William Conrad - biography

Actor from United States of America

William Conrad William Conrad (born John William Cann, Jr.; September 27, 1920 – February 11, 1994) was an American actor, producer and director whose career spanned five decades in radio, film and television. A radio writer and actor, he moved to Hollywood after his World War II service and played a series of character roles in films beginning with the quintessential film noir, The Killers (1946). He created the role of Marshall Matt Dillon for the popular radio series, Gunsmoke (1952–1961), and narrated the television adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle (1959–1964) and The Fugitive (1963–1967). Finding fewer on-screen roles in the 1950s, he transitioned from actor to producer-director with television work and a series of Warner Bros. films in the 1960s. Conrad found stardom as a detective in the TV series Cannon (1971–1976) and Nero Wolfe (1981), and in the crime drama Jake and the Fatman (1987–1992). Conrad was the son of a theatre owner who moved his family to California when William was a boy. Excelling at drama and literature at school, he began his career as an announcer, writer, and director for Los Angeles radio station KMPC in the late 1930s. Conrad served as a fighter pilot in World War  ( Wikipedia article )


Personal facts

Known as
Bill,Bill Conrad,J. Darnoc,William Cann,John William Cann, Jr.
Date of birth
Place of birth
United States of America
Tippy Stringer Huntley Susan Randall Conrad June Nelson
Christopher Conrad
Television Director, Voice actor, Television Producer, Actor, Film Producer, Film Director


Year Performance Character
1987 Opera Australia: The Mikado
1982 Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid
1982 Shocktrauma
1977 The Making of Star Wars
1970 Chisum
1959 -30-
1956 Johnny Concho
1955 5 Against the House
1954 The Naked Jungle
1953 The Desert Song Lachmed
1953 Cry of the Hunted Goodwin
1951 Cry Danger Louie Castro
1950 Tension
1949 Any Number Can Play Frank Sistina
1948 Four Faces West
1947 Body and Soul


Date of death
Cause of death
Cardiovascular disease
Place of death
Los Angeles

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