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William Conrad Overview:

Actor, William Conrad, was born John William Cann on Sep 27, 1920 in Louisville, KY. Conrad died at the age of 73 on Feb 11, 1994 in North Hollywood, CA .

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Conrad was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame .

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William Conrad Quotes:

Commissioner: Leiningen, you're up against a monster twenty miles long and two miles wide... forty square miles of agonizing death! You can't stop it!


Quinn: [to Alice] He could've had the whole world. So he leaned over sideways and grabbed you.


Lt. Jacobi: [to Brandon] If you lie down with dogs, Brandon, you gt up with fleas.


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Buried at Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills in the Lincoln Terrace Plot # 4448. He is surrounded by his fellow TV detectives at this cemetery who are either in the same section or within very close proximity. They include Telly Savalas and George Savalas from "Kojak" (1973) and William Talman, Wesley Lau, and Ray Collins of "Perry Mason" (1957) fame and "Dragnet" (1951)'s Jack Webb.

His third wife was the widow of newscaster Chet Huntley.

There were several 11-1/2"-tall falcon props made for use in The Maltese Falcon (1941). Some were cast of plastic resin, some of lead. Only two 45-lb. lead falcons and two 5-lb., 5.4-oz resin falcons are verified to be in existence. One lead Falcon has been displayed for years at various venues. The second, which was marred at the end of the movie by Sydney Greenstreet, was a gift to Conrad by studio chief Jack L. Warner. It was auctioned in December 1994, nine months after Conrad's death, for $398,500 to Ronald Winston of Harry Winston, Inc. At that time it was the highest price ever paid for a movie prop. It was used to model a 10-lb. gold replica displayed at the 69th Academy Awards. The replica has Burmese ruby eyes, interchangeable claws (one set of gold, one set of coral) and holds a platinum chain in its beak with a 42.98 flawless diamond at the end. It's valued at over $8 million. The lead and resin falcons are valued in excess of $2 million - coincidentally the value placed on the "real" Maltese Falcon by Kasper Gutman, Greenstreet's character in the 1941 classic movie.

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