William Conrad Actor

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.

Personal details

Date of birth
September 27th, 1920
Nationality
United States of America
Date of death
February 11th, 1994 at age of 73
Place of death
Los Angeles, California, United States of America
Cause of death
Heart failure
Places lived
Louisville , Kentucky
pop. 602,011 (2011)

Family

Parents
Spouses
Children

Military conflicts participated

World War II

Started

September 1st, 1939

Ended

September 2nd, 1945

Wikipedia article

World War II, also known as the Second World War, was a global war that lasted from 1939 to 1945, though related conflicts began earlier. It involved the vast majority of the world's nations—including all of the great powers—eventually forming two opposing military alliances: the Allies and the Axis. It was the most widespread war in history, and directly involved more than 100 million people, from more than 30 different countries. In a state of "total war", the major participants threw their entire economic, industrial, and scientific capabilities behind the war effort, erasing the distinction between civilian and military resources. Marked by mass deaths of civilians, including the Holocaust and the strategic bombing of industrial and population centres, it resulted in an estimated 50 million to 85 million fatalities. These made World War II the deadliest conflict in human history.

Movie performances

Average rating by genre

GenreNum. of titlesAvg. rating
Comedy36.37
Action55.94
Adventure45.85
Drama146.94
Crime86.84
Film-Noir96.94
Thriller56.54
Western46.7
Romance25.85
Musical26.55

1. Hudson Hawk (1991)

Action, Adventure, Comedy
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
100.0
15 Show list 3 Show list $70M

Hudson Hawk is a 1991 American action comedy film directed by Michael Lehmann. Bruce Willis stars in the title role and also co-wrote the story. Danny Aiello, Andie MacDowell, James Coburn, David Caruso, Lorraine Toussaint, Frank Stallone, Sandra Bernhard, and Richard E. Grant are also featured. The live action film makes heavy use of cartoon-style slapstick, including sound effects, which enhances the movie's signature surreal humour. The plot combines material based on conspiracy theories, secret societies, and historic mysteries, as well as outlandish "clockpunk" technology à la Coburn's Our Man Flint movies of the 1960s. A recurring plot device in the film has Hudson and his partner Tommy "Five-Tone" singing songs concurrently but separately, to time and synchronize their exploits. Willis-Aiello duets of Bing Crosby's "Swinging on a Star" and Paul Anka's "Side by Side" feature on the film's soundtrack.

Awards

1991 Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Director
1991 Razzie Award for Worst Picture
1991 Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Screenplay

Top cast

Eddie 'Hudson Hawk' Hawkins
Tommy Five-Tone
George Kaplan
Anna Baragli
Darwin Mayflower
Antony Mario
Cesar Mario
Kit Kat
Cardinal
Minerva Mayflower
Apprentice
Almond Joy
Alfred
Bratty Kid
Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
Hudson Hawk
English, Italian
United States of America

2. Opera Australia: The Mikado (1987)

Musical, Comedy
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
150.0

Awards

Top cast

3. Killing Cars (1985)

Action, Thriller
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet

Killing Cars is a 1985 action thriller film written and directed by Michael Verhoeven.

Awards

Top cast

Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
Germany

4. Shocktrauma (1982)

Drama
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet

Shocktrauma is a 1982 television film produced in Canada and syndicated nationally in the USA by sponsor General Foods. The screenplay by Stephen Kandel is based on the book by Jon Franklin and Alan Doelp, which details the true story of the first trauma center in America, founded in Baltimore, Maryland. It was directed by Eric Till. Dick Atkins and Michael Lepiner were the Executive Producers, with Christopher Dalton and Wayne Fenske as producers. The production stars William Conrad as Dr. R Adams Cowley - the heart surgeon who pioneered trauma care. The film's score was composed by Eric Robertson.

Awards

Top cast

Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
English
Canada

5. Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid (1982)

Comedy, Crime, Mystery
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
88.0
David V. Picker
,
William E. McEuen
7 Show list

Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid is a 1982 comedy-mystery film directed by Carl Reiner. Starring Steve Martin and Rachel Ward, the film is both a parody of, and an homage to, film noir and the pulp detective movies of the 1940s. Edited by Bud Molin, Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid is a collage film incorporating clips from 18 different vintage films. They are combined with more recent footage of Martin and other actors similarly shot in black-and-white, with the result that the original dialogue and acting of the classic films have now become part of a completely different story. Among the actors who appear from classic films are Ingrid Bergman, Humphrey Bogart, James Cagney, Joan Crawford, Bette Davis, Brian Donlevy, Kirk Douglas, Ava Gardner, Cary Grant, Alan Ladd, Veronica Lake, Burt Lancaster, Charles Laughton, Fred MacMurray, Ray Milland, Edmund O'Brien, Vincent Price, Barbara Stanwyck, and Lana Turner. This was the last film for both costume designer Edith Head and composer Miklós Rózsa.

