Born in New York City, New York, Michael Conrad made his television debut in 1955. His career spanned nearly 30 years, in which time he mostly made guest appearances on various shows. Conrad also played many supporting parts in movies, but became best known for his role as the eloquent Sgt. Phil Esterhaus in the police drama Hill Street Blues, for which he won Two Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Emmy awards. He was married for four years to Emille Demille before they divorced in 1967, and was married to Sima Goldberg from 1974 until his death in 1983 of cancer.