Robert Conrad
1935 - 2020
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Robert Conrad was an actor best known for his starring role as Secret Service agent James West on the 1960s TV show “The Wild Wild West.”

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Published in Suburban Life Publications on Feb. 10, 2020.
MEMORIES & CONDOLENCES
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July 1, 2020
Mr. Conrad
I liked your show Ba Ba Black sheep. A good tv series about Pappy Boyington and world war 2. You did a good job playing him, and that good show brings awareness of world war 2, to new generations today and to come, after we are gone. We must not forget sacrifices of wars our US military has been involved in, and is currently involved in, and your
WW 2 show lives on after you. Ba Ba black sheep will have a positive impact to new generations to enlist in our American military, and do the job, and they will do the job. Again, thanks for that good WW2 tv series.
Plus Red West,
(Elvis Presley former body guard) also had a good part in this series as a rough, tough, and grizzled, USMC Staff NCO. And your eveready battery tv commercials gave us a good laugh back then and with your threat/challenge to knock the battery off your shoulder was funny to us, and we would imitate your commercial. Thanks for your work in the entertainment industry, for us regular folk, and thanks also to the support staff, who work unseen doing the lower paid grunt work, who make the shows possible.
JD
Carlsbad Texas - Sanatorium Texas
Joe DeHoyos
June 21, 2020
Will miss you greatly Uncle Bob , vaya con Dios.
Jess DeCristo
Acquaintance
June 1, 2020
Robert Conrad you were my childhood Idol and hero while I was growing up. Still to this day You are. I truly enjoyed all your TV shows. My favorite of all was the Wild Wild West, Blacksheep Squadron and the Duke, Breaking up is hard to do even though short lived but a great show. You truly were the real deal tough guy. I got into boxing because of you. I modeled myself after you not to take any crap from anyone. There will never be another Robert Conrad you will be truly missed and never forgotten my Idol rest in peace God Speed to your family. You changed my life for the best I will miss my you my hero and idol. It's so much more I could say I could go on forever a great stuntman also. I'll leave it there for right now. Once again Rest in peace Robert Conrad prayers to your family.
Kevin Clark
May 22, 2020
Very sad
He was the best actor and great singer and stuntman he was. He's now upstairs with the Lord taking care of him.
Lonnie Booker, III
Acquaintance
May 18, 2020
i grew up with this man, totally adorned , admired , loved and cherished him, it is with all the respect that i can muster to tell his family, he will be missed and loved forever...
tippy miller
May 12, 2020
A little late , just found this , but i so admired Mr. Conrad...he was so talented and athletic...handsome, ideal of the prefect man..grew up watching Hawaiian Eye very young and continued to watch anything that he was in..his family has my condolences and prayers, we lost one heck of a guy
Ava Miller
April 18, 2020
Thank you Robert Conrad for the many years of entertainment you gave us. You were a great actor and athlete who was blessed with stunning good looks. My condolences to your family. RIP.
Patricia Miller
April 16, 2020
VALENDA NEWELL
April 15, 2020
Mr. Conrad,
Thank you for a lifetime of joy. I started watching WWW in 1970, in reruns. It is my favorite show of all times. My sons watch it in reruns now. RIP Mr. West.
Kalvin Paddyfote
April 4, 2020
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
Michelle Gerard
March 12, 2020
What a wonderful, sweet, tender, loving man, who was, I believe, sometimes misunderstood for the depth of his soul. I never met anyone with a deeper soul. He appreciated even the smallest kindnesses. So often self-deprecating, often feeling undeserving of those kindnesses. I spoke to him once, chiding him for not eating healthy at that time. His voice choked up and he thanked me. Deep soul. IGYUMSHB
Mary Tetreault
Friend
March 9, 2020
I am so thankful to Robert Conrad for a long and entertaining career. May the peace of God that surpasses all understanding guard your hearts and minds while you lovingly support each other during your time of sadness.
