Robert Conrad

Actor, Producer, Screenwriter
A ruggedly handsome leading man for over three decades on American television, Robert Conrad first gained audiences' attention as detective Tom Lopaka on the light-hearted crime series "Hawaiian Eye" (ABC, 1959-1963) ... Read more »
Born: 03/01/1935 in Chicago, Illinois, USA

Filmography

Actor (70)

New Jersey Turnpikes 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

At Home With... 1998 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

A Man Called Sloane 1978 - 1980, 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Nash Bridges 1999 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Duke 1978 - 1979, 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Ed Asner: Lovable Grouch 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Jingle All the Way 1996 (Movie)

Officer Hummell (Actor)

High Sierra Search and Rescue 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Search and Rescue 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The Next Disaster: Are You Prepared? 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Gladiator School 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Glory Days 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

The 23rd Annual Academy of Country Music Awards 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Performer

The CBS Cotton Bowl Parade 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

All Star Party For Clint Eastwood 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

High Mountain Rangers 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

NBC's 60th Anniversary Celebration 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

WrestleMania 2 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Battle of the Network Stars XV 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

That's TV 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

Wrong Is Right 1982 (Movie)

General Wombat (Actor)

The Way They Were 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

Battle of the Network Stars VII 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

Celebrity Challenge of the Sexes 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

Battle of the Network Stars V 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

Battle of the Network Stars VI 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

Battle of the Network Stars III 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

Celebrity Challenge of the Sexes 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

Circus of the Stars 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

The Lady in Red 1978 (Movie)

Jimmy Lawrence (Actor)

Battle of the Network Stars I 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Battle of the Network Stars II 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Celebrity Challenge of the Sexes 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Adam-12 1968 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

Assignment: Vienna 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

Live a Little, Steal a Lot 1973 (Movie)

Allan Kuhn (Actor)

The D.A. 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

The D.A.: Conspiracy to Kill 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

Actor

The Wild Wild West 1965 - 1970 (TV Show)

Actor

Young Dillinger 1964 (Movie)

Pretty Boy Floyd (Actor)

Hawaiian Eye 1959 - 1963 (TV Show)

Actor

Palm Springs Weekend 1962 (Movie)

Eric Dean (Actor)

Anything to Survive (TV Show)

Actor

Assassin (TV Show)

Actor

Baa Baa Black Sheep (TV Show)

Actor

Breaking Up Is Hard to Do (TV Show)

Actor

Centennial (TV Show)

Actor

Charley Hannah (TV Show)

Actor

Coach of the Year (TV Show)

Actor

Five Desperate Women (TV Show)

Actor

Glory Days (Movie)

(Actor)

Hard Knox (TV Show)

Actor

High Mountain Rangers (TV Show)

Actor

Jesse Hawkes (TV Show)

Actor

Mario and the Mob (TV Show)

Actor

More Wild Wild West (TV Show)

Actor

One Police Plaza (TV Show)

Actor

Smash-Up on Interstate 5 (TV Show)

Actor

Sworn to Vengeance (TV Show)

Actor

The Fifth Missile (TV Show)

Actor

The Last Day (TV Show)

Actor

Two Fathers' Justice (TV Show)

Actor

Weekend of Terror (TV Show)

Actor

Will, G. Gordon Liddy (TV Show)

Actor
Director (1)

Glory Days (Movie)

(Director)

Biography

A ruggedly handsome leading man for over three decades on American television, Robert Conrad first gained audiences' attention as detective Tom Lopaka on the light-hearted crime series "Hawaiian Eye" (ABC, 1959-1963). But his true breakout series came as the 19th-century secret agent James T. West in the tongue-in-cheek Western adventure "The Wild, Wild West" (CBS, 1965-69). The series helped to establish Conrad as an actor who enjoyed doing his own stunts - occasionally to his own physical detriment. In the 1970s, Conrad starred as real-life World War II flying ace Gregory "Pappy" Boyington on the action-comedy series "Baa Baa Black Sheep" (NBC, 1976-78), which he helped to rescue from oblivion by directly lobbying TV station managers after the network canceled the series. He broke out of the tough guy mold on several occasions, most notably in the epic miniseries "Centennial" (1979) and in the title role of the TV-movie "Will: The Autobiography of G. Gordon Liddy" (1981), but audiences preferred him in the masculine vein of his previous screen incarnations. He enjoyed greater small-screen success as the pitchman for Everyready batteries - where he virtually challenged the viewer to knock the battery off his shoulder - than in any series or TV-movie. Still remarkably fit in his fifth and sixth decades, he continued to star as hard-nosed types in TV-movies and short-lived television shows throughout the 1990s before largely retiring at the turn of the millennium, leaving behind a legacy of tough guy roles fans could never forget.

