Born in Chicago, Conrad worked as a milkman and a local nightclub singer before moving to Los Angeles in 1958. His first big recurring role was on “Hawaiian Eye” in 1959.
He went on to star as Secret Service agent James T. West in “The Wild Wild West,” which ran from 1965 to 1969.
From 1976 to 1978, he played World War II fighter Greg “Pappy” Boyington in “Baa Baa Black Sheep,” later renamed “Black Sheep Squadron.”
Conrad performed in multiple other television shows and movies, along with directing and producing in the 1980s and 1990s. Since 2008, he hosted a radio program on CRN Digital Talk Radio called “The PM Show with Robert Conrad.”
He also used his tough-guy image in commercials, including a classic series where he appeared with an Eveready battery on his shoulder and said, “I dare you to knock it off!”
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