March 7, 2020
Robert James West Conrad, You will always be in my heart and greatly missed. Youve always been my favorite actor from television to radio. I thank God for the opportunity that allowed me to talk with you by way of radio sharing Wild Wild West memories. Thank you for all of your hard work in bringing us such great entertainment for so many years.
Delain Brown
Friend
March 7, 2020
Robert was my favourite male television star when I was a kid, starting about when I was 7 years old, because of his personality and his role as Jim West on the Wild, Wild West. I found him (still do) to be quite inspirational as a non-apologetic masculine adult figure, of which there are far too few now even more than then. I actually picked up some of his mannerisms as I religiously watched that programme, and it helped me many times with women and fighting off bullies as well.
By the grace of God, I had an oppourtunity about 20 years ago to meet Robert in my hometown, Auburn, CA, as he quietly had some fliers delivered announcing his proposed arrival date to come to the local high school and do a lecture, video, and slide show on his unique career.
I arrived at the school at dusk, and making my way up the walkway, there he was..leaning with his back against a tree. I said, "There he is!," and in his ever-so-cool grovely voice, and barely audible, he says, "Hey. How's it going?"
That was one of the highlights of my live, and then hearing him do his lecture and sharing behind-the-scenes stories, well, it doesn't get too much better.
He inspired me even subconsciously as recently, I found myself assessing a workshop I do discussing my Dad's and my own life with philosophies and experiences, and I realised it to be really similar mechanically to Robert Conrad's lecture.
Thank you Robert, my favourite gentleman tough guy, from Chicago like my mom.
H.Tim van Bragt
Acquaintance
March 6, 2020
I grew up in the 60's and of course I never missed an episode of the Wild, Wild West which is probably the best series in television history. Robert Conrad was quoted as saying that there was no one else like him in the acting business. The fact that he could do his own stunts and choreograph the fight scenes that were vastly more realistic than anything else on screen is testament to that. I would like to know if Bruce Lee was a fan because you can see Conrad's influence in the Lee films. I feel enriched to have followed the life and career of a unique man with all his triumphs and tragedies but who lived life to the fullest and remained spiritually strong to the end.
Jim Elphick
March 5, 2020
Bob you were my idol for years!! You were James West!! Rest in peace my friend
Mike Troha
Friend
March 5, 2020
Mike Troha
Acquaintance
March 5, 2020
RIP Pappy. Your legacy will live on with your work
March 4, 2020
My heart goes out to the comrade family over the loss of their father who was a spectacular man With endearing talent

Karen Shinkle
Acquaintance
March 3, 2020
There are no adequate words for the loss of Robert Conrad. We both shared March 1 birthday and that was the coolest to me. He will forever be etched in my mind as Jim West riding Super Star and getting outta any fix along with Artie. My late son Daniel and me always said that he was the friend we never met. Condolences and prayers out to his family. RIP sweetie!
Diana E
March 2, 2020
as a young boy growing up in North Carolina during the original air time of show "Wild Wild West" we looked forward eagerly to each week which I think it was Friday nights Thank you for the episodes still enjoyed today
Garry Cabaniss
March 1, 2020
To Mr. Conrad's children and grandchildren. Know this, Your father and grandfather was the coolest cat on the earth. With the greatest show on television, R.I.P. Great man.
fan forever
March 1, 2020
Happy Heavenly Birthday! Thinking of you fondly this day, ESPECIALLY!
