Robert Conrad (born Conrad Robert Falk; March 1, 1935 – February 8, 2020) was an American film and television actor, singer, and stuntman.He is best known for his role in the 1965–1969 television series The Wild Wild West, playing the sophisticated Secret Service agent James T. West.
Born at 3:34pm-CST. Lived in Bear Valley, CA, a ski resort village in the High Sierra; has three young daughters, (Kaja Conrad, Camille Conrad, Chelsea Conrad), with LaVelda Fann and five other children from a previous marriage. Father of Christian Conrad, Nancy Conrad, Shane Conrad and Joan Conrad.
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As virile and athletic as ever in the 1990s, Robert Conrad has continued to appear in action roles both on TV and in films; he has also maintained strong ties with his hometown of Chicago, and can be counted upon to show up at a moment's notice as a guest on the various all-night programs of Chicago radio personality Eddie Schwartz.
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Feb 08, 2020 · Conrad was born in Chicago on March 1, 1935, Ballard said. He worked as a milkman while he pursued a career as a nightclub singer before packing up and moving to Los Angeles in 1958. He was quickly...
Robert Conrad, Actor: Baa Baa Black Sheep. Robert Conrad was a graduate of Northwestern University, spending his first few years out of school supporting himself and his family by driving a milk truck and singing in a Chicago cabaret. Conrad befriended up-and-coming actor Nick Adams during this period, and it was Adams who helped Conrad get his first Hollywood work in 1957. A few movie bit...
Feb 09, 2020 · Robert Conrad passed away on Saturday, February 08, 2020, at the age of 84 in Malibu, California. Little less than a month before his 85 th birthday, he took his last breath, and the cause behind his death is reported to be heart failure. Conrad is survived by his eight children and 18 grandchildren, shared with his ex-wives Joan Kenlay and ...
Birthplace. Chicago , IL. DEATH DATE. Feb 8, 2020 ( age 84 ) Popularity. Most Popular #44170. Born in 1935 #36. Pisces Named Robert #10.
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Conrad was born Conrad Robert Falk in Chicago, Illinois. His father, born Leonard Henry Falk (born November 3, 1918), was then 16 years old; Leonard was of German descent. His mother, Alice Jacqueline Hartman (born May 15, 1919, daughter of Conrad and Hazel Hartman), was 15 years old when she gave birth, and named her son after her father. She became the first publicity director of Mercury Records, where she was known as Jackie Smith. She married twice, including once to Chicago radio personality Eddie Hubbard in 1948. Eddie Hubbard and Jackie Smith reportedly had a child together (born circa 1949)before splitting up in 1958. Conrad attended Chicago schools including South Shore High School, Hyde Park High School, the YMCA Central School, and New Trier High School. He dropped out at age 15 to live on his own and begin working full time, including jobs loading trucks for Consolidated Freightwaysand Eastern Freightways, and driving a milk delivery truck for Chicago's Bowman Dairy. Aft...
In 1957, Conrad met actor Nick Adams while visiting James Dean's gravesite in Fairmount, Indiana.Template:Sfn The two became friends, and Adams suggested that Conrad move to California to pursue acting.Template:Sfn Adams got a bit part for Conrad in the 1958 film Juvenile Jungle.Template:Sfn Adams was supposed to appear in it, but later withdrew so he could take a part in a different movie.Template:Sfn His brief non-speaking role in Juvenile Jungle enabled him to join the Screen Actors Guild....
Conrad was soon signed to an acting contract by Warner Bros. He also sang, and released several recordings with Warner Bros. Records on a variety of LPs, EPs, and SPs 33-1/3 and 45 rpm records during the late 1950s and early 1960s. He had a minor Billboardhit song in "Bye Bye Baby" which reached #113. At Warner, he appeared in the 1958 second season of the James Garner series Maverick (episode: "Yellow River"). He guest-starred in a number of other shows, either for Warner or Ziv Television,...
Warner Brothers had a big success with its detective show 77 Sunset Strip and then made Hawaiian Eye, a follow-up series. Conrad starred as detective Tom Lopaka. He was introduced on Strip, then spun off into his own series that ran from 1959 to 1963, both in the U.S. and overseas. During the series' run, Conrad appeared on an episode of the Warner Brothers series The Gallant Men. When Hawaiian Eye was over, Conrad starred in Palm Springs Weekend (1963), Warners' attempt to repeat the success...
Conrad and his first wife Joan were married for 25 years until an amicable divorce. The couple had five children. His second marriage to LaVelda Ione Fann produced three children. They met when he emceed the Miss National Teenager Pageant, which she won. Conrad was joined on some television shows by his sons, Shane and Christian, and his daughter, Nancy. Another daughter, Joan, became a television producer. In a 2008 interview, Conrad described Chicago Outfit made man and burglar Michael Spilotro as his "best friend". Spilotro's slaying was featured in the movie Casino. In 1984, Conrad was awarded a star on the Walk of Western Stars in Newhall, California.
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Apr 12, 2018 · That’s the case of Robert Conrad, the 83-year-old actor who is confined to a wheelchair after he had a bad car accident in March 2003. Conrad himself caused the crash as he was driving under the influence. After the accident, he couldn’t control his left arm and suffered a partial paralysis of the right side of his body.