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Sat Feb 8, 2020, 06:18 PM

Robert Conrad, Star of TV's 'The Wild Wild West,' Dies at 84

Source: Hollywood Reporter

Robert Conrad, the athletic, two-fisted actor who starred as Secret Service agent James West and did his own spectacular stunts on the 1960s futuristic CBS Western The Wild Wild West, has died. He was 84.

"He lived a wonderfully long life and while the family is saddened by his passing, he will live forever in their hearts," family spokesman Jeff Ballard told People magazine. No other details of his death were immediately available.

Conrad, among the actors employed by Warner Bros. Television to appear on the studio's stable of shows starting in the 1950s, first gained attention for playing Tom Lopaka, a partner in a detective agency, on ABC's Hawaiian Eye.

The Chicago native also was known for starring as real-life World War II pilot Maj. Greg "Pappy" Boyington on NBC's 1976-78 period drama Baa Baa Black Sheep (later known in syndication as Black Sheep Squadron), one of the first series created by Stephen J. Cannell.

Read more: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/robert-conrad-dead-wild-wild-west-action-star-was-84-1119262



Cross gently, Pappy

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Reply Robert Conrad, Star of TV's 'The Wild Wild West,' Dies at 84 (Original post)
Dennis Donovan Feb 8 OP
bucolic_frolic Feb 8 #1
jb5150 Feb 9 #19
Omaha Steve Feb 8 #2
Evolve Dammit Feb 8 #6
LenaBaby61 Feb 8 #3
hlthe2b Feb 8 #4
Dennis Donovan Feb 8 #8
irisblue Feb 8 #5
luvs2sing Feb 9 #26
Eugene Feb 8 #7
BumRushDaShow Feb 8 #9
PSPS Feb 8 #10
NurseJackie Feb 8 #11
not_the_one Feb 8 #12
htuttle Feb 8 #13
Aristus Feb 8 #14
Dennis Donovan Feb 9 #20
Gore1FL Feb 9 #25
Post removed Feb 8 #15
Aristus Feb 9 #27
Marthe48 Feb 8 #16
kimbutgar Feb 8 #17
Demonaut Feb 8 #18
Rhiannon12866 Feb 9 #21
Dennis Donovan Feb 9 #22
Rhiannon12866 Feb 9 #23
Dennis Donovan Feb 9 #24
AC_Mem Feb 9 #28
B Stieg Feb 9 #29
oldsoftie Feb 9 #30
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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Sat Feb 8, 2020, 06:23 PM

1. "two-fisted" is a curious phrase

Googled Oxford dictionary describes it as 'strong, virile, and straightforward' and considers it North American.

I suppose some foreigners might view it as American for 'stealing with both hands'

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Response to bucolic_frolic (Reply #1)

Sun Feb 9, 2020, 12:32 AM

19. I honestly thought the phrase "two fisted"

referred to someone who was an heavy drinker.

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Sat Feb 8, 2020, 06:26 PM

2. I got his autograph


In his Boyington outfit.

A side note. I met Pappy's grandson in person here in town. He was getting car work done years ago.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Reply #2)

Sat Feb 8, 2020, 06:38 PM

6. A friend's father flew with Boyington. History is closer than we think.

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Sat Feb 8, 2020, 06:31 PM

3. Robert Conrad, Star of TV's 'The Wild Wild West,' Dies at 84.

I was there in 1976--MANY, MANY MOONS AGO--as a 15 year old with my friends and late brother who escorted us there when he got into it with ABC over a relay race, and when he lost to Gabe Kaplan in a run off. Some of the BEST times I've had in my life ...... He was quite a handsome guy, even then and at that age, and even with that hideous cigarette in his mouth. I remember a friend who met him years ago in Malibu saying to me "He would have been a Hollywood leading man, IF he was taller, because he had the looks/physique/personality in spades."



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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Sat Feb 8, 2020, 06:31 PM

4. Wow... I remember him on Wild Wild West reruns and several of the shows thereafter...

My older sister had such a "crush" on him...

He was in a serious car wreck as I recall and I think partially paralyzed. Not sure he ever fully recovered.



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Response to hlthe2b (Reply #4)

Sat Feb 8, 2020, 06:45 PM

8. Same here. Watched WWW in syndication, Black Sheep 1st run...

In 2003, he wrecked his car while driving intoxicated:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Conrad#Car_accident

Car accident
On March 31, 2003, while on Highway 4 in the California Sierra foothills near his Alpine County home, Conrad drove his Jaguar over the center median and slammed head-on into a Subaru driven by 26-year-old Kevin Burnett. Both men suffered serious injuries. Tried on felony charges, Conrad pleaded no contest, and he was convicted of drunk driving.

He was sentenced to six months of house confinement, alcohol counseling, and five years' probation. A civil suit filed by Kevin Burnett against Conrad was settled the following year for an undisclosed amount. In 2005, Burnett died at age 28 from perforated ulcers, which his family attributed to his difficult recovery from the crash. Conrad himself suffered severe nerve injuries from the crash, which left his right side partially paralyzed.


Sad all around.

