William Conrad
American film, television director, actor and narrator
William Conrad
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).
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The Making of the President: The 1960s DVD review - watch history as it happened - TV Geek Army
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Narrated by William Conrad, "The March of Time: Seven Days in the Life of the President," (51 min) on Disc Two is a week with Johnson. All three discs have the inaccurately titled "The Contenders After Their Campaigns," which presents brief bios about
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Anne Francis on TCM: FORBIDDEN PLANET, BRAINSTORM, A LION IS IN THE STREETS - Alt Film Guide (blog)
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Those are actor-director William Conrad's Brainstorm (1965), veteran Raoul Walsh's A Lion Is in the Streets (1953), and actor-director Richard Benedict's Impasse (1969). [Anne Francis Movie Schedule.] Brainstorm is about a scientist intent on killing
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Morning Call Sheet: Buh-Bye Netflix, Profit-Whore Lucas, and The Worst Movie ... - Big Hollywood
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If nothing else watch it for the first ten minutes and the appearance of William Conrad and Charles McGraw – The two meanest and hardest hit-men in American cinematic history. that would be what was referred to as 'the lowest common denominator appeal'
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Dave on Demand: Dying to tune in - Philadelphia Inquirer
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For example, every time I have ever watched a program featuring Jim Belushi, Alan Thicke, William Conrad, Scott Baio, or David Spade (to cite a handful), it was with the sickening sensation of life slipping away like water through my fingers
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Topfit sind nicht alle - Reutlinger General-Anzeiger (Abonnement)
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VON WILLIAM CONRAD UND FRANK WILD REUTLINGEN. Nach mehr oder weniger erfolgreichen Auftritten im WFV-Pokal starten die Fußball-Landesligisten der Region am Wochenende in die Punktspielrunde. Der GEA gibt mithilfe der jeweiligen Trainer eine
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TuS mit Chancen, SSV mit Treffern - Reutlinger General-Anzeiger (Abonnement)
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VON WILLIAM CONRAD METZINGEN. Am Ende siegte der Favorit: Durch einen 4:2 (2:0)-Erfolg bei Landesligist TuS Metzingen zogen die Oberliga-Kicker des SSV Reutlingen in das Achtelfinale des WFV-Pokals gegen den SV Zimmern ein
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Bring Him In! CBS/Paramount Announces 33-Disc 'Complete Series: The Most ... - TVShowsOnDVD.com
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Narrated by acclaimed actor William Conrad, and Executive Produced by Quinn Martin (The Streets of San Francisco, The Untouchables). CBS DVD and Paramount Home Entertainment have today announced that they are capturing a collectible release of The
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Late '60s Pop Is Half Groovy, Half Gloomy In 'The Double Man' and 'Assignment ... - PopMatters
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The executive producer is portly TV star William Conrad, who in the '60s had a brief sideline as a producer and sometime director of stylish thrillers. So another thing the two films have in common is that TV people are making their bid for the big
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Returning to the scene of the ride - MetroNews Canada
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William Conrad convincingly portrayed rotund private eye Frank Cannon who seemed to be always fighting crime from behind the wheel of a Mark-series Lincoln Continental coupe. Each season, that model year's Lincoln seemed to grow larger This show
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Movin' on - Times Daily
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Florence did not wait long to respond, scoring four times in the bottom half of the inning on RBI singles from David Rowland and Rivers Blasingame and a two-RBI double by William Conrad. Opp responded in the top of the second with an RBI on a fielder's
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Ask Mr. Know-It-All: Big-name gangster died a pauper - Yorkdispatch.com
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The radio version aired from 1952 to 1961, and in the more than 500 radio programs, William Conrad portrayed the venerable Marshal Matt Dillon. Send your questions to Mr. Know-It-All at AskMrKIA@gmail.com or c/o Universal Uclick, 1130 Walnut St.,
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Florence beats Sylacauga in opener - Times Daily
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William Conrad started the game on the mound for Florence. He pitched four innings, giving up two hits and no runs with five strikeouts. Villalta was the winning pitcher. He threw for two innings, allowing two runs. “We didn't hit the baseball like we