Awards

Top cast

Field Marshall VonKluck
Carlos Rodriguez
Veronica Lake
Juliet Forrest
Puppy Secretary
Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
English
United States of America

6. The Return of Frank Cannon (1980)

Action, Thriller, Crime
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
96.0

The Return of Frank Cannon is a 1980 film directed by Corey Allen.

Awards

Top cast

Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
English
United States of America

7. Chisum (1970)

Biography, Western
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
111.0
Andrew J. Fenady
Andrew J. Fenady
13 Show list

Chisum is a 1970 Warner Bros. Technicolor Western film starring John Wayne. The large cast also includes Forrest Tucker, Christopher George, Ben Johnson, Glenn Corbett, Geoffrey Deuel, Andrew Prine, Bruce Cabot, Patric Knowles, and Richard Jaeckel. Directed by Andrew V. McLaglen, it was adapted for the screen by Andrew J. Fenady from his short story, Chisum and the Lincoln County Cattle War. Although this movie is historically inaccurate in many details, it is loosely based on events and characters from the Lincoln County War of 1878 in New Mexico Territory, which involved Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid among others.

Awards

Top cast

John Chisum
James Pepper
William J. Brady
Jess Evans
Bradley Morton
Alexander McSween
Amos Patton
John Tunstall
Dan Nodeen
Lawrence Murphy
Pat Garrett
Sue McSween
Billy the Kid
Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
English
United States of America

8. Battle of the Bulge (1965)

War, Action, Drama
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
167.0
14 Show list

Battle of the Bulge is an American widescreen epic war film produced in Spain that was released in 1965. It was directed by Ken Annakin. It starred Henry Fonda, Robert Shaw, Telly Savalas, Robert Ryan, Dana Andrews and Charles Bronson. The feature was filmed in Ultra Panavision 70 and exhibited in 70 mm Cinerama. Battle of the Bulge had its world premiere on December 16, 1965, the 21st anniversary of the titular battle, at the Pacific Cinerama Dome Theatre in Hollywood, California. The filmmakers attempted to condense a battle which stretched across parts of Germany, Belgium and Luxembourg and lasted nearly a month into under 3 hours. They also shot parts of the film on terrain that did not resemble actual battle locations. This left them open to criticism for lack of historical accuracy, but they claimed in the end credits that they had 're-organized' the chronological order of events to maximize the dramatic story. Unlike most World War II epics, "Battle of the Bulge" contains virtually no portrayals of actual senior Allied leaders, civilian or military. This is presumably because of controversies surrounding the battle, both during the war and after.

Awards

Top cast

Lt. Col. Dan Kiley
Col. Hessler
Wolenski
Sgt. Guffy
Gen. Grey
Von Diepel
Col. Pritchard
Lt. Weaver
Schumacher
Louise
Gen. Kohler
Sgt. Duquesne
Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
World War II
Battle of the Bulge
English
United States of America

9. -30- (1959)

Drama
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
96.0

-30- is a 1959 film starring Jack Webb and William Conrad as night managing editor and night city editor, respectively, of a fictional Los Angeles newspaper, loosely based on the real-life Los Angeles Herald-Examiner.

Awards

Top cast

Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
Edward Colman
English
United States of America

10. The Ride Back (1957)

Drama, Western
played Sheriff Chris Hamish
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
79.0
Oscar Rudolph
,
Allen H. Miner
Anthony Ellis
2 Show list

The Ride Back is a 1957 Western drama film written by Anthony Ellis and directed by Allen H. Miner and Oscar Rudolph.

Awards

Top cast

Bob Kallen
Father Ignatius
Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
Oscar Rodriguez
English
United States of America

11. Johnny Concho (1956)

Western
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
84.0
Don McGuire

Johnny Concho is a 1956 film starring Frank Sinatra, Phyllis Kirk and Keenan Wynn and directed by Don McGuire. Sinatra's role allowed him to play against type in his portrayal of the film's villain. Frank Sinatra had no success in this film, but he did the previous year making four films and the same year this film was released he had success in High Society with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, which was filmed in Panavision and color.