Donna Fantasia
March 1, 2020
Our first meeting
Robert, Duke, Doodlebug, Snookie, Conrad the list goes on, however many names you've had I could only call you Robert I referred to you as RC but found it strange to call you anything other than Robert. Besides your volumes of names and roles you've had and shows you've done I'm honored to have called and be called the most important word, friend! I've learned not to use that word too lightly, unfortunately, and yes, you warned me! I'll be forever grateful that you let me into your life and allowed my dream to come true by meeting you! I of course had to do it the HARD way before your radio show where many had easier access to you! That's the thing that makes you so very special, no other actor of your caliber has ever let their fans in like you! You're one of a kind and they definitely broke the mold after you! You're always in my heart and I'll love you forever, until we meet again! God bless you, and knowing you're no longer in pain is the only solace! Rest easy my friend! Love you, love you, love you! Donna Fantasia
Donna Fantasia
March 1, 2020
I recently saw an older tribute site to deceased Ross Martin & his great relationship with Bob Conrad in the Wild Wild West, but it asked if sometimes viewers actually could like the sidekick more than the hero.It also asked for an opinion on that question at the following url. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fVF_Lsjh1xc

MY OPINION FOLLOWS: The perfect combination Conrad & Martin, each a supreme actor with a skill set suited perfectly for the role they each represented. Their combined personalities made their friendship so realistic that it's impossible to rate either higher than the other in importance to the success of the greatest TV action series of all time.

What makes a peanut butter & jelly sandwich so great is that both ingredients have stand alone taste & quality. But when the sweetness & fluid consistency of Jelly is combined with the unique peanut taste & pasty consistency of peanut butter, it makes a peanut butter & jelly sandwich one of the all time favorites... when situated in the right platform of a white bread.

And so it was with Martin & Conrad on the Wild West platform!!! ...or was it Conrad & Martin on the Wild West Platform? Like jelly & peanut butter on white bread, no mater which comes first, it's the combination that makes the total package a memorable & enjoyable experience.

Ya know, the next time I watch one of my Wild Wild West DVD episodes, I think I'm gonna have a peanut butter & jelly sandwich & really enjoy the show!!
Frank Sobchak
March 1, 2020
only knew him from the show....the wild wild west, in which i grew up on, watching him in this picture, even though he stared in many others.....i will always see him as James west[Jim west]....with Artemus Garden always by his side and his back up........really love watching them two in action.....they were the best!!!!!!!!!!! and my thoughts and prayers goes out to his surviving family....may God bless and continue to strength you all......
LENORA BLACKSHEAR
Family
March 1, 2020
I started watching Baa Baa Black Sheep on September 21, 1976. The days to come I was reading about, the Second world war and watching Black Sheep every week, I became a Historian. It was a pleasure meeting you at the meet and greet on November 1st 2018 I also enjoyed the times on Thurday with the CRN Radio, I have most of your tv shows and movies on DVD, to me you are a personal Hero. Rest in Peace Robert
Patrick M Kearney
March 1, 2020
The fictional character James West was a big reason I joined the army, and became a military policeman. The honor, duty, sacrafice, respect and dedication to president Grant was portrayed flawlessly by Robert Conrad, and he made James West the type of hero any young boy wanted to be. Thank you, Mr. Conrad for setting an example in toughness, fortitude, and a "don't take crap from anyone" attitude that has helped me through my entire life. I was 5'8", and 145 pounds when I went to MP school, the smallest guy in my class, and I graduated, thanks to the inspiration you brought to life in the form of James T. West. Thank you, sir. You won't be forgotten.
March 1, 2020
He was very kind to me both times I visited him at CRN. May he Rest In Peace and God bless him and his wonderful friends and family.
Laura Thornhill
Friend
March 1, 2020
Bob,
I was an honor and blessing to have met you, I so enjoyed that evening at Angelo and Vinci's. So many that are mourning you want to pay respect to you because we cared about you. Thank you for bringing that joy into our lives, it will never be forgotten.
Vicky Barajas
March 1, 2020
Ray From Rhode Isalnd, Loved calling the radio show and talking with you . Made me feel i knew you a long time. God Bless Ya.
raymond lyons
March 1, 2020
RC, as I always called you. I will miss talking with you. I got to know you through your show and I am so thankful I did. Your eternal journey has just begun and it will be a beautiful experience for you. Until then when we all get to meet you in heaven I am thankful for you.
Valerie Augustine
Friend
March 1, 2020
My favorite actor from my favorite series the wild wild west. Hope to see u again 1 day in Heaven.
