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Overview (5)

Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Died in Ojai, California, USA  (road accident)
Birth NameCharles Peter Conrad Jr.
Nickname Pete
Height 5' 6" (1.68 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Charles Conrad was born on June 2, 1930 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA as Charles Peter Conrad Jr. He was an actor, known for Beverly Hills, 90210 (1990), For All Mankind (1989) and It's Garry Shandling's Show. (1986). He was married to Nancy and Jane DuBose. He died on July 8, 1999 in Ojai, California, USA.

Spouse (2)

Nancy (? - 8 July 1999) ( his death)
Jane DuBose (? - 1989) ( divorced) ( 4 children)

Trivia (10)

Astronaut.
Third man to walk on the moon (Apollo 12).
Crew member on Gemini 5 mission, 1965. Navy test pilot and astronaut. Commander of the Apollo 12 mission to the moon in 1969. Conrad was the third man to walk on the moon, in November, 1969.
Over one chapter was dedicated almost solely to Charles Conrad in Tom Wolfe's book, The Right Stuff, however, no mention of him was made in the movie.
Biography in: "American National Biography". Supplement 1, pp. 125-126. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002.
Much to director Ron Howard's surprise, Conrad auditioned for a part in Apollo 13 (1995), genuinely wanting to be in the film. Howard couldn't find a part for him, but was overjoyed to meet him anyway.
He had four spaceflights during the Apollo era. Gemini 5 was flown with Mercury veteran Gordon Cooper. He commanded Gemini 11 flying with Richard Gordon docking with the Agena target vehicle immediately after achieving orbit as in a lunar mission. In Apollo 12 he, Alan Bean and Richard Gordon conducted the second trip to the moon bringing back lunar rocks and pieces of the Surveyor 3 probe. He also commanded the first Skylab mission with Paul Weitz and Joe Kerwin spending 28 days in space setting a new duration record. On the Apollo 12 flight the command module was called the Yankee Clipper while the lunar module was designated the Intrepid.
Conrad died July 8, 1999 from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident in Ojai, California.
NASA honored and celebrated Conrad's memory and his contributions to America's space program with the presentation of the Ambassador of Exploration Award on November 18, 2006, at The Museum of Flight in Seattle. Conrad's widow Nancy accepted the award on his behalf and presented it for display to The Museum of Flight President Bonnie Dunbar, also a former NASA astronaut. The award was a sample of lunar material mounted for public display. The material is part of the 842 pounds of samples brought back to Earth during the six Apollo lunar expeditions from 1969 to 1972.
He was interred in Arlington National Cemetery.

Personal Quotes (1)

[upon stepping onto the lunar surface and referring to Neil Armstrong's famous quote] Whoopee! Man, that may have been a small one for Neil, but that's a long one for me!

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