Fast Facts

  • Received his Air Force commission on the day he married his first wife, June Nelson, in 1943.
  • Served as a producer-director of the Armed Forces Radio Service during World War II.
  • Played Marshal Matt Dillon in the original CBS radio version of Gunsmoke.
  • Second wife, Tippy Stringer, was the widow of newscaster Chet Huntley.
  • Was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 1977.
  • Though he's not in the movie, was given one of the original Maltese Falcon statue props by studio head Jack Warner.


  • 1974, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 1973, Emmy — Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Drama, Continuing: Nominee
  • 1972, Golden Globe — Actor in a Leading Role - Drama Series or Television Movie: Nominee
  • 1973, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama: Nominee


  • Tippy Stringer Huntley Conrad — Wife
  • Christopher Conrad — Son
  • June Nelson — Wife (deceased)


  • Attended Fullerton College, Fullerton, CA

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  • Birth Name: John William Cann Jr.
  • Birth Place: Louisville, KY
  • Birthday: September 27, 1920, Libra
  • Died: February 11, 1994
  • Profession: Actor, Director

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