William Conrad Biography
(Actor, Producer, and Director Who Worked in Radio, Film, and Television for Over Fifty Years)
Birthday: September 27, 1920 (Libra)
Born In: Louisville, Kentucky, United States
William Conrad was an actor and filmmaker from America. He was also a fighter pilot, who served during the World War II. Originally from Kentucky, Conrad relocated to Hollywood following the end of his military service and started working as an actor. He made his screen debut in the 1945 comedy film ‘Pillow to Post’. Over the course of his five-decade-long career, he had worked in numerous radio shows, films, and television projects. As a radio writer and actor, he voiced the character Marshall Matt Dillon in ‘Gunsmoke’. He also served as the narrator in TV shows like ‘Rocky and Bullwinkle’ and ‘The Fugitive’. In the 1950s, he was not getting as many offers to appear in films as he once used to, so he decided to do more television roles. Conrad’s most memorable performance was as the titular character in the detective series ‘Cannon’. He also portrayed detective Nero Wolfe in ‘Nero Wolfe’ and prosecutor Jason Lochinvar "J.L." "Fatman" McCabe in the legal-drama ‘Jake and the Fatman’. In 1997, about three years after his death, Conrad was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame.