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Robert Conrad

Highest Rated:   38% Wrong Is Right (1982)
Lowest Rated:   17% Jingle All the Way (1997)
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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

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Sudden Death
  • Actor
2005
No Score Yet High Sierra Search and Rescue
  • Actor
2004
17% 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 Falling for the Stars
  • Actor
1985
No Score Yet Two Fathers' Justice
  • Bill Stackhouse
1985
No Score Yet Hard Knox
  • Screenwriter
  • Joe Knox
1984
No Score Yet Commies Are Coming - Commies Are Coming
  • Actor
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
  • Actor
  • Director
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

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Guest

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