Awards

Top cast

Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
English
United States of America

12. 5 Against the House (1955)

Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
84.0

5 Against the House is a 1955 American heist film noir based on a story by Jack Finney, starring Guy Madison, Brian Keith, and Kim Novak, in one of her first film appearances. It was directed by Phil Karlson. The movie centers on a fictional robbery of what was a real Nevada casino, Harold's Club. The supporting cast includes William Conrad. The screenplay was based on Jack Finney's 1954 novel of the same name, which was later serialized by Good Housekeeping magazine.

Awards

Top cast

Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
English
United States of America

13. The Naked Jungle (1954)

Adventure, Drama, Thriller
played Commissioner
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
95.0
7 Show list

The Naked Jungle is a 1954 film directed by Byron Haskin, and starring Charlton Heston and Eleanor Parker. Telling the story of an attack of army ants on a Brazilian cocoa plantation, it was based on the short story "Leiningen Versus the Ants" by Carl Stephenson.

Awards

Top cast

Christopher Leiningen
Medicine Man
Joanna Leiningen
Gruber
Incacha
Indian #2
Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
English
United States of America

14. The Desert Song (1953)

Musical, Romance
played Lachmed
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
110.0
12 Show list

The Desert Song is a 1953 film version in Technicolor of Sigmund Romberg's operetta. It is the third film version of the operetta, the third made by Warner Brothers, and the second in full three-strip Technicolor. Although it was released in 1953, it was not made in widescreen; at that time Twentieth-Century Fox held the rights to Cinemascope, which was introduced that year in the film The Robe.

Awards

Top cast

Old Refugee
Sheik Yousseff
Gen. Birabeau
Hassan
Captain Claude Fontaine
Mindar
Margot Birabeau
El Khobar, Paul Bonnard
Benjamin 'Benjy' Kidd
Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
English
United States of America

15. Cry of the Hunted (1953)

Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
played Goodwin
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
80.0
William Grady Jr.
Jack Leonard
4 Show list

Cry of the Hunted is a 1953 film-noir action drama film based on the story by Jack Leonard and Marion Wolfe, written by Jack Leonard\t and directed by Joseph H.Lewis.

Awards

Top cast

Sheriff Brown
Janet Tunner
Lieutenant Tunner
Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
Harold Lipstein
English
United States of America

16. The Racket (1951)

Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
89.0
1 Show list

The Racket is a 1951 is a black-and-white film noir drama directed by John Cromwell with uncredited directing help from Nicholas Ray, Tay Garnett, Sherman Todd and Mel Ferrer. The production features Robert Mitchum, Lizabeth Scott, Robert Ryan, William Conrad and Ray Collins. The film, a remake of the 1928 film The Racket, is based on the Bartlett Cormack play.

Awards

Top cast

Captain Thomas McQuigg
Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
English
United States of America

17. The Sword of Monte Cristo (1951)

Adventure, Romance
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
80.0

The Sword of Monte Cristo is a film directed by Maurice Geraghty released on Mar 3, 1951.

Awards

Top cast

Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
English
United States of America

18. Cry Danger (1951)

Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
played Louie Castro
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
79.0
Sam Wiesenthal
,
W.R. Frank
9 Show list

Cry Danger is a 1951 film noir thriller shot in twenty-two days in Los Angeles. The film was directed by Robert Parrish, a former child star and later editor in his debut as a director.

Awards

Top cast

Second Cigarette Clerk
Detective Lt. Gus Cobb
Nancy Morgan
'Rocky' Mulloy
Castro's Gunman
Williams, Trailer Park Manager
Bookie
Alice Fletcher
Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
English
United States of America

19. Dial 1119 (1950)

Film-Noir, Thriller
played Chuckles
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
75.0
Richard Goldstone
Gerald Mayer
7 Show list

Dial 1119 is a 1950 film noir starring Marshall Thompson as a deranged escaped killer holding the customers of a bar hostage. It was directed by Gerald Mayer, nephew of Louis B. Mayer. 1119 is the police emergency number in the film.