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Religion Calendar - Winston-Salem Journal
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William Conrad of Mooresville will speak. For more information, call (336) 699-3583. New Direction Movement Cathedral, 3300 Overdale Drive, will have Bishop Claude Thomas speak at 4 pm Sunday. For more information, call (336) 771-2111
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A Bitter Cup Of Coffee : Doug Gladstone Talks Baseball Pensions - Huffington Post
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As the narrator, William Conrad, reminded us week after week, the protagonist was a victim of blind justice. Similarly, all I wanted to try to do was tip the scales of justice back into a level playing field so that these men could get the compensation
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CBS Films will light up 'Gunsmoke' - Hollywood Reporter
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Originally conceived and aired by Norman MacDonnell and John Meston as a CBS radio serial starring William Conrad as Dillon, “Gunsmoke” morphed into a CBS television series in 1955, with James Arness as the marshal. It received a boost from John Wayne,
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Quick take: One of the good guys - Journal and Courier
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Many will remember that "Gunsmoke" began as a radio series with William Conrad, he of the deep, resonant basso profundo voice, as the original Marshal Dillon. Arness, who passed at age 88, apparently was one of those rare denizens of Hollywood whose
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A tribute to James Arness - The Keene Sentinel
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The star was James Arness, a man as big as William Conrad's voice. The show continued until 1975. TV movies were produced into the 1990s. The much imitated “Gunsmoke” became one of the country's longest running dramatic series
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James Arness, 'Gunsmoke' Sheriff With a Conscience, Is Dead at 88
NYTimes - over 5 years
James Arness, who burnished the legend of America's epic West as Marshal Matt Dillon, the laconic peacemaker of Dodge City on ''Gunsmoke,'' one of the longest-running dramatic series in television history, died on Friday at his home in Los Angeles. He was 88. A family spokeswoman, Ginny Fazer, confirmed the death. Mr. Arness was terribly shy and
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of William Conrad
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1994
    Age 73
    William Conrad died in Los Angeles on February 11, 1994, from congestive heart failure.
    More Details Hide Details He was buried in the Lincoln Terrace section of Forest Lawn, Hollywood Hills Cemetery, California. Conrad was posthumously elected to the National Radio Hall of Fame in 1997.
  • FIFTIES
  • 1980
    Age 59
    In 1980, Conrad married Tipton "Tippy" Stringer (1930–2010), a TV pioneer and the widow of NBC newscaster Chet Huntley.
    More Details Hide Details She helped manage his career during their 14-year marriage.
    He performed the role of Denethor in the 1980 animated TV version of J. R. R. Tolkien's The Return of the King.
    More Details Hide Details His other voice work included narration forThe Highwayman. With Sam Peckinpah Conrad directed episodes of NBC's Klondike in the 1960–1961 season. Other credits as a director include episodes of The Rifleman, Bat Masterson, Route 66, Have Gun – Will Travel, 77 Sunset Strip, and Ripcord, as well as ABC's crime drama Target: The Corruptors! In 1963, Conrad directed Jeffrey Hunter in what became a 26-week Warner Bros. Western television series, Temple Houston. On orders from then-studio boss Jack Webb, Temple Houston episodes were put together in two or three days each, something previously thought impossible in television production. Work began on August 7, 1963, with the initial airing set for September 19. Jimmy Lydon, a former child actor, adult actor, and a producer with Warner Bros. at the time, recalled that Webb told the staff, "Fellas, I just sold Temple Houston. We gotta be on the air in four weeks, we can't use the pilot, we have no scripts, no nothing — do it!" Lydon recalled the team having worked around the clock to get Temple Houston on the air. Co-producer William Conrad directed six episodes, two scripts simultaneously on two different soundstages at Warner Bros. "We bicycled Jeff (Hunter) and (Jack) Elam between the two companies, and Bill shot 'em both in four-and-a-half days. Two complete one-hour shows!" said Lydon.
  • 1978
    Age 57
    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).
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  • 1973
    Age 52
    From 1973 to 1978, Conrad narrated the TV nature program, The Wild, Wild World of Animals.
    More Details Hide Details Also during the 1970s, he appeared in and narrated a number of episodes for ABC's American Sportsman, and in the CBS documentary, The Lost Treasure of the Concepcion.
