Who is Robert Conrad?
Conrad Robert Falk was born on 1 March 1935, in Chicago, Illinois USA, and is a former actor, stuntman and singer, probably best known from appearances in the television series’ “The Wild Wild West” in which he played Secret Service agent James T. West, and in “Baa Baa Black Sheep” as ‘Pappy’ Boyington.
The Riches of Robert Conrad
How rich is Robert Conrad? As of mid-2018, sources estimate a net worth that is at $2 million, mostly earned through a successful career in acting. He also worked on radio as a host, and recorded several songs, all of which ensured the position of his wealth.
Early Life and Education
Conrad is of part-German descent – his parents were 16 and 15 years old when they had him. They would go their separate ways soon after his birth, and his mother would marry again. Robert attended various high schools during his youth, including South Shore, Hyde Park and New Trier High Schools.
He never matriculated, dropping out to begin working full time as a truck loader and a milk delivery driver, before continuing his education. He subsequently went to Northwestern University to study the theatre arts, in hopes of pursuing an acting career. Since he resembled the actor James Dean, he was used initially in publicity stunts to help boost theater attendances of Dean’s films. He also studied singing, being taught by the father of Richard Marx, Dick Marx. In 1957 after James Dean’s death, Conrad met actor Nick Adams, who proposed that he should move to California to pursue acting.
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An Acting Career
In 1958, Robert debuted in a small part in the film “Juvenile Jungle”, which eventually led him to a support role in the film “Thundering Jets”, and his television debut in an episode of “Bat Masterson”. He soon signed an acting contract with Warner Bros, but also started releasing songs for Warner Bros. Records during the 1950s and 1960s; most of his songs never hit it big, and he only had a minor Billboard hit song entitled Bye Bye Baby. Meantime he appeared in the second season of the his TV series ‘Maverick”, before going on to make guest appearances in a variety of other Warner Bros. shows.
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He was then introduced as a detective, in the popular series “77 Sunset Strip”, which led him to his own spin-off entitled “Hawaiian Eye”, which would run from 1959 to 1963. He also made an appearance in “The Gallant Men”, before starring in “Palm Springs Weekend”. Robert also signed a contract with the label Orfeon, through which he released two albums, and a few singles in Spanish. His acting work continued as well, in episodes of “Kraft Suspense Theatre”, “Young Dillinger” and “Temple Houston”.
Iconic Roles – The Wild Wild West, Baa Baa Black Sheep, and More
In 1965, Conrad was cast as the government agent James West in “The Wild Wild West’, which is considered one of his most high profile roles. The show would go on to run for four years before its eventual cancellation. He also worked other projects while starring in the show. After the show’s run, he debuted as prosecutor Paul Ryan in the television movie “D.A.: Murder One” and would go on to reprise his role in two other movies – “D.A.: Conspiracy to Kill”, and “The D.A.” He consistently made television projects up to the 1970s.
In 1976, he found success once more when he was cast as World War II fighter ace Commander ‘Pappy’ Boyington in the series “Baa Baa Black Sheep”, which would lead him to win a People’s Choice Award, and also a Golden Globe nomination. In the 1980s, Conrad would focus on production work, while continuing to star in television movies. He also did directorial and writing work during this time, and as the years passed, he found more positions away from the cameras, and appeared in front of them less and less, before retiring in 2002.
Personal Life and Relationships
Robert’s first marriage was to Joan Kenlay, and they had five children together over 25 years until divorcing in 1977. He then met his second wife LaVelda Ione Fann during the Miss National Teen-ager Pageant, which he emceed and which she won. They would go on to have three children during their marriage which began in 1983 and ended in divorce in 2010. Robert’s sons have been known to appear in television shows alongside him.
In 2003 Robert was involved in a car accident, slamming head on into another car with both drivers suffering serious injuries. He was convicted of drunk driving, and had to spend six months in house confinement with alcohol counseling, and five years’ probation. The two settled the following year for an undisclosed amount, but never truly recovered from the crash, and the other victim Burnett died from perforated ulcers in 2005, while Robert suffered severe nerve injuries which partially paralyzed his right side.