Awards

Top cast

Earl
Dr. John D. Faron
Gunther Wyckoff
Helen
Police Capt. Henry Keiver
Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
Italian, English
United States of America

20. Tension (1950)

Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
95.0
Robert Sisk
John D. Klorer
,
Allen Rivkin
1 Show list

Tension is a 1949 crime thriller film noir directed by John Berry, and written by Allen Rivkin, based on a story written by John D. Klorer. The drama features Richard Basehart, Audrey Totter, Cyd Charisse, Barry Sullivan, and William Conrad.

Awards

Top cast

Mary Chanler
Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
,
Harry Stradling Jr.
English
United States of America

21. East Side, West Side (1949)

Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
108.0
3 Show list

East Side, West Side is a 1949 melodramatic crime film, starring Barbara Stanwyck as a wronged wife and Ava Gardner in one of her earliest roles, along with James Mason and Van Heflin. Based on a novel by Marcia Davenport and a screenplay by Isobel Lennart, the film was produced by Voldemar Vetluguin, directed by Mervyn Leroy and distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.

Awards

Top cast

Jessie Bourne
Rosa Senta
Isabel Lorrison
Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
English
United States of America

22. Any Number Can Play (1949)

Drama
played Frank Sistina
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
112.0
16 Show list $1.47M

Any Number Can Play is a 1949 film directed by Mervyn LeRoy.

Awards

Top cast

Jim Kurstyn
Charley Enley Kyng
Robbin Elcott
Pete Senta
Dr. Palmer
Paul Enley Kyng
Lon Kyng
Ben Gavery Snelerr
Mr. Reardon
Alice Elcott
Sarah Calbern
Lew 'Angie' Debretti
Mrs. Purcell
Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
English
United States of America

23. Sorry, Wrong Number (1948)

Drama, Film-Noir, Thriller
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
89.0
2 Show list

Sorry, Wrong Number is a 1948 American suspense film noir directed by Anatole Litvak and starring Barbara Stanwyck and Burt Lancaster. It tells the story of a woman who overhears a murder plot. The film was adapted by Lucille Fletcher from her 1943 radio play. It is one of the few pre-1950 Paramount Pictures films that remained in the studio's library.

Awards

Top cast

Henry Stevenson
Leona Stevenson
Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
English
United States of America

24. Four Faces West (1948)

Western
played Sheriff Egan
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
89.0
Harry Sherman
Teddi Sherman
,
8 Show list

Four Faces West is a 1948 Western film starring Joel McCrea, his real-life wife Frances Dee, and Charles Bickford. It is based on the novel Pasó por aquí by Eugene Manlove Rhodes. Its plot concerns a down-on-his-luck cowboy who robs a bank.

Awards

Top cast

Clint Waters
Florencio
Mrs. Winston
Monte Marquez
Pat Garrett
Ross McEwen
Fay Hollister
Conductor No.2
Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
Alfred Berke
English
United States of America

25. Body and Soul (1947)

Drama, Film-Noir, Sport
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
104.0
Bob Roberts
1 Show list 1 Show list

Body and Soul is a 1947 American film noir directed by Robert Rossen, and features John Garfield, Lilli Palmer, Hazel Brooks, Anne Revere and William Conrad. The film, written by Abraham Polonsky, is considered the first great film about boxing; it's also a cautionary tale about the lure of money—and how it can derail even a strong common man in his pursuit of success.

Awards

1947 Academy Award for Best Film Editing

Top cast

Charlie Davis
Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
Boxing
English
United States of America

Movies produced

Title Year Budget Awards Co-producers Directors Writers External resources
Assignment to Kill
Crime,Drama
1968
Countdown
Sci-Fi,Thriller
1968
An American Dream
Drama
1966
Brainstorm
Thriller,Drama
1965
Larry Marcus
Mann Rubin
The Ride Back
Drama,Western
1957
Oscar Rudolph
Allen H. Miner
Anthony Ellis

Movies directed

Average rating of directed movie by genre

GenreNum. of titlesAvg. rating
Mystery26.25
Thriller26.4
Drama26.4
Title Year Budget Awards Producers Co-directors Writers External resources
My Blood Runs Cold
Drama,Mystery,Thriller
1965
Brainstorm
Thriller,Drama
1965
Larry Marcus
Mann Rubin
Two on a Guillotine
Mystery,Horror
1965

Personal movie appearances

Title Year Appearance type Budget Awards Producers Directors Writers
God in a Strange Place
1959 Narrator
Bruce Herschensohn

