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William Conrad

Highest Rated:   100% Body and Soul (1947)
Lowest Rated:   26% Hudson Hawk (1991)
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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

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
26% 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 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
67% Battle of the Bulge
  • Narrator
1965
No Score Yet Brainstorm
  • Producer
  • Director
1965
No Score Yet Two on a Guillotine
  • Director
  • Producer
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
33% 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 East Side, West Side
  • Lt. Jacobi
1949
No Score Yet Tension
  • Lt. Edgar Gonsales
1949
No Score Yet Any Number Can Play
  • Frank Sistina
1949
No Score Yet 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

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Police Squad!
1982
  • Actor

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