Actor Robert Conrad, best known for ‘The Wild Wild West,’ dead at 84

Actor Robert Conrad, best known for 'The Wild Wild West,' dead at 84

Robert Conrad, the square-jawed actor best known for his role in the television show “The Wild, Wild West,” died Saturday in Malibu, California, of heart failure, a family spokesman said. He was 84.

Born in Chicago, Conrad worked as a milkman and a local nightclub singer before moving to Los Angeles in 1958. His first big recurring role was on “Hawaiian Eye” in 1959.

He went on to star as Secret Service agent James T. West in “The Wild Wild West,” which ran from 1965 to 1969.

From 1976 to 1978, he played World War II fighter Greg “Pappy” Boyington in “Baa Baa Black Sheep,” later renamed “Black Sheep Squadron.”

Conrad performed in multiple other television shows and movies, along with directing and producing in the 1980s and 1990s. Since 2008, he hosted a radio program on CRN Digital Talk Radio called “The PM Show with Robert Conrad.”

He also used his tough-guy image in commercials, including a classic series where he appeared with an Eveready battery on his shoulder and said, “I dare you to knock it off!”

He was married twice, to Joan Kenlay, with whom he had five children, from 1952 to 1977, and to LaVelda Ione Fann, with whom he had three children, from 1983 to 2010.

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