Dean Martin Celebrity Roast

Season 1 Episode 4

William Conrad

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Aired Unknown Oct 04, 1973 on NBC

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    • Dean Martin: Well tonight our Man of the Week is Mr. William Conrad, which gives you an idea of what kind of week it's been. We were originally going to honor Howard Cosell but he's been confined to bed with a faulty toupee. We were also considering Mr. Danny Thomas but he had a little accident while taking his daily walk on the water, he was hit by a fishing boat. However tonight we are paying tribute to a very fine actor, the star of a great series called "Cannon" which is my favorite detective show and I tell you last week they had a really thrilling episode Cannon singlehandedly wiped out a crime syndicate, he sat on them. I don't know if you know this but William played Matt Dillon on the radio version of "Gunsmoke", it's true, when they made the TV version of "Gunsmoke" they couldn't use Bill they had a little problem, they couldn't fit his horse with a truss. Even when Bill served in the War as a fighter pilot he had problems, he was too heavy, once they got in the plane and they couldn't get it off the ground, he had to drive it to Tokyo.

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