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William Conrad
Biographical Information

Sex:M
Age:73
Birth Date:September 27, 1920
Astrology Sign:Libra
Chinese Sign:Monkey - Yin
Birth Name:William Cann
Birth Place:Louisville, KY
Died Date:February 11, 1994
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Occupation:Actor

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WILLIAM CONRAD
William Conrad

Biography:William Conrad (September 27, 1920 - February 11, 1994), born William Cann, was an American actor and narrator in radio, film and television noted for his gifted use of a marvelous baritone voice, as well as for his sizable girth. He was born in Louisville, Kentucky.

Starting work in radio in the late 1930s in California, Conrad went on to serve as a fighter pilot in World War II. He returned to the airwaves after the war, going on to accumulate over 7,000 roles in radio by his own estimate.

Conrad's deep, resonant voice led to a number of noteworthy roles in radio drama, most prominently his originating the role of Marshal Matt Dillon on the Western program Gunsmoke from 1952-61. He was considered for the role when the series was brought to television in 1955, but his increasing obesity led to the casting of James Arness. Other series to which Conrad contributed his talents included Escape, Suspense and The Damon Runyon Theater.

Among his various film roles, where he was usually cast as threatening figures, perhaps his most notable role was his first credited one, as one of the gunmen sent to eliminate Burt Lancaster in the 1946 film The Killers. He also appeared in Body and Soul (1947), Sorry, Wrong Number, Joan of Arc (both 1948), and The Naked Jungle (1954).

Moving to television in the 1960s, his first decade in the medium was largely marked by a return to voice work (most notably as narrator of The Fugitive from 1963-67) and the direction of Brainstorm in 1965; he narrated the Bullwinkle cartoons from 1959-64 (as "Bill Conrad"), and later performed the role of Denethor in the 1980 animated TV version of J. R. R. Tolkien's The Return of the King. But the 1970s saw him starring in the first of three detective series which would bring him an added measure of renown, Cannon, which ran from 1971-76. He later starred in both Nero Wolfe (1981) and Jake and the Fatman (1987-92).

Conrad died at age 73 in Los Angeles, California and is interred at Forest Lawn, Hollywood Hills Cemetery. He was elected to the Radio Hall of Fame in 1997.


Chinese Horoscope for William Conrad
Includes characteristics and Vices
William Conrad's Chinese Horoscope
Chinese Year: February 20, 1920 - February 07, 1921
Birthday: September 27, 1920

The Monkey is a Yin,
and is the Ninth sign of the Chinese horoscope.

Characteristics:    
Improvisation
Cunning
Stability
Leadership
Wit
Zeal
Vices:
Deceit
Ruse
Loquacity
Self-Involvement
Silliness
Opportunism


Personality and Character Cards:
Numerology is used to calculate tarot cards

William Conrad's Personality Tarot Card The Hanged Man - Personality Card

Birthday: September 27, 1920

A sacrifice must be made in order to gain something of great value.

William Conrad's Character Tarot Card The Empress - Character Card

Birthday: September 27, 1920

Abundance, fruitfulness and fertility; perhaps marriage or children.


This year's Growth Tarot Card
Based on this year's birthday

William Conrad's Growth Tarot Card The Hanged Man

Birthday: September 27, 2010

A sacrifice must be made in order to gain something of great value.

 

 

 

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