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Robert Conrad Biography

Birth Name:
Conrad Robert Falk
Birth Place:
Chicago, Illinois, United States
Actor, director

Fast Facts

  • Was a recording artist and released a couple of albums and singles in the late 1950s and early 1960s
  • Played Secret Service agent James West in the CBS western The Wild Wild West (1965-69), and reprised the role in the TV movies The Wild, Wild West Revisited (1979) and More Wild Wild West (1980)
  • Did most of his stunts on The Wild Wild West, and while filming the 1968 episode "The Night of the Fugitives," suffered a fall that resulted in a concussion and a fractured skull
  • Was a pitchman for Eveready batteries; he placed a battery on his shoulder and challenged viewers with what became a popular catchphrase, "I dare ya, I dare ya to call it regular
  • " He captained the NBC team six times in ABC's Battle of the Network Stars and, in a fit of pique over the squad's loss to ABC in a 1977 special, he challenged their squad's captain, Gabe Kaplan, to a decisive footrace and lost
  • After NBC canceled his WWII-themed action series Baa Baa Black Sheep in 1977, he enticed network affiliates to reconsider and was able to film a second season as Black Sheep Squadron
  • But that didn't fly with viewers and the show was grounded for good after a year
  • Beat out Robert Blake and Charles Bronson for the coveted role of French-Canadian trapper Pasquinel in the 24-hour 1978 miniseries Centennial, based on the James Michener novel
  • Played a sheriff in Richard Marx's 1992 music video "Hazard
  • " Made an unsuccessful run for president of the Screen Actors Guild in 2005, when he was defeated by Alan Rosenberg
  • Is in the Stuntmen's Hall of Fame