Starring TV roles

1. Jake and the Fatman

Crime, Drama
Character Performance type Networks Seasons From To Created by First epizode air date Last epizode air date Num. of seassons Regular cast Languages

Jason McCabe
CBS
1987 1992 September 26th, 1987 September 12th, 1992 5 English

2. Cannon

Action, Crime, Mystery
Character Performance type Networks Seasons From To Created by First epizode air date Last epizode air date Num. of seassons Regular cast Languages

CBS
September 14th, 1971 March 3rd, 1976 6 English

3. Buck Rogers in the 25th Century

Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Character Performance type Networks Seasons From To Created by First epizode air date Last epizode air date Num. of seassons Regular cast Languages

NBC
September 20th, 1979 April 18th, 1981 3 English

4. Manimal

Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Character Performance type Networks Seasons From To Created by First epizode air date Last epizode air date Num. of seassons Regular cast Languages

NBC
September 30th, 1983 December 17th, 1983 1 English

5. The Making of Star Wars

Documentary
Character Performance type Networks Seasons From To Created by First epizode air date Last epizode air date Num. of seassons Regular cast Languages

American Broadcasting Company
September 16th, 1977

6. Automan

Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi
Character Performance type Networks Seasons From To Created by First epizode air date Last epizode air date Num. of seassons Regular cast Languages

American Broadcasting Company
December 15th, 1983 April 2nd, 1984 2
Jeff Pomerantz
English

7. The Fugitive

Adventure, Crime, Drama
Character Performance type Networks Seasons From To Created by First epizode air date Last epizode air date Num. of seassons Regular cast Languages

American Broadcasting Company
CBS
September 17th, 1963 August 29th, 1967 5 English

8. The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show

Animation, Comedy, Family
Character Performance type Networks Seasons From To Created by First epizode air date Last epizode air date Num. of seassons Regular cast Languages

American Broadcasting Company
NBC
November 19th, 1959 June 27th, 1964 12 English

9. Trauma Center

Character Performance type Networks Seasons From To Created by First epizode air date Last epizode air date Num. of seassons Regular cast Languages
American Broadcasting Company
September 22nd, 1983 December 8th, 1983 1 English

10. How the West Was Won

Character Performance type Networks Seasons From To Created by First epizode air date Last epizode air date Num. of seassons Regular cast Languages

American Broadcasting Company
1976 1979 4 English

11. Nero Wolfe

Drama, Mystery
Character Performance type Networks Seasons From To Created by First epizode air date Last epizode air date Num. of seassons Regular cast Languages

NBC
January 16th, 1981 August 25th, 1981 1 English

12. The Highwayman

Action, Sci-Fi
Character Performance type Networks Seasons From To Created by First epizode air date Last epizode air date Num. of seassons Regular cast Languages

NBC
September 20th, 1987 May 6th, 1988 2 English

13. The Return of the King

Animation, Action, Adventure
Character Performance type Networks Seasons From To Created by First epizode air date Last epizode air date Num. of seassons Regular cast Languages

May 11th, 1980 English

14. The New Adventures of the Lone Ranger

Character Performance type Networks Seasons From To Created by First epizode air date Last epizode air date Num. of seassons Regular cast Languages
September 13th, 1980

15. The Dudley Do-Right Show

Character Performance type Networks Seasons From To Created by First epizode air date Last epizode air date Num. of seassons Regular cast Languages
April 27th, 1969 1

16. This Man Dawson

Character Performance type Networks Seasons From To Created by First epizode air date Last epizode air date Num. of seassons Regular cast Languages
1959 1960 1 English

Guest TV appearances

Barnaby Jones

Program genre

Police procedural
Crime Fiction

External resources

Barnaby Jones is a television detective series starring Buddy Ebsen and Lee Meriwether as a father and daughter-in-law who run a private detective firm in Los Angeles. The show ran on CBS from January 28, 1973 to April 3, 1980, beginning as a mid-season replacement.
Appearance history
Epizode Air date Role Writer Director
S04-E01 September 19th, 1975 Frank Cannon
S01-E01 January 28th, 1973

