William Conrad

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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).

MOVIE CREDITS:
1983: The Mikado - The Mikado
1980: Frank Cannon - The Return of Frank Cannon
1959: Jim Bathgate - -30-
1957: Sheriff Chris Hamish - The Ride Back
1978: Narrator (voice) - Catastrophe
1980: Denethor - The Return of the King
1956: Tallman - Johnny Concho
1951: Louie Castro - Cry Danger
1953: Goodwin - Cry of the Hunted
1954: Commissioner - The Naked Jungle
1951: Major Nicolet - The Sword of Monte Cristo
1950: Ollie - One Way Street
1948: Sheriff Egan - Four Faces West
1947: Quinn - Body and Soul
1977: Jack Starkey - Moonshine County Express
1950: Mike Morrel - The Milkman
1948: Farnsworth - To the Victor
1955: Eric Berg - 5 Against the House
1949: Lt. Edgar Gonsales - Tension
1986: Mr. Mahoney - Killing Cars
1956: Kasar - The Conqueror
1985: Sgt. Dominic - In Like Flynn
1977: Narrator (original narration from 1977) (voice) - The Making of Star Wars
1970: Bart Harris - The Brotherhood of the Bell
1948: Morano - Sorry, Wrong Number
1949: Lt. Jacobi - East Side, West Side
1978: Dr. Whelan - Night Cries
1951: Det. Sgt. Turk - The Racket
1950: Chuckles - Bartender - Dial 1119
1966: Narrator - Chamber of Horrors
1953: Lachmed - The Desert Song
1981: Side Show
1986: Jim Dunn - Vengeance: The Story of Tony Cimo
1977: Narrator (voice) - The City
1946: Max - The Killers
1952: Mizette - Lone Star
1949: Frank Sistina - Any Number Can Play
1945: First Motorcycle Cop (uncredited) - Pillow to Post
1957: Narrator (voice) - Zero Hour!
1982: (in "The Killers") (archive footage) - Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid
1991: Narrator (voice) - Hudson Hawk
1948: Guillaume Erard, a Prosecutor - Joan of Arc
2009: Self (voice) (uncredited) - The Box

TV CREDITS:
1986: Matlock
1977: The voice - How the West Was Won
1982: Hotel
1955: Gunsmoke
1987: Jason McCabe - Jake and the Fatman
1971: Cannon
1948: The Ed Sullivan Show
1968: Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In
1963: Narrator - The Fugitive
1957: Have Gun – Will Travel
1965: The Dean Martin Show
1958: Bat Masterson
1962: General Electric True
1961: Rocky & Bullwinkle & Friends
1969: The Dudley Do-Right Show
1965: F Troop
1971: The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour
1976: The Sonny & Cher Show
1979: Buck Rogers in the 25th Century
1983: Manimal
1982: Stabbed Man - Police Squad!
1961: Target: The Corruptors!
1959: The Man and the Challenge
1967: The High Chaparral
1960: The Aquanauts
1968: The Name of the Game
1981: Nero Wolfe - Nero Wolfe
1983: Trauma Center
1959: This Man Dawson
1974: Tony Orlando and Dawn
1974: The Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts
1948: Himself - Bambi-Verleihung
1967: The Carol Burnett Show
1977: Narrator - Tales of the Unexpected
1987: Narrator - The Highwayman
1973: Frank Cannon - Barnaby Jones
1962: Sergent Cresse - The Alfred Hitchcock Hour