Person Details

Birthday: 1920-09-27 07:29:57

Death: 1994-02-11 07:29:57

Aliases: No known aliases

Gender: Male

Place of birth: Louisville, Kentucky

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Movie Involvements: 51

TV Involvements: 28


Most Famous Work

Biography

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).

Most Famous Work

The Killers
Average
7

The Killers

(1946) Max
The Fugitive
Average
7

The Fugitive

(1963) Narrator
Cry Danger
Average
7

Cry Danger

(1951) Louie Castro
Body and Soul
Average
7

Body and Soul

(1947) Quinn
Sorry, Wrong Number
Average
7

Sorry, Wrong Number

(1948) Morano
Jake and the Fatman
Average
6

Jake and the Fatman

(1987) Jason McCabe
The Naked Jungle
Average
6

The Naked Jungle

(1954) Commissioner
The Return of the King
Average
6

The Return of the King

(1980) Denethor

Acting

Year Character Movie/Tv
2009 Self (voice) (uncredited)
1991 Narrator (voice)
1987 Jason McCabe
Narrator
1986 Jim Dunn
N/A
Mr. Mahoney
1985 Sgt. Dominic
1983 N/A
N/A
The Mikado
1982 N/A
(in "The Killers") (archive footage)
Stabbed Man
1981 N/A
Nero Wolfe
1980 Frank Cannon
Denethor
1979 N/A
1978 Narrator (voice)
Dr. Whelan
1977 Narrator (original narration from 1977) (voice)
Jack Starkey
The voice
Narrator
Narrator (voice)
1976 N/A
1974 N/A
N/A
1973 Frank Cannon
1971 N/A
N/A
1970 Bart Harris
1969 N/A
1968 N/A
N/A
1967 N/A
N/A
1966 Narrator
1965 N/A
N/A
1963 Narrator
1962 N/A
1961 N/A
N/A
1960 N/A
1959 Jim Bathgate
N/A
N/A
1958 N/A
1957 Narrator (voice)
N/A
Sheriff Chris Hamish
1956 Tallman
Kasar
1955 N/A
Eric Berg
1954 Commissioner
1953 Lachmed
Goodwin
1952 Mizette
1951 Det. Sgt. Turk
Major Nicolet
Louie Castro
1950 Chuckles - Bartender
Mike Morrel
Ollie
1949 Lt. Jacobi
Lt. Edgar Gonsales
Frank Sistina
1948 Guillaume Erard, a Prosecutor
Farnsworth
Morano
Sheriff Egan
N/A
Himself
1947 Quinn
1946 Max
1945 First Motorcycle Cop (uncredited)
Year Character Movie/Tv

Directing

Production


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