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William Conrad Biography

Birth Name:
John William Cann Jr.
Birth Place:
Louisville, Kentucky, United States
Actor, director

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


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


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