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Where Are They Now - Friday, April 20, 2018

Hello fans,


Today's suggestion comes from reader Don H.

Don would like to know the goings-on of actor Robert Conrad. Another great suggestion! Thanks, Don.

Robert Conrad has had an extensive acting career that goes back to 1958. He played Secret Service agent James T. West on the hit CBS television series The Wild Wild West in the mid-'60s, and then almost a decade later portrayed 'Pappy' Boyington in the series Black Sheep Squadron, a personal favorite of mine.

Find out more about his life over the years and what he is up to now...

And be sure to 'Suggest a Celebrity' for a future issue of 'Where Are They Now?'. Click here to visit the site or Go to CelebrityNooz.com and suggest your celebs.

Take care,
Steve


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--DEAD OR ALIVE?--

See if you know if the following celebrities have had a visit from the "Grim Reaper":

Amanda Blake: Played Miss Kitty on the TV series "Gunsmoke"

Lauren Chapin: Played Kathy Anderson, known as Kitten, in the TV series "Father Knows Best"

Gina Lollobrigida: Italian actress, "Solomon and Sheba", "Come September", later became a successful photographer



(Answer at the bottom)

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Robert Conrad

Learn More About Robert Conrad on Celebrity Nooz

BIRTH DATE: March 1, 1935, Chicago, Illinois

BIRTH NAME: Conrad Robert Falk

CLAIM TO FAME: He is best known for his role as Secret Service agent James T. West on the 1965-69 CBS television series The Wild Wild West.

NICKNAME: Bob

FAMILY LIFE: Conrad was married to Joan Kenlay from February 23, 1952 until their divorce in 1977; the couple had five children. His second marriage was to LaVelda Ione Fann and the couple had three children together. They divorced in 2010.

INFO: Before becoming an actor, Conrad released several music recordings during the late 1950s and early 1960s, finding success with the Billboard hit song "Bye Bye Baby."

He went on to get a start as Tom Lopaka on the ABC/WB series Hawaiian Eye. The show ended up being a hit and lasted from 1959 to 1963. Conrad starred on the CBS television series The Wild Wild West from 1965-69.

He played some minor roles in the early 1970s before finding success again in 1976 with his portrayal of World War II fighter ace Pappy Boyington in Baa Baa Black Sheep on NBC, retitled for its second season and in later syndication as Black Sheep Squadron.

In the late 1970s, he served as the captain of the NBC team for six editions of Battle of the Network Stars, and later starred in the short-lived series A Man Called Sloane in 1979.

Conrad also starred in television commercials for Eveready batteries in the late 1970s, where he would challenge viewers to test its long-lasting power: "Come on, I dare ya".

In 1988, he starred in the television series, High Mountain Rangers, with two of his sons. He appeared in the 1990 made for television film Anything to Survive, and in 1992 he played the sheriff in Richard Marx's "Hazard" music video.

In 2003, Conrad drove his Jaguar over the center median of Highway 4 in the California Sierra foothills and slammed head-on into a Subaru being driven by 26 year-old Kevin Burnett. Conrad was convicted of drunk driving (his blood-alcohol level was 0.22) and he was ordered to six months' house arrest, alcohol counseling, and five years probation. Burnett filed a civil suit that was settled for an undisclosed amount. In 2005, Burnett died at age 28 from perforated ulcers.

In 2006, Conrad recorded audio introductions for every episode of the first season of The Wild Wild West for its North American DVD release.

He also appeared in the documentary film Pappy Boyington Field.

TRIVIA: His mother, Alice Jacqueline Hartman would go on to become first publicity director of Mercury Records, known as Jackie Smith.

Attended Northwestern University (Evanston, IL).

Was a star football and basketball player in middle school and high school.

Speaks Spanish.

Played the drums and the trumpet.

Is of German, Polish, and English decent.

Inducted into the Stuntman's Hall of Fame for his work on "The Wild Wild West" (1965).

WHERE IS HE NOW: Conrad hosts a radio talk show on CRN Digital Talk Radio. CRN's "PM SHOW with ROBERT CONRAD" reaches a national audience on Cox Cable, Comcast Cables and radio stations and satellite operators coast to coast. He talks about his views, thoughts and career in a lively 2 hour live national radio show, Thursdays at 3PM PST.