  • 1971
    Age 50
    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.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1970
    Age 49
    Conrad intoned a rhyming narration heard over the credits of the 1970 John Wayne film Western Chisum.
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  • 1966
    Age 45
    He could also be heard introducing Count Basie's Orchestra and Frank Sinatra on Sinatra's 1966 Live at the Sands album.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1959
    Age 38
    He narrated This Man Dawson, a 33-episode syndicated crime drama starring Keith Andes in the 1959–1960 television season, and then became the familiar voice narrating The Fugitive, starring David Janssen, on ABC television from 1963–67.
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    As "Bill Conrad", he narrated the animated Rocky and Bullwinkle series from 1959 to 1964.
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  • 1957
    Age 36
    In 1957, Conrad was married to former fashion model Susan Randall (1940–1979), and the couple had one son, Christopher.
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    Conrad directed and narrated the 1957 episode "Epitaphs", an adaptation of Edgar Lee Masters's poetry volume Spoon River Anthology.
    More Details Hide Details "And '1489 Words' (Feb. 10, 1957) remains a favorite of many, a powerful Conrad performance proving that one picture is not necessarily worth a thousand words," Dunning concluded. "A lovely way to end a day, a decade, or an era." As an actor in feature films, Conrad was often cast as a threatening figure. His most notable role may be the first for which he was credited, as one of the gunmen sent to eliminate Burt Lancaster in The Killers (1946). Conrad also appeared in Body and Soul (1947), Sorry, Wrong Number (1948), Joan of Arc (1948), and The Naked Jungle (1954). In 1961, Conrad moved to the production side of the film business, producing and directing for Warner Bros. film studio. His most notable film was Brainstorm (1965), a latter-day film noir that has come to be regarded as "a minor masterpiece of the 1960s" and "the final, essential entry in that long line of films noirs that begins at the end of the Second World War." Conrad was the executive producer of Countdown (1968), a science-fiction thriller starring James Caan and Robert Duvall that was the major studio feature début of director Robert Altman.
  • 1956
    Age 35
    In January 1956, Conrad was the announcer on the debut broadcast of The CBS Radio Workshop, a two-part adaptation of Aldous Huxley's Brave New World which Huxley himself narrated. "On the air, The CBS Radio Workshop was a lightning rod for ideas," wrote radio historian John Dunning, who cites Conrad's "tour de force" performances in the subsequent broadcasts "The Legend of Jimmy Blue Eyes" (March 23, 1956) and "A Matter of Logic" (June 1, 1956).
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details Because of his CBS Radio contract, he sometimes appeared on shows on other networks under the pseudonym "Julius Krelboyne".
  • 1955
    Age 34
    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.
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  • 1953
    Age 32
    Conrad voiced Dillon for the show's nine-year run, and he wrote the June 1953 episode "Sundown."
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1943
    Age 22
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He left the United States Army Air Corps with the rank of captain and as a producer-director of the Armed Forces Radio Service. William Conrad estimated that he played more than 7,500 roles during his radio career. At KMPC, the 22-year-old Conrad produced and acted in The Hermit's Cave (circa 1940–44), the Los Angeles incarnation of a popular syndicated horror anthology series created at WJR Detroit. He was among the supporting cast for the espionage drama The Man Called X (1944–48); the syndicated dramatic anthology Favorite Story (1946–49); the adventure dramas The Count of Monte Cristo (Mutual 1947–48), The Voyage of the Scarlet Queen (Mutual 1947–48), The Green Lama (CBS 1949), and Nightbeat (NBC 1950–52); Romance (1950) and Hollywood Star Playhouse (1950–53); Errol Flynn's The Modern Adventures of Casanova (Mutual 1952); and Cathy and Elliott Lewis's On Stage (CBS 1953–54).
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1920
    Born
    William Conrad (also known as John William Conrad) was born John William Cann, Jr., on September 27, 1920, in Louisville, Kentucky.
    More Details Hide Details His parents, John William Cann and Ida Mae Upchurch Cann, owned a movie theatre, and Conrad grew up watching movies. The family moved to Southern California when Conrad was in high school. He majored in drama and literature at Fullerton College, in Orange County, California, and began his career as an announcer, writer, and director for Los Angeles radio station KMPC.
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