William Conrad

William Conrad

Highest Rated: 100% Body and Soul (1947)

Lowest Rated: 0% Two on a Guillotine (1965)

Birthday: Sep 27, 1920

Birthplace: Not Available

Actor/director/producer William Conrad started his professional career as a musician. After World War II service, he began building his reputation in films and on Hollywood-based radio programs. Due to his bulk and shifty-eyed appearance, he was cast in films as nasty heavies, notably in The Killers (1946) (his first film), Sorry Wrong Number (1948) and The Long Wait (1954). On radio, the versatile Conrad was a fixture on such moody anthologies as Escape and Suspense; he also worked frequently with Jack "Dragnet" Webb during this period, and as late as 1959 was ingesting the scenery in the Webb-directed film 30. Conrads most celebrated radio role was as Marshal Matt Dillon on Gunsmoke, which he played from 1952 through 1961 (the TV Gunsmoke, of course, went to James Arness, who physically matched the character that the portly Conrad had shaped aurally). In the late 1950s, Conrad went into the production end of the business at Warner Bros., keeping his hand in as a performer by providing the hilariously strident narration of the cartoon series Rocky and His Friends and its sequel The Bullwinkle Show. During the early 1960s, Conrad also directed such films as Two on a Guillotine (1964) and Brainstorm (1965). Easing back into acting in the early 1970s, Conrad enjoyed a lengthy run as the title character in the detective series Cannon (1971-76), then all too briefly starred as a more famous corpulent crime solver on the weekly Nero Wolfe. Conrad's final TV series was as one-half of Jake and the Fatman (Joe Penny was Jake), a crime show which ran from 1987 through 1991.

Highest Rated Movies



31% Hudson Hawk Narrator 1991
No Score Yet Vengeance: The Story of Tony Cimo Jim Dunn 1989
No Score Yet Jockey Actor 1988
No Score Yet Blitz Mahoney 1985
No Score Yet Side Show Director 1981
No Score Yet The Return of Frank Cannon Frank Cannon 1980
67% The Return of the King Actor 1980
No Score Yet The Rebels Actor 1979
No Score Yet Night Cries Actor 1978
No Score Yet Catastrophe Narrator 1977
No Score Yet Moonshine County Express Starkey 1977
No Score Yet The Brotherhood of the Bell Bart Harris 1970
No Score Yet Assignment to Kill Executive Producer 1968
No Score Yet Chubasco Producer 1968
67% Countdown Producer Executive Producer 1968
No Score Yet First to Fight Producer 1967
No Score Yet The Cool Ones Producer 1967
No Score Yet An American Dream Producer 1966
No Score Yet A Covenant with Death Executive Producer Producer 1966
57% Battle of the Bulge Narrator 1965
No Score Yet Brainstorm Producer Director 1965
0% Two on a Guillotine Director 1965
No Score Yet My Blood Runs Cold Director Producer 1964
No Score Yet Man From Galveston Director 1963
No Score Yet -30- Jim Bathgate 1959
No Score Yet The Ride Back Hamish Producer 1957
No Score Yet The Conqueror Kasar 1956
No Score Yet 5 Against the House Eric Berg 1955
86% The Naked Jungle Commissioner 1954
No Score Yet The Cowboy Way Actor 1954
No Score Yet Cry of the Hunted Goodwin 1953
No Score Yet Lone Star Mizzette 1952
43% The Racket Turck 1951
No Score Yet The Sword of Monte Cristo Maj. Nicolet 1951
No Score Yet Cry Danger Louie Castro 1951
No Score Yet Dial 1119 (The Violent Hour) Chuckles 1950
No Score Yet One Way Street Ollie 1950
No Score Yet The Milkman Mike Morrel 1950
33% East Side, West Side Lt. Jacobi 1949
No Score Yet Tension Lt. Edgar Gonsales 1949
14% Any Number Can Play Frank Sistina 1949
88% Joan of Arc Guillaume Erard 1948
86% Sorry, Wrong Number Morano 1948
No Score Yet Four Faces West Sheriff Egan 1948
No Score Yet Arch of Triumph Official 1948
100% Body and Soul Quinn 1947
100% The Killers Killer 1946


No Score Yet Jake and the Fatman
Jason Lochinvar `Fatman' McCabe 1992
No Score Yet Matlock
James L. McShane 1986
No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote
Karzoff 1984
No Score Yet Gunsmoke
Director 1971
No Score Yet The High Chaparral
China Pierce 1970
No Score Yet The Alfred Hitchcock Hour
Cresse 1963
100% Police Squad!
No Score Yet The Fugitive
Voice Narrator


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