CREDITS:

2002 Dead Above Ground...Reed Wilson

2000 Nash Bridges (TV series)...Caltrans Guy
Heist (2000)

1999 Garbage Day (short)...Garbage Thrower

1999 New Jersey Turnpikes

1996 Jingle All the Way...Officer Hummell

1995 High Sierra Search and Rescue (TV series)...Griffin 'Tooter' Campbell

1994 Search and Rescue (TV movie)...Tooter

1994 Samurai Cowboy...Gabe McBride

1994 Two Fathers: Justice for the Innocent (TV movie)...Stackhouse

1993 Sworn to Vengeance (TV movie)...Sergeant Stewart

1992 The Kennedy Assassinations (TV movie)...Host

1992 Mario and the Mob (TV movie)...Mario Dante

1990 Anything to Survive (TV movie)...Eddie Barton

1989 Jesse Hawkes (TV series)...Jesse Hawkes

1988 Glory Days (TV movie)...Mike Moran

1988 Police Story: Gladiator School (TV movie)...Officer Charles 'Chick' Stacy

1987-1988 High Mountain Rangers (TV series)...Jesse Hawkes

1987 J.J. Starbuck (TV series)
A Killing in the Market (1987)

1986 One Police Plaza (TV movie)...Lt. Daniel B. Malone

1986 Charley Hannah (TV movie)...Capt. Charley Hannah

1986 Assassin (TV movie)...Henry Stanton

1986 The Fifth Missile (TV movie)...Cmdr. Mark Van Meer

1985 Moving Violations...Chief Rowe (uncredited)

1985 Two Fathers' Justice (TV movie)...Bill Stackhouse

1984 The Irv Kupcinet Show (TV series)...Interviewee
Hollywood (1984)

1984 Hard Knox (TV movie)...Col. Joe Knox

1983 Confessions of a Married Man (TV movie)

1982 Wrong Is Right...Gen. Wombat

1982 The Billy Crystal Comedy Hour (TV series)
Episode #1.3 (1982)

1982 Will: The Autobiography of G. Gordon Liddy (TV movie)...George Gordon Battle Liddy (G. Gordon Liddy)

1980 Coach of the Year (TV movie)...Jim Brandon

1980 More Wild Wild West (TV movie)...Jim West

1979 A Man Called Sloane (TV series)...Thomas Remington Sloane III

1979 Breaking Up Is Hard to Do (TV movie)...Frank Scapa

1979 The Lady in Red...John Dillinger

1979 The Wild Wild West Revisited (TV movie)...Jim West

1979 The Duke (TV series)...Oscar 'Duke' Ramsey
The Two Hundred Underwacker Street Bridge (1979)
Blues for the Duke (1979)

1978-1979 Centennial (TV mini-series)...Pasquinel

1976-1978 Black Sheep Squadron aka Baa Baa Black Sheep (TV series)...Maj. Greg 'Pappy' Boyington

1977 Sudden Death...Duke Smith

1976 Smash-Up on Interstate 5 (TV movie)...Sergeant Sam Marcum

1975 Murph the Surf...Allan Kuhn

1975 The Last Day (TV movie)...Bob Dalton

1974 Columbo (TV series)...Milo Janus
An Exercise in Fatality (1974)

1972-1973 Assignment Vienna (TV series)...Jake Webster

1968-1972 Mission: Impossible (TV series)...Bobby / Eddie Lorca / Press Allen

1972 Adventures of Nick Carter (TV movie)...Nick Carter

1971-1972 The D.A. (TV series)...Deputy D.A. Paul Ryan / D.A. Paul Ryan / Paul Ryan

