Robert Conrad, the actor greatest recognized for his function within the tv present The Wild Wild West, died right now in Malibu, Calif. of coronary heart failure. He was 84 and his loss of life was introduced by a household spokesman.
Born in Chicago, Illinois on March 1, 1935, Conrad moved to Los Angeles in 1958 and located nearly prompt success, reserving a recurring function on the TV present Hawaiian Eye in 1959.
After Hawaiian Eye, he scored his signature function, that of Secret Service agent James West in The Wild Wild West. The present ran from 1965 to 1969, however turned a fair greater hit in syndication. The premise adopted West and sidekick Artemus Gordon because the nation’s first Secret Service brokers, taking up the tremendous villains of the period in the course of the Ulysses S. Grant administration.
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After Wild West West, Conrad moved on to different tv reveals, together with The D.A., Project: Vienna, Centennialand Baa Baa Black Sheep (which was later syndicated as Black Sheep Squadron.)
The sequence spun off into a movie, with Conrad reprising his function in Extra Wild Wild West. He additionally appeared within the movies Murph the Surf, The Woman in Purple and Samurai Cowboy. His final look got here in 2002 in Lifeless Above Floor.
The versatile Conrad additionally recorded a number of albums throughout his profession beneath the title Bob Conrad. He additionally turned one thing of a tough-guy image due to his commercials for Eveready batteries. Conrad positioned a battery on his shoulder and dared viewers to knock it off.
Conrad was a recipient of the Distinguished Service Award in Broadcasting and an inductee of the Stuntman’s Corridor of Fame.
A personal memorial service is scheduled for March 1. His household has requested for donations to the Wounded Warrior Challenge and The Marine Corps Scholarship Basis.
Conrad is survived by 18 grandchildren and eight kids, shared with ex-wives LaVelda Fann and Joan Kenlay.