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William Conrad (I) (1920–1994)


William Conrad became a television star relatively late in his career. In fact, the former Army Air Corps World War II fighter pilot began his screen career playing heavies. He was Max, one of The Killers (1946) hired to finish off Burt Lancaster in his dingy lodgings. He was the corrupt state inspector Turck working for the syndicate in The Racket... See full bio »

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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

Cannon
Cannon Frank Cannon
(1971-1976)
The Killers
(1946)
The Naked Jungle
The Naked Jungle Commissioner
(1954)
Hudson Hawk
Hudson Hawk Narrator
(1991)

Filmography

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 1987-1992 Jake and the Fatman (TV Series)
Jason Lochinvar 'Fatman' McCabe
- Beautiful Dreamer (1992) ... Jason Lochinvar 'Fatman' McCabe
- Nightmare (1992) ... Jason Lochinvar 'Fatman' McCabe
- Ain't Misbehavin' (1992) ... Jason Lochinvar 'Fatman' McCabe
- All Through the Night (1992) ... Jason Lochinvar 'Fatman' McCabe
- I Can't Believe I'm Losing You (1992) ... Jason Lochinvar 'Fatman' McCabe
 1991 Hudson Hawk
Narrator (voice)
 1987 The Highwayman (TV Series)
Narrator (voice, uncredited)
 1987 The Highwayman (TV Movie)
Narrator
 1986 Matlock (TV Series)
D.A. James L. McShane
- The Don: Part 2 (1986) ... D.A. James L. McShane
- The Don: Part 1 (1986) ... D.A. James L. McShane
 1986 Vengeance: The Story of Tony Cimo (TV Movie)
Jim Dunn
 1986 Killing Cars
Mr. Mahoney
 1986 Hotel (TV Series)
Art Patterson
- Shadows of Doubt: Part 2 (1986) ... Art Patterson
- Shadows of Doubt: Part 1 (1986) ... Art Patterson
 1985 In Like Flynn (TV Movie)
Sgt. Dominic
 1984 Murder, She Wrote (TV Series)
Major Anatole Karzof
- Death Takes a Curtain Call (1984) ... Major Anatole Karzof
 1983 Manimal (TV Series)
Narrator
- Night of the Beast (1983) ... Narrator (uncredited)
- Breath of the Dragon (1983) ... Narrator (uncredited)
- Scrimshaw (1983) ... Narrator (uncredited)
- High Stakes (1983) ... Narrator (voice, uncredited)
- Female of the Species (1983) ... Narrator (voice, uncredited)
 1983 Trauma Center (TV Series)
Narrator
- Breakthrough (1983) ... Narrator (voice, uncredited)
- Trauma Center (Pilot) (1983) ... Narrator (voice, uncredited)
 1983 The Mikado (TV Movie)
The Mikado
 1982 Shocktrauma (TV Movie)
Dr. R Adams Cowley
 1982 Police Squad! (TV Series)
Stabbed Man
- Testimony of Evil (Dead Men Don't Laugh) (1982) ... Stabbed Man
 1981 Side Show (TV Movie)
Ring Announcer (voice)
 1981 Nero Wolfe (TV Series)
Nero Wolfe
- Sweet Revenge (1981) ... Nero Wolfe
- The Blue Ribbon Hostage (1981) ... Nero Wolfe
- The Murder in Question (1981) ... Nero Wolfe
- Death and the Dolls (1981) ... Nero Wolfe
- Gambit (1981) ... Nero Wolfe
 1980 The Return of Frank Cannon (TV Movie)
Frank Cannon
 1980 The Tarzan/Lone Ranger/Zorro Adventure Hour (TV Series)
The Lone Ranger (1980) (voice, as J. Darnoc)
 1980 Turnover Smith (TV Movie)
Thaddeus Smith
 1980 The Return of the King (TV Movie)
Lord Denethor (voice)
 1979-1980 Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (TV Series)
Narrator
- Flight of the War Witch (1980) ... Narrator (voice, uncredited)
- Buck's Duel to the Death (1980) ... Narrator (voice, uncredited)
- Space Rockers (1980) ... Narrator (voice, uncredited)
- A Dream of Jennifer (1980) ... Narrator (voice, uncredited)
- Olympiad (1980) ... Narrator (voice, uncredited)
 1980 Battles: The Murder That Wouldn't Die (TV Movie)
William Battles
 1979 The Rebels (TV Movie)
Narrator (voice)
 1979 Buck Rogers in the 25th Century
Opening Narrator / Draconian officer (voice, uncredited)
 1978 Keefer (TV Movie)
Keefer
 1976-1978 How the West Was Won (TV Series)
Narrator
- Interlude (1978) ... Narrator (voice, uncredited)
- Mormon Story (1978) ... Narrator (voice, uncredited)
- Buffalo Story (1978) ... Narrator (voice, uncredited)
- Bowie John Christie (1977) ... Narrator (voice, uncredited)
- Erika (1977) ... Narrator (voice, uncredited)