1971 Adam-12 (TV series)...Deputy DA Paul Ryan
The Radical (1971)

1971 Five Desperate Women (TV movie)...Michael Wylie

1971 D.A.: Conspiracy to Kill (TV movie)...Deputy D.A. Paul Ryan

1970 Weekend of Terror (TV movie)...Eddie

1969 D.A.: Murder One (TV movie)...Paul Ryan

1969 Mannix (TV series)...Mitch Cantrell
The Playground (1969)

1965-1969 The Wild Wild West (TV series)...James T. West / Jim West

1967 The Bandits...Chris Barrett

1967 Ven a cantar conmigo...Bob

1965 Young Dillinger...'Pretty Boy' Floyd

1965 Kraft Suspense Theatre (TV series)...Gary Kemp
Four into Zero (1965)

1964 La nueva Cenicienta...Bob Conrad

1964 Temple Houston (TV series)...Martin Purcell
The Town That Trespassed (1964)

1963 Palm Springs Weekend...Eric Dean

1959-1963 Hawaiian Eye (TV series)...Tom Lopaka / Thomas Jefferson Lopaka

1959-1962 77 Sunset Strip (TV series)...Tom Lopaka

1962 The Gallant Men (TV series)...Sgt. Griff Benedict
And Cain Cried Out (1962)

1962 Red Nightmare (short)...Pete

1959 Lock Up (TV series)...Harry Connors
The Harry Connors Story (1959)

1959 The Man and the Challenge (TV series)...Bill Howard
Maximum Capacity (1959)

1959 Sea Hunt (TV series)...Hal Peters / The Boat Captain

1959 Colt .45 (TV series)...Billy the Kid
Amnesty (1959)

1959 Lawman (TV series)...Davey Catterton
Battle Scar (1959)

1959 Highway Patrol (TV series)...Tommy Chugg
Revenge (1959)

1959 Maverick (TV series)...Davie Barrows
Yellow River (1959)

1959 Bat Masterson (TV series)...Juanito, Indian Brave
One Bullet from Broken Bow (1959)

1958 Thundering Jets...Lt. Robert 'Tiger Bob' Kiley

1958 Juvenile Jungle...Bit Part (uncredited)

To see Then & Now pictures of Robert Conrad, visit: Celebrity Nooz

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--Answers to DEAD OR ALIVE--

Amanda Blake - DEAD (AIDS)
Born: 02/20/1929 Died: 08/16/1989

Lauren Chapin - ALIVE
Born: 05/23/1945

Gina Lollobrigida - ALIVE
Born: 07/04/1927

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WHO PASSED ON THIS WEEK...

4/18
Bruno Sammartino, 82, Italian-American professional wrestler (WWWF).

4/17
John Amirante, 83, American anthem singer (New York Rangers).
Big Tom, 81, Irish country music singer.
Barbara Bush, 92, American political matriarch, First Lady (1989-1993) and Second Lady (1981-1989), complications from COPD and congestive heart failure.
David Edward Foley, 88, American Roman Catholic prelate, Bishop of Birmingham (1994-2005).
Anjum Jaunpuri, 67, Indian poet.
Carl Kasell, 84, American radio journalist (Morning Edition) and quiz show judge (Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!).
Amoroso Katamsi, 79, Indonesian actor (Pengkhianatan G30S/PKI).
Bhimsain Khurana, 82, Indian film director (Gharaonda).
Vel Phillips, 94, American attorney and politician, Secretary of State of Wisconsin (1979-1983).
Yakov Ryabov (ru), 90, Russian politician.

4/16
Harry Anderson, 65, American actor (Night Court, Dave's World, It) and magician.
Maxim Borodin, 32, Russian journalist, fall.
Vic Bubas, 91, American college basketball coach (Duke Blue Devils).
Jim Caine, 91, Manx jazz pianist and radio presenter.
Choi Eun-hee, 91, South Korean actress (The Lovers and the Despot).
Florea Dumitrescu (ro), 91, Romanian politician.
Giant's Causeway, 21, American racehorse.
Henri Landwirth, 91, Belgian hotelier and philanthropist.
Dona Ivone Lara, 97, Brazilian singer and composer.
Lü Chuanzan, 85, Chinese politician, Chairman of Hebei Provincial People's Congress (1993-1998).
Ivan Mauger, 78, New Zealand motorcycle speedway rider, world champion (1968, 1969, 1970, 1972, 1977, 1979).
Matthew Mellon, 53, American billionaire investor (XRP).
Napsiah Omar, 74, Malaysian politician, liver cancer.
Alejandro Rojas Wainer, 73, Chilean politician and academic, President of University of Chile Student Federation (1970-1973) and deputy (1973).
Sax Man, 65, American street saxophonist.
Paul Singer (pt), 86, Austrian-born Brazilian economist, co-founder of Partido dos Trabalhadores.

4/15
Hadassa Ben-Itto, 91, Israeli judge and writer.
Rinaldo Fidel Brédice, 85, Argentine Roman Catholic prelate, Bishop of Santa Rosa (1992-2008).
Frank Drowota, 79, American judge, Chief Justice of the Tennessee Supreme Court (1989-1990; 2000-2005).
R. Lee Ermey, 74, American actor (Full Metal Jacket, Toy Story, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre), complications from pneumonia.
Michael Halliday, 93, English-born Australian linguist.
Judy Kennedy, 73, American politician, Mayor of Newburgh, New York (since 2012), ovarian cancer.
Kenneth Matiba, 85, Kenyan politician, MP (1972-1990, 1992-1997).
Miriam Naveira, 83, Puerto Rican jurist, first woman Associate Justice (1985-2003) and Chief Justice of the Supreme Court (2003-2004).
Domenico Pittella, 86, Italian politician, Senator (1972-1983), complications from a broken hip.
Edward Diego Reyes, 88, Guamanian politician, Lieutenant Governor of Guam (1983-1987).
Stan Reynolds, 92, British jazz musician.
Waqar Ahmad Shah, 74, Indian politician, MLA (1993-2017).
Frank Skartados, 62, Greek-born American politician, member of the New York State Assembly (2009-2010, since 2012), pancreatic cancer.
Vittorio Taviani, 88, Italian film director (Padre Padrone, Kaos, Caesar Must Die).
Stefano Zappalà, 77, Italian politician, MEP (1999-2009), respiratory failure.

