Robert Conrad

Highest Rated: 38% Wrong Is Right (1982)
Lowest Rated: 15% Jingle All the Way (1997)
Birthday: Mar 1, 1935
Birthplace: Not Available
American actor Robert Conrad was a graduate of Northwestern University, spending his first few years out of school supporting himself and his family by driving a milk truck and singing in a Chicago cabaret. Conrad befriended up-and-coming actor Nick Adams during this period, and it was Adams who helped Conrad get his first Hollywood work in 1957. A few movie bit parts later, Conrad was signed for a comparative pittance by Warner Bros. studios, and in 1959 was cast as detective Tom Lopaka on the weekly adventure series Hawaiian Eye. Upon the 1963 cancellation of this series, Conrad made a handful of Spanish and American films and toured with a nightclub act in Australia and Mexico City. Cast as frontier secret agent James West in The Wild Wild West in 1965, Conrad brought home $5000 a week during the series' first season and enjoyed increasing remunerations as West remained on the air until 1969. There are those who insist that Wild Wild West would have been colorless without the co-starring presence of Ross Martin, an opinion with which Conrad has always agreed. The actor's bid to star in a 1970 series based on the venerable Nick Carter pulp stories got no further than a pilot episode, while the Jack Webb-produced 1971 Robert Conrad series The D.A. was cancelled after 13 episodes. When Roy Scheider pulled out of the 1972 adventure weekly Assignment: Vienna, Conrad stepped in--and was out, along with the rest of Assignment: Vienna, by June of 1973. Conrad had better luck with 1976's Baa Baa Black Sheep, aka Black Sheep Squadron, a popular series based on the World War II exploits of Major "Pappy" Boyington. Cast as a nurse on this series was Conrad's daughter Nancy, setting a precedent for nepotism that the actor practiced as late as his tenth TV series, 1989's Jesse Hawkes, wherein Conrad co-starred with his sons Christian and Shane. Though few of his series have survived past season one, Conrad has enjoyed success as a commercial spokesman and in the role of G. Gordon Liddy (whom the actor admired) in the 1982 TV movie Will, G. Gordon Liddy. As can be gathered from the Liddy assignment, Conrad's politics veered towards conservatism; in 1981, he and Charlton Heston were instrumental in toppling Ed Asner and his liberal contingent from power in the Screen Actors Guild. As virile and athletic as ever in the 1990s, Robert Conrad has continued to appear in action roles both on TV and in films; he has also maintained strong ties with his hometown of Chicago, and can be counted upon to show up at a moment's notice as a guest on the various all-night programs of Chicago radio personality Eddie Schwartz.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
15% Jingle All the Way Officer Hummell 1997
No Score Yet Search & Rescue Tooter 1994
No Score Yet Two Fathers: Justice for the Innocent Stackhouse 1994
No Score Yet Sworn to Vengeance Jack Stewart 1993
No Score Yet Samurai Cowboy Gabe 1993
No Score Yet Anything to Survive Eddie Barton 1990
No Score Yet Murder One Actor 1988
No Score Yet Police Story: Gladiator School Actor 1988
No Score Yet Charley Hannah Capt. Charley Hannah 1986
No Score Yet Assassin Henry Stanton 1986
No Score Yet Moving Violations Chief (uncredited) 1985
No Score Yet Two Fathers' Justice Bill Stackhouse 1985
No Score Yet Falling for the Stars Actor 1985
No Score Yet Hard Knox Screenwriter Joe Knox 1984
38% Wrong Is Right General Wombat 1982
No Score Yet The Lady in Red John Dillinger 1982
No Score Yet Will: G. Gordon Liddy G. Gordon Liddy 1982
No Score Yet Coach of the Year Jim Brandon 1980
No Score Yet More Wild Wild West Jim Westy 1980
No Score Yet Breaking Up Is Hard to Do Frank Scapa 1979
No Score Yet The Wild, Wild West Revisited Jim West 1979
No Score Yet Centennial Pasquinel 1978
No Score Yet Sudden Death Actor 1977
No Score Yet Smash-Up on Interstate 5 Sergeant Sam Marcum 1976
No Score Yet The Last Day Bob Dalton 1975
No Score Yet Murph the Surf Actor 1975
No Score Yet Los Bandidos Director Actor 1967
No Score Yet The Bandits Director Actor 1967
No Score Yet Ven A Cantar Conmigo Actor 1966
No Score Yet Palm Springs Weekend Eric Dean 1963
No Score Yet Red Nightmare Actor 1957

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet Just Shoot Me
1997-2003
Himself
  • 1999
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
Host Guest
  • 1982
No Score Yet Columbo
1968-2003
Milo Janus
  • 1974
No Score Yet Mission: Impossible
1966-1973
Eddie Lorka Bobby Press Allen
  • 1972
  • 1970
  • 1968
No Score Yet The Wild Wild West
1965-1969
Jim West
  • 1969
  • 1968
  • 1967
  • 1966
  • 1965
No Score Yet Maverick
1957-1962
David Barrows
  • 1959
  • 1958

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