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Sat Feb 8, 2020, 06:34 PM

5. My mom loved Wild wild West.

We watched that faithfully

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Response to irisblue (Reply #5)

Sun Feb 9, 2020, 10:11 AM

26. We watched that show, too.

One of our favorites. And my mother had a huge crush on Robert Wagner.

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Sat Feb 8, 2020, 06:38 PM

7. RIP

I grew up watching many, many shows he starred in.


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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Sat Feb 8, 2020, 07:04 PM

9. Oh wow.

I forgot all about him and wasn't sure he was still around. I know me and my sisters would turn on "Wild Wild West" every once awhile... He was in a bunch of other stuff too as a "guest star" and character actor.

R.I.P.

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Sat Feb 8, 2020, 07:19 PM

10. Hawaiian Eye


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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Sat Feb 8, 2020, 07:27 PM

11. Go ahead! Knock it off! I dare you!

Was it Duracell? Energizer? Ever Ready? (I can't remember.)

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Sat Feb 8, 2020, 07:49 PM

12. Some men you remember. I remember him, in WWW.

I was a teen in the late 60's, and was aware that he was "hot" before I even knew what that meant.

I noticed that his trousers always fit so nicely..... He was one manly stud.

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Sat Feb 8, 2020, 07:54 PM

13. He was the very first person I ever saw in color on a television

It was an episode of the Wild Wild West. I was stunned that his suit was blue, as I'd always assumed it was black.

Man, some of those episodes during the 'Ross Martin as Artie' era, especially the ones with Michael Dunn as 'Dr. Miguelito Quixote Loveless' were extremely trippy! lol

Actually, they had a lot of extremely weird villains -- kind of like an old-timey, wild west version of Adam West's Batman villains. Some were downright steampunk, well before the genre.

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Sat Feb 8, 2020, 08:04 PM

14. "Baa, Baa, Black Sheep" was one of my favorite shows when I was a kid.

It sparked my interest in all things World War II.

I saw a couple of episodes later as an adult, and it was almost unwatchable. The things I had learned about the real Boyington and the hardships Marine pilots dealt with in the Pacific made "BBBS" seem as real by comparison as the Pirates Of The Caribbean ride was to actual piracy.

I think it's a good time to make a big screen bio of Gregory Boyington. I would cast someone in the mold of Adam Beach. Boyington was at least partly Native American, and graduated from my alma mater, the University of Washington.

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Response to Aristus (Reply #14)

Sun Feb 9, 2020, 07:45 AM

20. I don't think Black Sheep was supposed to be based on true events

...even though the real Greg Boyington was the techical advisor (and became Conrad's drinking buddy). Later, though, even he called it "Hollywood hokum".

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Response to Aristus (Reply #14)

Sun Feb 9, 2020, 10:08 AM

25. It had a kick-ass theme song and had dogfights.

I bought flight simulators and flew corsairs in them because of that show!

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Sun Feb 9, 2020, 10:30 AM

27. Was it because he may have been overcompensating a bit?

In "Baa, Baa, Black Sheep" as Gregory Boyington, he expressed affection for his men by beating them up. He did those battery commercials in which he dared the viewer to knock the battery off his shoulder. It was probably only an oversight that he was never cast as the 'rough trade' in a gay film.

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Sat Feb 8, 2020, 08:11 PM

16. I had a huge crush on Robert Conrad

I even sent away for his 8 x 10 glossies. I think I had 3 b&w pictures of him. I couldn't wait each week to watch the show Good memories!

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Sat Feb 8, 2020, 09:14 PM

17. He looked great in those tight pants he wore on the Wild Wild West

I brought the dvd set for my husband at Christmas one year. Forgot how good the show was. And how good he looked in those pants!

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Sat Feb 8, 2020, 11:58 PM

18. What kid in the seventies didn't have admiration for the tough guy

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Sun Feb 9, 2020, 07:46 AM

21. He's always been my brother's favorite too!

Him and Lee Majors. He loves the old shows and I often get him videos for birthday/Christmas gifts, he probably has them all by now. He's probably bummed out.

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Response to Rhiannon12866 (Reply #21)

Sun Feb 9, 2020, 07:53 AM

22. Lee is still with us, fortunately

Turned 80 last year.



"She's breaking up! She's breaking up!"

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Reply #22)

Sun Feb 9, 2020, 07:58 AM

23. My brother has that complete series on video and The Wild, Wild West too!

I've run out of options!

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Response to Rhiannon12866 (Reply #23)

Sun Feb 9, 2020, 08:14 AM

24. Fall Guy?

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Sun Feb 9, 2020, 10:37 AM

28. thats 2

it always happens in 3's. wonder who will be next?

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Sun Feb 9, 2020, 02:32 PM

29. RiP "James Bond of the West!"

One of my faves growing up and then later on Baa Baa.
A real TV actor.

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Sun Feb 9, 2020, 04:04 PM

30. IMO, one of the best looking men ever in Hollywood. And I'm a guy!

Loved WWW as a kid. Black Sheep too. My dad LOVED that one

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Sun Feb 9, 2020, 10:44 PM

31. awe man!!!

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Response to yuiyoshida (Reply #31)

Mon Feb 10, 2020, 01:01 AM

32. +1

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