4/14
Rajendra Bhalekar, 66, Indian cricketer.
Isabella Biagini, 74, Italian actress (Love Italian Style, Il clan dei due Borsalini, The Future Is Woman), complications from a stroke.
Colin Bland, 80, South African cricketer.
David Buckel, 60, American LGBT rights lawyer, suicide by self-immolation.
Daedra Charles, 49, American basketball player (Los Angeles Sparks), Olympic bronze medalist (1992).
Hal Greer, 81, American Hall of Fame basketball player (Philadelphia 76ers).
Sam Hamill, 74, American poet and publisher.
Michael D. Healy, 91, American military officer.
Robert Holmes, 72, American football player (Kansas City Chiefs).
Ram Kumar, 94, Indian artist.
Jean-Claude Malgoire, 77, French conductor.
Kenneth Meyers, 74, American judge.
Jon Michelet, 73, Norwegian author (Orion's Belt), cancer.
Gerald Nachman, 80, American journalist and author.
Neil Shand, 84, British comedy writer (Q..., The Russ Abbot Show) and journalist (Daily Mail).
Kirk Simon, 63, American documentarian (Strangers No More, Chimps: So Like Us, Rehearsing a Dream), Oscar winner (2011), cardiac arrest.
Milan Škampa (cs), 89, Czech violist.

4/13
Art Bell, 72, American author (The Coming Global Superstorm) and radio host (Coast to Coast AM, Art Bell's Dark Matter), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
Zbigniew Bujarski, 84, Polish composer.
Cesarino Cervellati, 88, Italian football player and manager (Bologna).
Ron Cooper, 79, English footballer (Peterborough United).
Walter Fink, 87, German entrepreneur and music patron.
Miloš Forman, 86, Czech-American film director (One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Amadeus, The People vs. Larry Flynt), Oscar winner (1976, 1985).
Joy Laville, 94, English-Mexican sculptor, potter and painter, National Prize for Arts and Sciences (2012).
Max Liniger-Goumaz (es), 87/88, Swiss africanist, activist, economist and sociologist.
William Nack, 77, American journalist (Newsday, Sports Illustrated) and author.
Lidia Redondo de Lucas, 52, Spanish librist and politician, Senator (2005-2008).
Doug Strickler, 68, American lawyer, cancer.
Fernando Tamayo Tamayo, 68, Colombian economist and politician, MP (1994-2010) and Senator (since 2010), cancer.
Gus Weill, 85, American political writer and strategist.

4/12
Gyula Babos (hu), 68, Hungarian jazz guitarist.
Alex Beckett, 35, English actor (Twenty Twelve, W1A, Youth).
Heinrich Brändli, 79, Swiss engineer.
Giuliano Cenci (it), 86, Italian animator, complications from a fall.
Naseem Mirza Changezi, 108, Indian independence activist.
Ronald Chesney, 98, British comedy screenwriter (On the Buses, The Rag Trade, Romany Jones).
Deborah Coleman, 61, American blues musician, complications from bronchitis and pneumonia.
Stuart Devlin, 86, Australian goldsmith.
Irwin Gage, 78, American pianist.
Carlos Enrique Gómez Centurión, 93, Argentine politician, geologist and diplomat, Governor of San Juan (1971-1973, 1987-1991).
Hu Chengzhi, 100, Chinese palaeontologist and palaeoanthropologist, discoverer of Keichousaurus.
Brij Bhushan Kabra, 81, Indian classical slide guitar player (Call of the Valley).
Juozas Karvelis, 83, Lithuanian politician, co-signatory of the Act of the Re-Establishment.
Zoran Krasic, 62, Serbian politician, Minister of Trade (1998-2000).
Alan Lloyd, 91, British writer and journalist.
Oliver Lozano, 77, Filipino lawyer and politician.
John Melcher, 93, American politician, member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Montana's 2nd district (1969-1977) and Senate (1977-1989).
Len Okrie, 94, American baseball player and coach (Washington Senators, Boston Red Sox).
Sergio Pitol, 85, Mexican novelist and translator, Miguel de Cervantes Prize (2005), aphasia.
Samina Samoon, 24, Pakistani singer, shot.
Dame Daphne Sheldrick, 83, British-Kenyan conservationist, breast cancer.