Clio Award-winning 1971 public-service announcement about pollution featuring Iron Eyes Cody, created for Earth Day by Keep America Beautiful and the Ad Council.
1973 52 Years Old From 1973 to 1978, Conrad narrated the TV nature program, The Wild, Wild World of Animals. … Read More
1978 57 Years Old He later narrated The Making of Star Wars (1977), the 1978 World Series U.S.-baseball highlight film, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (1979), and The Rebels (1979).
1980 59 Years Old 1 More Event
He performed the role of Denethor in the 1980 animated TV version of J. R. R. Tolkien's The Return of the King. … Read More


1994 73 Years Old William Conrad died in Los Angeles on February 11, 1994, from congestive heart failure. … Read More
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