Bat Masterson

Program genre

Western

External resources

Bat Masterson is an American Western television series which showed a fictionalized account of the life of real-life marshal/gambler/dandy Bat Masterson. The title character was played by Gene Barry and the half-hour black-and-white shows ran on NBC from 1958 to 1961. The series was produced by Ziv Television Productions, the company responsible for such hit series as Sea Hunt and Highway Patrol.
Appearance history
Epizode Air date Role Writer Director
S03-E22 March 9th, 1961 Dick McIntyre
S01-E04 October 29th, 1958 Clark Benson
David Friedkin

F Troop

Program genre

Sitcom
Western
Comedy
Military
Satire

External resources

F Troop is a satirical American television sitcom about U.S. soldiers and American Indians in the Wild West during the 1860s that originally aired for two seasons on ABC-TV. It debuted in the United States on September 14, 1965 and concluded its run on April 6, 1967 with a total of 65 episodes. The first season of 34 episodes was filmed in black-and-white, but the series switched to color for its second season.nThe series relies heavily on character-based humor; verbal and visual gags, slapstick, physical comedy and burlesque comedy make up the prime ingredients of F Troop. The series also plays fast and loose with historical events and persons and often deliberately parodies them for comical effect There are even some indirect references made to the culture of the 1960s such as a Playbrave Club and imitations of Rock & Roll bands.
Appearance history
Epizode Air date Role Writer Director
S01-E01 September 14th, 1965 , ,
Jim Barnett
Charles R. Rondeau

Gunsmoke

Program genre

Action
Action/Adventure
Western
Adventure Film

External resources

Gunsmoke is an American radio and television Western drama series created by director Norman Macdonnell and writer John Meston. The stories take place in and around Dodge City, Kansas, during the settlement of the American West. The central character is lawman Marshal Matt Dillon, played by William Conrad on radio and James Arness on television. When aired in the UK, the television series was initially titled Gun Law, later reverting to Gunsmoke.nThe radio version ran from 1952 to 1961, and John Dunning writes that among radio drama enthusiasts Gunsmoke is routinely placed among the best shows of any kind and any time.
Appearance history
Epizode Air date Role Writer Director
S19-E02 September 17th, 1973
S19-E01 September 10th, 1973

Have Gun – Will Travel

Program genre

Action
Adventure Film
Action/Adventure
Western

External resources

Have Gun – Will Travel is an American Western television series that aired on CBS from 1957 through 1963. It was rated number three or number four in the Nielsen ratings every year of its first four seasons. It was one of the few television shows to spawn a successful radio version. The radio series debuted November 23, 1958.nHave Gun – Will Travel was created by Sam Rolfe and Herb Meadow and produced by Frank Pierson, Don Ingalls, Robert Sparks, and Julian Claman. There were 225 episodes of the TV series, 24 written by Gene Roddenberry. Other contributors included Bruce Geller, Harry Julian Fink, Don Brinkley and Irving Wallace. Andrew McLaglen directed 101 episodes and 19 were directed by series star Richard Boone.nThe television show is shown on the Encore-Western channel.
Appearance history
Epizode Air date Role Writer Director
S05-E28 March 24th, 1962
S06-E01 September 15th, 1962

Hotel

Program genre

Soap opera
Drama

External resources

Hotel is an American prime time drama series which aired on ABC from September 21, 1983, to May 5, 1988, in the timeslot following Dynasty.nBased on Arthur Hailey's 1965 novel of the same name, the series was produced by Aaron Spelling and set in the elegant and fictitious St. Gregory Hotel in San Francisco. Establishing shots of the hotel were filmed in front of The Fairmont San Francisco atop the Nob Hill neighborhood. Episodes followed the activities of passing guests, as well as the personal and professional lives of the hotel staff.
Appearance history
Epizode Air date Role Writer Director
S03-E11 January 15th, 1986
S03-E10 January 8th, 1986 Art Patterson

It Takes a Thief

Program genre

Drama
Espionage
Action/Adventure
Adventure Film
Action

External resources

It Takes a Thief is an American action-adventure television series that aired on ABC for three seasons between January 9, 1968, and March 24, 1970. It stars Robert Wagner in his television debut as sophisticated thief Alexander Mundy, who works for the U.S. government in return for his release from prison. For most of the series, Malachi Throne played Noah Bain, Mundy's boss.nIt was among the last of the 1960s spy television genre, although Mission: Impossible continued for several more years. It Takes A Thief was inspired by, though not based upon, the 1955 Cary Grant motion picture To Catch a Thief, directed by Alfred Hitchcock; both of their titles stem from the English proverb It takes a thief to catch a thief.
Appearance history
Epizode Air date Role Writer Director
S03-E19 February 9th, 1970 the Countdown

