Ruggedly handsome Robert Conrad ruled the small screen for over three decades starring in some of the best TV series of all time. Robert is best known for starring as detective James West in western TV series, The Wild Wild West.
Early Life & Music Career
Robert dropped out of school at the age of 15 and started full-time jobs in truck loading and milk delivery in Chicago. After meeting actor Nick Adams in 1957, he moved to California, where he got a small part in the 1958 movie, Juvenile Jungle.
After appearing in a few movies, Robert made his TV debut in an episode of Bat Masterson. He was soon signed by Warner Bros., where he recorded varieties of LPs, EPs, and SPs 33-1/3.
He had a guest appearance in various TV shows, including Maverick, Highway Patrol, Lawman, and Colt.45. He got his major breakthrough after starring as Detective Tom Lopaka on the light-hearted crime series, Hawaiian Eye. He went to Mexico and released two albums after signing a record deal with Orfeon label.
Wild Wild West & Later Career
From 1965 to 1969, he starred in CBS’ The Wild Wild West, where he made $5000 a week. After that, he starred as Paul Ryan in D.A. franchise, which included two TV movies and a short-lived TV series, The D.A.
Robert starred as legendary tough-guy World War II fighter ace Pappy Boyington in Baa Baa Black Sheep from 1976 to 1978. He starred in other shows like The Duke, The Wild Wild West Revisited (1979), and More Wild Wild West (1980).
Screen Actor Guild & Radio Career
After the 80s, began working as a producer and writer for many shows, appearing in a few. In 2005 he ran for the head of the Screen Actors Guild. In 2008, he began hosting a weekly 2-hour radio show, The PM Show with Robert Conrad on CRN Digital Talk Radio and appeared in the documentary film, Pappy Boyington Field.
Personal Life & Car Accident
Robert was married to Joan Kenley for 25 years (1952-1977). They have five children. He got married to LaVelda Ione Fann in 1983 and got divorced in 2010. They have three children.
In 2003, he slammed his Jaguar into a Subaru driven by 26-year-old Kevin Burnett in California. Both of the men suffered severe injuries, and Robert was convicted of drunk driving. Robert was sentenced to six months of house confinement.
After the accident, Robert’s right side was partially paralyzed. The Subaru driver died from perforated ulcers at the age of 28. The family blamed Robert for the death saying, Kevin hadn't recovered fully from the accident.
Robert Conrad Now & Net Worth
The 84 years old actor currently lives in Thousand Oaks, California. As of 2019, Robert has an estimated net worth of $2 million.