William Conrad


William Conrad Trivia


  • Trivia

    • CBS asked producer Quinn Martin to create a series especially for William Conrad. Cannon was the result.

    • Conrad appeared as Frank Cannon, his character on Cannon, in two episodes of Barnaby Jones, including the pilot.

    • Conrad was a regular on a number of radio shows, including "Escape," "The Damon Runyon Theater," "The Lux Radio Theater," "Nightbeat," "Fibber McGee and Molly," and "Suspense."

    • Conrad was nominated for Emmys in 1973 and 1974 for his role in Cannon.

    • William was nominated for a Golden Globe for his role in Cannon in 1972 and 1973.

    • Conrad's feature movies include "The Killers" (1946), "Body and Soul" (1947), "Sorry, Wrong Number" (1948), "Joan of Arc" (1948), and "The Naked Jungle" (1954).

    • For 15 years Conrad was under contract with Warner Brothers, as a producer-director. Many of his feature films of the era were westerns.

    • William Conrad lent his voice to many TV shows as narrator. These include: The Highwayman, Manimal, Trauma Center, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, The Rebels, Tales of the Unexpected, and the TV mini-series, How the West was Won. He also narrated The Fugitive and did voice-over work on many commercials during the 70's.

    • In a 1956 episode of the radio show, "Suspense," Conrad demonstrated his versatility by performing all the roles.

    • William was a fighter pilot during World War II.

    • In 1997 William Conrad was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame. He estimated he appeared in over 7,500 roles on radio.

    • He was the original Matt Dillon on the radio version of Gunsmoke.

  • Quotes

    • William Conrad: (on guest starring on other TV shows, including Barnaby Jones, while starring in Cannon) The Cannon people would be happy if I didn't do anything else — they're worried I might collapse. I do all these things because I like to do them. It's relaxation for me, a kick in the butt.... Quinn Martin, who produces both shows, asked me if I would do Buddy's first program, and I said I'd be delighted. If I hadn't wanted to do it, I wouldn't have.

    • William Conrad: Nobody else seems to mind my size, so why should I? I heard that Weight Watchers had banned its members from watching the show, but it turned out to be a gag. The publicist for Weight Watchers did call and suggest that I have lunch with their president. I said sure — if I could pick the restaurant.

    • William Conrad: (on whether his size effects his work on Cannon) There's nothing wrong with the word 'fat,' If you're fat, you're fat. I'm as healthy as I can be; I haven't felt so good in 20 years. We had a stuntman do the long shots in the pilot film, but then I had to go in and do the same things in close-up. So I said to myself, if this show is going to run, I'll have to get into condition. I started going to a gym — and I despise working out — and even lost a little weight. Now I feel terrific.

    • William Conrad: (on being passed up for the role of Matt Dillon on TV's Gunsmoke) Radio was 'The Theater of the Mind.' When I was playing Gunsmoke, people thought I was a tall, handsome fellow. They would have been disappointed when they saw me on TV.