Sunday, August 18, 2013



From Wikipedia:
Robert Conrad (born March 1, 1935) is an American film and television actor, best known for his role in the 1965–69 CBS television series 'The Wild Wild West', playing the sophisticated Secret Service agent James T. West. He also portrayed World War II ace Pappy Boyington in the television series 'Baa Baa Black Sheep'. He was a recording artist of pop/rock songs in the early 1960s as Bob Conrad before he began his acting career. He has hosted a weekly two hour national radio show ("The PM Show with Robert Conrad") on CRN Digital Talk Radio.

 In 1959, he played Billy the Kid in the episode "Amnesty" of the ABC/Warner Brothers western series, 'Colt .45', starring Wayde Preston. Willis Bouchey appears in this episode as Governor Lew Wallace of the New Mexico Territory, who offers The Kid amnesty.

Before 'The Wild Wild West', Conrad played Tom Lopaka on the ABC/WB series, 'Hawaiian Eye', opposite Anthony Eisley and Connie Stevens. The show was a hit and lasted from 1959 to 1963. The show was also a big hit overseas. In Mexico he signed a recording contract with the Orfeon label where he released two albums a few singles sung in spanish and was introduced as Tom Lopaka himself. 

In the 1970s, he played such roles as prosecuting attorney Paul Ryan in a short-lived 1971 CBS series, 'The D.A.', and American spy Jake Webster in the series 'Assignment Vienna'. He also starred in a third season episode of 'Mannix' called "The Playground" and an episode of 'Columbo', "An Exercise in Fatality". With his muscular build and cigarette-induced gravelly voice, Conrad found ratings success from 1976 to 1978 playing legendary tough-guy World War II fighter ace Pappy Boyington in 'Baa Baa Black Sheep' on NBC, retitled for its second season and in later syndication as 'Black Sheep Squadron'.

He played a modern-day variation of James West in the short-lived series 'A Man Called Sloane' in 1979, which was around the same time that he reprised the role of West in a pair of made-for-TV films. He also starred in the 1978 TV miniseries 'Centennial' on NBC.[citation needed]

In 1988, Conrad starred in a short-lived television series, 'High Mountain Rangers', with two of his sons. 'High Mountain Rangers', known for its spectacular scenery and stunts, had a one season spin-off, Jesse Hawkes.

In 2006, Conrad recorded audio introductions for every episode of the first season of 'The Wild Wild West' for its North American DVD release on June 6.

'Just Shoot Me'
"Jack Gets Tough"

Thinking he was writing about William Conrad (who was safely dead), Jack Gallo wrote in his auto-biography that he once beat up Robert Conrad.  Conrad then showed up to set things right.


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