 1978 Night Cries (TV Movie)
Dr. Whelan
 1977 Tales of the Unexpected (TV Series)
Narrator
- No Way Out (1977) ... Narrator (voice)
- You're Not Alone (1977) ... Narrator (voice)
- Force of Evil (1977) ... Narrator (voice)
- A Hand for Sonny Blue (1977) ... Narrator (voice)
- The Nomads (1977) ... Narrator (voice)
 1977 Moonshine County Express
Jack Starkey
 1977 The Force of Evil (TV Movie)
Narrator
 1977 The City (TV Movie)
Narrator (voice)
 1971-1976 Cannon (TV Series)
Frank Cannon
- Madman (1976) ... Frank Cannon
- Bloodlines (1976) ... Frank Cannon
- Point After Death (1976) ... Frank Cannon
- Snapshot (1976) ... Frank Cannon
- The Quasar Kill (1976) ... Frank Cannon
 1973-1975 Barnaby Jones (TV Series)
Frank Cannon
- The Deadly Conspiracy: Part 2 (1975) ... Frank Cannon
- Requiem for a Son (1973) ... Frank Cannon
 1975 Attack on Terror: The FBI vs. the Ku Klux Klan (TV Movie)
Narrator (voice, uncredited)
 1973 The Wild, Wild World of Animals (TV Series)
Narrator (1973-76) (voice)
 1973 Gunsmoke (TV Series)
Narrator
- Women for Sale: Part 2 (1973) ... Narrator (voice)
- Women for Sale: Part 1 (1973) ... Narrator (voice)
 1971 O'Hara, U.S. Treasury (TV Series)
Keegan
- O'Hara, U.S. Treasury (1971) ... Keegan
 1971 Cannon (TV Movie)
Frank Cannon
 1971 D.A.: Conspiracy to Kill (TV Movie)
Chief Vincent Kovac
 1970 Men at Law (TV Series)
Kornedi
- Survivors Will Be Prosecuted (1970) ... Kornedi
 1970 The High Chaparral (TV Series)
China Pierce
- Spokes (1970) ... China Pierce
 1970 The Brotherhood of the Bell (TV Movie)
Bart Harris
 1970 Chisum
Narrator - Opening Credits (voice, uncredited)
 1970 It Takes a Thief (TV Series)
Strategy Room Announcer
- Situation Red (1970) ... Strategy Room Announcer (voice, uncredited)
 1969 The Name of the Game (TV Series)
Arnold Wexler
- The Power (1969) ... Arnold Wexler
 1963-1967 The Fugitive (TV Series)
Narrator
- The Judgment: Part II (1967) ... Narrator (voice, uncredited)
- The Judgment: Part I (1967) ... Narrator (voice, uncredited)
- The Shattered Silence (1967) ... Narrator (voice, uncredited)
- The Walls of Night (1967) ... Narrator (voice, uncredited)
- Dossier on a Diplomat (1967) ... Narrator (voice, uncredited)
 1967 Countdown
TV Newscaster (voice, uncredited)
 1967 First to Fight
Narrator (voice, uncredited)
 1966 Chamber of Horrors
Narrator (voice, uncredited)
 1965 Battle of the Bulge
Narrator (uncredited)
 1965 F Troop (TV Series)
Announcer
- Scourge of the West (1965) ... Announcer (voice, uncredited)
 1965 Hoppity Hooper (TV Series)
Narrator / Sparring Partner / Spectator #1 / ...
- Wonder Water (1965) ... Narrator / Sparring Partner / Spectator #1 / ... (voice, uncredited)
 1965 Brainstorm
Mental Patient (uncredited)
 1965 My Blood Runs Cold
Deputy on Radio (voice, uncredited)
 1965 Two on a Guillotine
Fat Man in Hall of Mirrors (uncredited)
 1964 Temple Houston (TV Series)
 1963-1964 77 Sunset Strip (TV Series)
Maestrian / Baseball Announcer / Bystander / ...
- The Target (1964) ... Maestrian
- By His Own Verdict (1963) ... Baseball Announcer (voice, uncredited)
- 5: The Conclusion (1963) ... Bystander (uncredited)
- Never to Have Loved (1963) ... Clapper (uncredited)
 1961-1963 The Bullwinkle Show (TV Series)
Narrator / Dudley Do-Right Narrator / Mexican #3
- Moosylvania: Parts 3-4 (1963) ... Narrator (voice, as Bill Conrad)
- The Ruby Yacht: Parts 3-4 (1963) ... Narrator (voice, as Bill Conrad)
- Bullwinkle's Testimonial Dinner: Parts 3-4 (1963) ... Narrator (voice, as Bill Conrad)
- The Weather Lady: Parts 3-4 (1963) ... Narrator (voice, as Bill Conrad)
- Louse on 92nd Street: Parts 3-4 (1963) ... Narrator (voice, as Bill Conrad)
 1963 The Fugitive (TV Movie)
Narrator
 1963 The Alfred Hitchcock Hour (TV Series)
Sgt. Cresse
- The Thirty-First of February (1963) ... Sgt. Cresse
 1962 G.E. True (TV Series)
Dr. James Fallon
- Circle of Death (1962) ... Dr. James Fallon
 1962 Have Gun - Will Travel (TV Series)
Norge / Moses Kadish
- Genesis (1962) ... Norge
- Man Who Struck Moonshine (1962) ... Moses Kadish
