Robert Conrad of 'The Wild Wild West' dead at 84

Actor Robert Conrad talks about his experience working on the television show "The Wild Wild West" in a 1994 interview with Larry King.

Posted: Feb 9, 2020 3:10 PM
Updated: Feb 9, 2020 3:10 PM

Actor Robert Conrad, known for the television show "The Wild Wild West," died Saturday at the age of 84, according to his family spokesperson Jeff Ballard.

Conrad died of heart failure in Malibu, California, a little less than a month before his 85th birthday, Ballard said.

"He lived a wonderfully long life and while the family is saddened by his passing, he will live forever in their hearts," Ballard said.

Conrad went from milkman to Hollywood star

Conrad was born in Chicago on March 1, 1935, Ballard said.

He worked as a milkman while he pursued a career as a nightclub singer before packing up and moving to Los Angeles in 1958. He was quickly signed to Warner Bros. Pictures and went on to star in numerous television shows and films. He recorded several albums before being cast as series regular Tom Lopaka on the ABC detective series "Hawaiian Eye."

Conrad appeared in many TV shows throughout the 1960s before landing the lead role in the CBS Western crime series "The Wild Wild West," Ballard said.

Conrad played James T. West, a Secret Service agent during the administration of President Ulysses Grant. West and fellow agent Artemis Gordon, played by actor Ross Martin, sometimes solved crimes using technology that didn't actually exist during the 1800s, lending a science fiction feel to the series.

Conrad told the Television Academy in 2006 that he performed his own stunts on the show.

Conrad later went on to star in two other series, "The D.A." and "Assignment: Vienna" in the 1970s. He also starred in the war drama "Black Sheep Squadron," where he played Maj. Greg "Pappy" Boyington. He was nominated for a Golden Globe Award and won the People's Choice Award for his role in "Black Sheep Squadron," Ballard said.

Conrad also served as a national spokesman for Eveready batteries, where his catchphrase "I dare you" became popular.

Conrad gave back to his community

Conrad supported many organizations helping those in need, Ballard said.

He was a longtime supporter of the Wounded Warriors Project, Paralyzed Veterans of America, the United States Marine Corps and the Jimmie Heuga Endowment, which provides support to those affected with multiple sclerosis. He was also a proponent of amateur boxing, Ballard said.

Conrad was also a recipient of the Distinguished Service Award in Broadcasting and an inductee of the Stuntman's Hall of Fame.

A small private service is pending for March 1.

Conrad is survived by his eight children and 18 grandchildren from two different marriages.

Indiana Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 116549

Reported Deaths: 3577
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Marion21322766
Lake10566323
Elkhart6623111
St. Joseph6488109
Allen6244203
Hamilton4893109
Vanderburgh365231
Hendricks2741123
Monroe259836
Tippecanoe248313
Johnson2328124
Clark222757
Porter215447
Delaware196062
Cass19509
Vigo183527
Madison167075
LaPorte144440
Floyd137063
Warrick133039
Howard131363
Kosciusko121817
Bartholomew117057
Marshall100724
Boone98146
Dubois97919
Hancock93043
Grant92534
Noble91532
Henry80326
Wayne76114
Jackson7589
Morgan72438
Shelby67429
Daviess67228
Dearborn66428
LaGrange63811
Clinton60214
Harrison58224
Putnam57912
Gibson5225
Knox5179
Lawrence51229
Montgomery51121
White48614
DeKalb48311
Decatur45839
Miami4363
Greene42635
Fayette42213
Jasper3962
Steuben3857
Scott37711
Sullivan33712
Posey3350
Jennings31412
Franklin30925
Clay3015
Ripley2988
Orange28824
Whitley2766
Carroll27513
Wabash2688
Adams2663
Washington2661
Starke2647
Wells2634
Jefferson2483
Spencer2463
Fulton2412
Huntington2363
Tipton22722
Perry21913
Randolph2167
Jay1850
Newton17311
Owen1691
Martin1660
Rush1554
Pike1511
Vermillion1300
Fountain1272
Blackford1193
Pulaski1131
Crawford1070
Brown1043
Parke1002
Benton870
Union790
Ohio787
Switzerland690
Warren401
Unassigned0226

Ohio Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 150009

Reported Deaths: 4740
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Franklin26872607
Cuyahoga17437656
Hamilton13158315
Montgomery7809163
Lucas7303364
Butler6022111
Summit5304252
Marion309647
Warren308349
Mahoning3065281
Stark2872175
Pickaway265344
Lorain231186
Delaware225920
Fairfield210553
Columbiana193180
Licking192763
Trumbull1888132
Wood186672
Clark179940
Clermont172523
Lake162851
Medina146739
Greene145332
Allen143769
Miami143651
Portage113966
Mercer112218
Erie94347
Tuscarawas93120
Wayne93168
Richland88819
Ross88424
Madison82312
Darke79942
Belmont72127
Geauga72049
Hancock71010
Athens6782
Ashtabula65948
Lawrence65822
Shelby64510
Auglaize6079
Putnam60323
Sandusky57620
Huron5467
Union5382
Scioto5057
Seneca48014
Ottawa46830
Preble43515
Muskingum4103
Holmes3879
Jefferson3364
Henry31414
Logan3123
Champaign3073
Clinton30013
Perry2979
Defiance29211
Brown2882
Knox28415
Washington26023
Jackson2586
Morrow2582
Hardin25513
Fulton2441
Ashland2394
Crawford2386
Coshocton23411
Fayette2316
Highland2303
Wyandot21212
Williams2093
Gallia19113
Pike1910
Meigs17510
Guernsey1698
Hocking1649
Carroll1527
Adams1314
Van Wert1193
Monroe11018
Paulding1100
Harrison633
Morgan470
Vinton473
Noble300
Unassigned00
Fort Wayne
Scattered Clouds
61° wxIcon
Hi: 79° Lo: 58°
Feels Like: 61°
Angola
61° wxIcon
Hi: 77° Lo: 56°
Feels Like: 61°
Huntington
Scattered Clouds
60° wxIcon
Hi: 78° Lo: 57°
Feels Like: 60°
Decatur
Clear
59° wxIcon
Hi: 80° Lo: 60°
Feels Like: 59°
Van Wert
Clear
59° wxIcon
Hi: 80° Lo: 60°
Feels Like: 59°
Warm end to the weekend
WFFT Radar
WFFT Temperatures
WFFT National

Community Events