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William Conrad

Conrad was born William Cann in Louisville, Kentucky, the son of a theatre-owner who moved to southern California, where he excelled at drama and literature while at school. Starting work in radio in the late 1930s in California, Conrad went on to serve as a fighter pilot in World War II. He entered the army in 1942, and was commissioned at Luke Field, Arizona in 1943 (now Luke Air Force Base). On the day of his commission he married June Nelson. He returned to the airwaves after the war, going on to accumulate over 7,000 roles in radio by his own estimate. Among Conrad's various film roles, where he was usually cast as threatening figures, perhaps his most notable role was his first credited one, as one of the gunmen sent to eliminate Burt Lancaster in the 1946 film The Killers. He also appeared in Body and Soul (1947), Sorry, Wrong Number, Joan of Arc (both 1948), and The Naked Jungle (1954). As a producer for Warner Brothers, he made a string of feature films, including An American Dream (1966, retitled See You in Hell, Darling for British release), A Covenant With Death (1966), First to Fight (1967) and The Cool Ones (1967), and also directed My Blood Runs Cold, Brainstorm and Two on a Guillotine (all 1965).

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Sep 27, 1920 In Louisville, Kentucky
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Pillow to Post 1945-06-09
Latest Project:
Movie The Box 2009-09-17
Known For
Movie The Box Self (voice) (uncredited) 2009-09-17
Movie Hudson Hawk Narrator (voice) 1991-05-23
Movie The Highwayman Narrator 1987-09-20
Series Jake and the Fatman Jason McCabe 1987-09-26
Movie Killing Cars Mr. Mahoney 1986-02-13
Movie Vengeance: The Story of Tony Cimo Jim Dunn 1986-11-01
Movie In Like Flynn Sgt. Dominic 1985-08-14
Series Manimal 1983-09-30
Series Police Squad! Stabbed Man 1982-03-04
Movie Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid (in "The Killers") (archive footage) 1982-05-21
Series Nero Wolfe Nero Wolfe 1981-01-16
Movie Side Show 1981-06-04
Movie The Return of the King Denethor 1980-05-11
Movie The Return of Frank Cannon Frank Cannon 1980-11-01
Series Buck Rogers in the 25th Century 1979-09-20
Movie Night Cries Dr. Whelan 1978-01-29
Movie The City Narrator (voice) 1977-01-12
Movie The Making of Star Wars Narrator (original narration from 1977) (voice) 1977-09-16
Movie Moonshine County Express Jack Starkey 1977-06-01
Series How the West Was Won The voice 1976-01-19
Series Cannon 1971-09-14
Movie The Brotherhood of the Bell Bart Harris 1970-09-17
Movie Chamber of Horrors Narrator 1966-10-28
Series The Fugitive Narrator 1963-09-17
Movie -30- Jim Bathgate 1959-11-11
Movie Zero Hour! Narrator (voice) 1957-11-13
Movie The Conqueror Kasar 1956-03-28
Movie Johnny Concho Tallman 1956-07-01
Movie 5 Against the House Eric Berg 1955-06-10
Movie Cry of the Hunted Goodwin 1953-05-08
Movie The Desert Song Lachmed 1953-05-30
Movie Lone Star Mizette 1952-10-24
Movie Cry Danger Louie Castro 1951-02-23
Movie The Sword of Monte Cristo Major Nicolet 1951-03-03
Movie The Racket Det. Sgt. Turk 1951-10-25
Movie One Way Street Ollie 1950-04-01
Movie Dial 1119 Chuckles - Bartender 1950-11-03
Movie The Milkman Mike Morrel 1950-10-17
Movie Any Number Can Play Frank Sistina 1949-07-15
Movie Tension Lt. Edgar Gonsales 1949-11-25
Movie East Side, West Side Lt. Jacobi 1949-12-22
Movie Four Faces West Sheriff Egan 1948-08-03
Movie To the Victor Farnsworth 1948-10-26
Movie Sorry, Wrong Number Morano 1948-09-24
Movie Body and Soul Quinn 1947-11-09
Movie The Killers Max 1946-08-28
Movie Pillow to Post First Motorcycle Cop (uncredited) 1945-06-09
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