 1962 Target: The Corruptors (TV Series)
Dan
- Yankee Dollar (1962) ... Dan
 1962 Geronimo
Narrator (voice, uncredited)
 1962 Gorath
Narrator (uncredited)
 1959-1961 Rocky and His Friends (TV Series)
Narrator / Three-Finger / Dudley Do-Right Narrator / ...
- Subway Finish, or An Underground Round/The Last Edition, or Five-Scar Final (1961) ... Narrator / Three-Finger (voice, as Bill Conrad)
- When Moose Meets Moose, or Two's a Crowd/The Midnight Chew-Chew, or This Gum for Hire (1961) ... Narrator / Three-Finger (voice, as Bill Conrad)
- Boris Badenov and His Friends?/Bars of Steal, or The Hard Cell (1961) ... Narrator / Three-Finger (voice, as Bill Conrad)
- Hop Skip and Junk, or Bullwinkle's Big Tow/Bucks for Boris, or The Green Paper Caper (1961) ... Narrator / Three-Finger (voice, as Bill Conrad)
- The Bank Busters, or The Great Vaults/Sweet Violence, or The Yegg and I (1961) ... Narrator / Three-Finger (voice, as Bill Conrad)
 1961 The Dudley Do-Right Show (TV Series)
Narrator
 1958-1961 Bat Masterson (TV Series)
Dick MacIntyre / Clark Benson
- Terror on the Trinity (1961) ... Dick MacIntyre
- Stampede at Tent City (1958) ... Clark Benson
 1961 The Aquanauts (TV Series)
Corey
- Killers in Paradise (1961) ... Corey
 1959-1960 This Man Dawson (TV Series)
Narrator
- Out on a Ledge (1960) ... Narrator
- Juvenile Delinquent (1960) ... Narrator (uncredited)
- Three X (1960) ... Narrator (uncredited)
- Thief of the City (1960) ... Narrator (uncredited)
- The Informer (1960) ... Narrator
 1960 Tombstone Territory (TV Series)
Frank Banter
- The Governor (1960) ... Frank Banter
 1959 -30-
Jim Bathgate
 1959 The Man and the Challenge (TV Series)
Jim Harrigan
- Invisible Force (1959) ... Jim Harrigan
 1958 The Rough Riders (TV Series)
Wade Hacker
- The Governor (1958) ... Wade Hacker
 1957 Zero Hour!
Narrator (voice, uncredited)
 1957 The Ride Back
Sheriff Chris Hamish
 1956 Johnny Concho
Tallman
 1956 The Conqueror
Kasar
 1955 5 Against the House
Eric Berg
 1954 The Bob Mathias Story
Narrator (voice, uncredited)
 1954 The Naked Jungle
Commissioner
 1953 The Desert Song
Lachmed
 1953 Cry of the Hunted
Goodwin
 1952 Lone Star
Mizette
 1951 The Racket
Det. Sgt. Turk
 1951 The Sword of Monte Cristo
Major Nicolet
 1951 Cry Danger
Castro
 1950 Dial 1119
Chuckles - Bartender
 1950 The Milkman
Mike Morrel
 1950 One Way Street
Ollie
 1950 Escape (TV Series)
Narrator (voice)
 1949 East Side, West Side
Lt. Jacobi
 1949 Tension
Police Lt. Edgar Gonsales
 1949 Any Number Can Play
Frank Sistina
 1948 Joan of Arc
Guillaume Erard (A Prosecutor)
 1948 Sorry, Wrong Number
Morano
 1948 Four Faces West
Sheriff Egan
 1948 To the Victor
Farnsworth
 1948 Arch of Triumph
Policeman at Accident (uncredited)
 1947 Body and Soul
Quinn
 1946 The Killers
Max
 1945 Pillow to Post
First Motorcycle Cop (uncredited)
Show Show Director (30 credits)
Show Show Producer (15 credits)
Show Show Soundtrack (3 credits)
Show Show Music department (1 credit)
Show Show Self (40 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (9 credits)

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Personal Details

Other Works:

(Early 1980s) Narrated "High Flight," poem by John Gillespie Magee, Jr. for United States Air Force public service announcement film. See more »

Publicity Listings:

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Alternate Names:

Bill Conrad | J. Darnoc

Height:

5' 7½" (1.71 m)
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Trivia:

Buried at Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills in the Lincoln Terrace Plot # 4448. He is surrounded by his fellow TV detectives at this cemetery who are either in the same section or within very close proximity. They include Telly Savalas and George Savalas from Kojak (1973) and William Talman, Wesley Lau, and Ray Collins of Perry Mason (1957) fame and Dragnet (1951)'s Jack Webb. See more »

Trademark:

Gravelly, resonant voice

Nickname:

Bill

Star Sign:

Libra

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