Matlock

Program genre

Drama
Legal
Legal drama
Police procedural
Comedy-drama

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Matlock is an American television legal drama, starring Andy Griffith in the title role of criminal-defense attorney Ben Matlock. The show, produced by The Fred Silverman Company, Dean Hargrove Productions, Viacom Productions, and Paramount Television, originally aired from September 23, 1986, to May 8, 1992, on NBC; and from November 5, 1992, until May 7, 1995, on ABC.nThe show's format is similar to that of CBS's Perry Mason, with Matlock identifying the perpetrators and then confronting them in dramatic courtroom scenes. One difference, however, was that whereas Mason usually exculpated his clients at a pretrial hearing, Matlock usually secured an acquittal at trial, from the jury.
Appearance history
Epizode Air date Role Writer Director
S01-E07 October 28th, 1986 James L. McShane
S01-E08 November 4th, 1986

Police Squad!

Program genre

Television comedy
Police procedural
Crime Fiction
Comedy
Parody

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Police Squad! is a television comedy series first broadcast in 1982, created by David Zucker, Jim Abrahams and Jerry Zucker, and starring Leslie Nielsen. A spoof of police procedurals, the series featured Zucker, Abrahams and Zucker's usual sight gags, wordplay and non sequiturs. While a parody of many television shows and movies, it bore a particular resemblance to the Lee Marvin cop show, M Squad and the late 1960s series Felony Squad. Although cancelled after only six episodes, the show spawned the successful Naked Gun film series. TV Guide ranked it #7 on their 2013 list of 60 shows that were Cancelled Too Soon.
Appearance history
Epizode Air date Role Writer Director
S01-E06 July 8th, 1982 ,

Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In

Program genre

Sketch comedy
Comedy

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Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In is an American sketch comedy television program that ran for 140 episodes from January 22, 1968, to March 12, 1973, on the NBC television network. It was hosted by comedians Dan Rowan and Dick Martin and featured, at various times, Chelsea Brown, Johnny Brown, Ruth Buzzi, Judy Carne, Richard Dawson, Moosie Drier, Henry Gibson, Teresa Graves, Goldie Hawn, Arte Johnson, Larry Hovis, Sarah Kennedy, Jeremy Lloyd, Dave Madden, Pigmeat Markham, Gary Owens, Pamela Rodgers, Barbara Sharma, Jud Strunk, Alan Sues, Lily Tomlin and Jo Anne Worley.nLaugh-In originally aired as a one-time special on September 9, 1967 and was such a success that it was brought back as a series, replacing The Man from U.N.C.L.E. on Mondays at 8 pm.
Appearance history
Epizode Air date Role Writer Director
S06-E03 September 25th, 1972

Target: The Corruptors!

Program genre

Police procedural
Crime Fiction

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Target: The Corruptors! is an American crime drama series starring Stephen McNally which aired on ABC from September 29, 1961 to June 8, 1962. The series was produced by Dick Powell's Four Star Television.
Appearance history
Epizode Air date Role Writer Director
S01-E31 May 11th, 1962 Dan

The Aquanauts

Program genre

Adventure Film
Drama

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The Aquanauts is an American adventure/drama series that aired on CBS in the 1960-1961 season. The series stars Keith Larsen, Jeremy Slate and Ron Ely.
Appearance history
Epizode Air date Role Writer Director
S01-E15 January 25th, 1961 Corey

The Carol Burnett Show

Program genre

Sketch comedy
Comedy
Variety show

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The Carol Burnett Show is an American variety/sketch comedy television show starring Carol Burnett, Harvey Korman, Vicki Lawrence, Lyle Waggoner and Tim Conway. It originally ran on CBS from September 11, 1967 to March 29, 1978, for 278 episodes, and again with 9 episodes in the fall of 1991. The series originated in CBS Television City's Studio 33 and won 25 prime-time Emmy Awards, was ranked No. 16 on TV Guide's 50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time in 2002, and in 2007 was listed as one of Time magazine's 100 Best TV Shows of All Time.
Appearance history
Epizode Air date Role Writer Director
S08-E16 January 25th, 1975
S06-E23 March 17th, 1973

