One of radios consummate actors, William Conrad was born
in September of 1920 in Louisville, Kentucky. He began his radio
career in the late 1930s, appearing on various California stations.
A fighter pilot during World War II, Conrad returned to show business
after the war and utilized his rich baritone voice in radio and
Conrad estimated that he appeared in over 7,500 roles on radio.
He was regularly heard inviting listeners to get away from
it all on CBS Escape. Conrads other radio
credits include appearances on The Damon Runyon Theater, The
Lux Radio Theater, Nightbeat, Fibber McGee and Molly and Suspense.
For The Wax Works, a 1956 episode of Suspense,
Conrad demonstrated his versatility by performing all the roles.
Conrads longest-running role was that of U.S. marshal Matt
Dillon on the groundbreaking radio western Gunsmoke, which
aired on CBS radio from 1952 to 1961.
When the golden age of radio was over, Conrad could be heard delivering
the urgent narration for Jay Wards classic Bullwinkle Show.
He later starred on the television series Cannon and Jake
and the Fatman.
William Conrad died on February 11, 1994.
William Conrad was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 1997.
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