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William Conrad
Birth: Sep. 27, 1920
Louisville
Jefferson County
Kentucky, USA
Death: Feb. 11, 1994
Los Angeles
Los Angeles County
California, USA

Actor, Movie Director. His baritone voice made him a natural for radio starting in the late 1930s. William Conrad's career encompassed radio and the movies but achieved National stardom for his series roles on television. He was born as William Cann in Louisville, Kentucky. His professional career began as a musician while showing promise as a fairly good singer. Conrad made a singing debut late in Gilbert & Sullivan's 'The Mikado' in 1984. He served as a fighter pilot in World War II and then returned to the airwaves in the postwar lending his voice to thousands of roles during radio's heyday. His most noteworthy was as Matt Dillion in the Radio version of Gunsmoke which aired from 1952-1961. When the series was brought to television, his sizable girth eliminated him as Matt. Other radio series included 'Escape, Suspense and the Damon Runyon Theater.' Conrad was cast in various film roles, usually as a threatening figure appearing in 'The Killers, Body and Soul, Sorry, Wrong Number, Joan of Arc and the Naked Jungle.' He was a producer-director for Warner Brothers for some 15 years producing many low budget movies. His Westerns were: 'Four Faces West, Lone Star, The Desert Song, Cry of the Hunted, The Cowboy, Johnny Concho and The Ride Back.' With the unset of television, he returned to voice work reminisce of his early radio days. He narrated the Bullwinkle cartoons and many other animated shows on television. In the 1970s he began the road to ultimate renown coming from behind the voice and starring in three detective series: 'Cannon,' 'Nero Wolfe' and 'Jake and the Fatman.' Conrad had a very stable home life until his wife Suzie, after a thirty year marriage, passed away. They had one son Christopher who became a professional photographer specializing in images for the food industry: Cook books, menus and food periodicals. His second wife was the widow of newsman Chet Huntley. During his career, he was nominated twice for a Golden Globe Award, both for 'Actor In A Leading Role' for his Cannon TV Series. After his appearance in 'Jake and the Fatman,' his health began to deteriorate and he passed away in North Hollywood after suffering a massive heart attack at the age of 73. After his death, he was elected to the Radio Hall of Fame. (bio by: Donald Greyfield (inactive)) 
 
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  Tipton "Tippy" Stringer Conrad (1930 - 2010)*
 
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Burial:
Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Hollywood Hills)
Los Angeles
Los Angeles County
California, USA
Plot: Lincoln Terrace plot 4448
GPS (lat/lon): 34.1428, -118.31882
 
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Record added: Feb 10, 1999
Find A Grave Memorial# 4517
William Conrad
Added by: Donald Greyfield (inactive)
 
William Conrad
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William Conrad
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Rest In Peace
- She Who Remembers
 Added: Sep. 8, 2014
Since We've Never Met Each Other, I Came To Visit You Today William, May You Rest In Eternal Peace.
- Robert David Miller
 Added: Aug. 29, 2014

- Stacey
 Added: Aug. 25, 2014
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