Relationships

Camille Conrad

Daughter
mother, LaVelda Fann

Chelsea Conrad

Daughter
mother, LaVelda Fann

Christy Conrad

Daughter
mother, Joan Kenlay

Kaja Conrad

Daughter
mother, LaVelda Fann

Nancy Conrad

Daughter
mother, Joan Kenlay

Christian Conrad

Son
born on September 17, 1964 mother, Joan Kenlay

Shane Conrad

Son
born on September 24, 1971 mother, Joan Kenlay

Joan Erwin

Daughter
mother, Joan Kenlay

LaVelda Fann

Wife
married in 1977 mother of Conrad's three younger children

Joan Kenlay

Wife
married in 1952 divorced mother of Conrad's five older children

EDUCATION

Northwestern University

Evanston , Illinois

Milestones

1996

Had first big screen role in over a decade in "Jingle All the Way"

1995

Created and starred in the short-lived NBC series "High Sierra Search and Rescue"; wife LaVelda Fann was a regular on the show

1994

Reteamed with George Hamilton for the sequel "Two Fathers: Justice for the Innocent" (NBC)

1994

Starred in the NBC pilot "Search and Rescue"

1989

With sons Christian and Shane, starred in the sequel series "Jesse Hawkes" (CBS)

1988

Credited as creator and also starred in "High Mountain Rangers" (CBS); sons Christian and Shane co-starred

1988

Directed and starred in the CBS TV-movie "Glory Days"

1987

Made CBS pilot "High Mountain Rangers"

1986

Played title role in the CBS movie "Charley Hannah"

1985

Teamed with George Hamilton for "Two Fathers' Justice" (NBC)

1984

Had title role in the busted NBC pilot "Hard Knox"

1982

Last film appearance for 14 years in "Wrong Is Right"

1982

Had title role in the NBC TV-movie "Will, G Gordon Liddy"

1980

Again played West in "More Wild Wild West" (CBS)

1979

First reprised the role of James West in the CBS TV-movie "The Wild Wild West Revisited"

1979

Played John Dillinger in "The Lady in Red"

1979

Starred in short-lived series "The Duke" (NBC); also directed episodes

1974

Portrayed Allan Kuhn, the partner of burglar Jack Murphy in the big screen biopic "Murph the Surf/Live a Little, Steal a Lot"; Conrad and Kuhn developed the story for the feature

1972

Starred in the unsuccessful pilot "The

1968

First played the character of Paul Ryan in the NBC TV-movie "The D.A.: Murder One"

1965

Portrayed Pretty Boy Floyd in the biopic "Young Dillinger"

1959

Co-starred in the ABC detective series "Hawaiian Eye"

1958

Earliest feature film appearances include a role in "Thundering Jets"

Played title role in series "A Man Called Sloane" (NBC); also directed episodes

Sang in Chicago nightclubs while working as a milk truck driver

Appeared as Pappy Boyington in "Baa Baa Black Sheep/The Black Sheep Squadron"; also directed episodes ; daughter Nancy Conrad appeared in episodes as a nurse

Reprised role of District Attorney Paul Ryan in "The D.A." (NBC)

Toured with a nightclub act; appeared in USA, Australia and Mexico

Played the French-Canadian trapper Pasquinel in the NBC miniseries "Centennial"

Actor Nick Adams helped Conrad to obtain a contract at Warner Bros.

Starred in "Assignment: Vienna" (ABC)

Starred as James West on the CBS series "The Wild, Wild West"

Bonus Trivia

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March 2003, Conrad was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol after a head-on crash with another car. The driver of the other vehicle, suffered multiple fractures to his left leg.

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