The Dean Martin Celebrity Roast

Program genre

Comedy
Variety show
Television comedy

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The Dean Martin Celebrity Roast is an NBC television special show hosted by entertainer Dean Martin from 1974 to 1984. For a series of 54 specials and shows, Martin would periodically roast a celebrity. These roasts were patterned after the roasts held at the New York Friars' Club.
Appearance history
Epizode Air date Role Writer Director
S01-E00 April 19th, 1976

The Dean Martin Show

Program genre

Variety show
Comedy
Television comedy

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The Dean Martin Show, also known as The Dean Martin Variety Show, is a TV variety-comedy series that ran from 1965 to 1974 for 264 episodes. It was broadcast by NBC and hosted by entertainer Dean Martin. The theme song to the series was his 1964 hit Everybody Loves Somebody.
Appearance history
Epizode Air date Role Writer Director
S09-E07 October 25th, 1973

The Ed Sullivan Show

Program genre

Reality television
Variety show
Comedy
Family
Sketch comedy

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The Ed Sullivan Show is an American TV variety show that ran on CBS from Sunday June 20, 1948 to Sunday June 6, 1971, and was hosted by New York entertainment columnist Ed Sullivan. It was replaced in September 1971 by the CBS Sunday Night Movie, which ran only one season and was eventually replaced by other shows.nIn 2002, The Ed Sullivan Show was ranked #15 on TV Guide's 50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time. In 2013, the series finished #31 in TV Guide Magazine's 60 Best Series of All Time.
Appearance history
Epizode Air date Role Writer Director
S08-E21 January 30th, 1955

The High Chaparral

Program genre

Western

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The High Chaparral is an American Western-themed television series starring Leif Erickson and Cameron Mitchell which aired on NBC from 1967 to 1971. The series, made by Xanadu Productions in association with NBC Productions, was created by David Dortort, who had previously created the hit Bonanza for the network. The theme song was also written and conducted by Bonanza scorer David Rose, who also scored the two-hour pilot.
Appearance history
Epizode Air date Role Writer Director
S04-E02 September 25th, 1970 'China' Pierce
William Wiard

The Man and the Challenge

Program genre

Adventure Film
Science Fiction

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The Man and the Challenge is a 36-segment half-hour television adventure/science fiction series which ran new episodes on NBC from September 12, 1959, to June 11, 1960. It starred George Nader as Dr. Glenn Barton, a research scientist for the Institute of Human Factors, an agency that conducted experiments designed to measure human endurance for the United States government. The series was produced by Ivan Tors.nNader's costars included Jack Ging as Dan Wright, Michael Masters as Bill Locke, the Canadian-born Joyce Meadows as Lynn Allen, and Michael Keith as Matt Adams. The episodes focused on various individuals setting world records of strength, endurance, and mastery of various difficult skills.
Appearance history
Epizode Air date Role Writer Director
S01-E06 October 17th, 1959 Jim Harrigan

The Name of the Game

Program genre

Adventure Film
Mystery

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The Name of the Game is an American television series that starred actors Tony Franciosa, Gene Barry, and Robert Stack, and ran from 1968 to 1971 on NBC, totaling 76 episodes of 90 minutes each. It was a pioneering wheel series, setting the stage for The Bold Ones and the NBC Mystery Movie in the 1970s. The show had an extremely large budget--and an unusually high one for a television series.
Appearance history
Epizode Air date Role Writer Director
S02-E12 December 12th, 1969 Arnold Wexler

The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour

Program genre

Variety show
Comedy

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The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour is an American variety show starring American pop-singer Cher and her husband Sonny Bono. The show ran on CBS in the United States, when it premiered in August 1971. The show was canceled May 1974, due to the couple's divorce, though the duo would reunite in 1976 for the identically-formatted The Sonny & Cher Show, which ran until 1977.
Appearance history
Epizode Air date Role Writer Director
S04-E13 December 19th, 1973

The Sonny & Cher Show

Program genre

Comedy

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The Sonny & Cher (1976–1977) is anTV Series.
Appearance history
Epizode Air date Role Writer Director
S02-E16 January 28th, 1977
Tim Kiley

Tony Orlando and Dawn

External resources

Tony Orlando and Dawn was a television variety show.
Appearance history
Epizode Air date Role Writer Director
S01-E05 December 4th, 1974

Wikipedia

Check William Conrad on wikipedia.

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