Robert Green
March 1, 2020
Robert, I will never forget the impact you have had in my life. Even though I never met you, all of my talks with you on the show and at your home, will remain in my heart forever. I didn't have to meet you to become close to you. I know you are without pain now. I would bet up you are having a big party with all of your friends up in heaven. No one will ever forget the light you brought into this world. I will miss you for the rest of my life. There will never be anyone to compare to you. RIP doodlebug.
Anita Hanson
Friend
March 1, 2020
Missing him every day. He will remain forever young in the eyes of his many fans worldwide. RIP Robert ❤.
Janice Reilley
Friend
March 1, 2020
Duke was nicknamed, 'Thursday Sunshine' by me on the Talkshow he hosted every Thursday. He was full of fun, laughter, and quite a character.
He added a some brightness to some of my week, by the call on Thursdays.
I cannot believe he is gone. I still cannot look at his photo but a second, nor view & listen to any of the recorded talkshow..It still hurts too much.
A big 'Thank you' from the bottom of my broken heart to his family, for sharing him with the Public...I am very mindful how my sorrow could never match yours.
I pray the peace of God & time will comfort you.
patricia niles
Friend
March 1, 2020
You have been a part of my life since childhood. Thank you for the years and the great memories. Rest easy . You earned it.
Ann Eacho Krampf
March 1, 2020
I first saw Bob in Hawaiian Eye when I was 12 years old and fell in love immediately. Loved him in everything he ever did. When I published my first book, I sent him a copy because he had been such a great inspiration to me, and he called me to thank me and wish me great success. What a class act! He is so greatly missed. Condolences to the children and the family. He will forever live in our hearts.
Mare Chapman
March 1, 2020
an amazing human being
John grlssom
March 1, 2020
Miss you so much Uncle Bob. I am so glad I got to meet you and spend time with you. My sister and I will always cherish that. You were one of a kind. Praying for the family. You were my first crush. I was 6 yrs old and those dimples and beautiful eyes had me. 50 yrs of love and adoration. Fly high
Sheri Lawson
Friend
March 1, 2020
Inspired me as a young boy growing up in Australia watching The Wild Wild West, I got into martial arts and still training today. RIP Sensei Robert
Glenn
Significant_other
March 1, 2020
Bob, thank you for your kindness and your friendship ever since I first called your radio show on July 1, 2010. Thank you for the privilege and pleasure of being a guest five times on your radio show. Thank you for the times we got to be with you at the Memphis Film Festival and the Mid-Atlantic Nostalgia Convention. Thank you for letting us visit you at your home. Thank you too for being the man I looked up to when I was growing up and to this day. May God bless you and your family. I love you like a brother. Your friend, John (The Voice)
John Staton
Friend
March 1, 2020
Even though Im only 23, I grew up with seeing Robert Conrad in lots of things. And even over the last few years as well. I loved seeing him in Hawaiian Eye, The Wild Wild West, Young Dillinger, Palm Springs Weekend, Baa Baa Black Sheep, Centennial, Murf The Surf, The Adventures Of Nick Carter, Colombo, Mission Impossible, the 2 Wild Wild West TV movies, and of course, his radio talk show. I thought he was so neat. I loved his personality, sense of humour, his good looks, the way he did his own stunts in everything he did, the way he treated other people with respect, and when hed get things wrong, hed apologise and be determined to be better. I really enjoyed watching him in the Wild Wild West in particular. I thought it was very inspiring. And getting to tune into his talk show was really something. He went through so much in his life, and just kept going no matter how hard it was for him. His whatever doesnt kill you makes you stronger attitude towards life really helped me to keep going with my life. I was going through a tough time when I first tuned into his show, and seeing him how he was and what hed been through, helped me to understand that I can get back up and try again and keep going. I would email him on the show too, and hed respond back to me verbally on the show for everyone to hear. That meant a lot to me. And through the help of a friend of mine from America who knew him in person helped me to get to talk to him on the phone. That was really super of her to do that for me, and Ill always appreciate that. And Im glad that Robert got to know me and like me as a person, that will always mean a lot to me too.
Laura McDonald
Acquaintance
March 1, 2020
Sorry for the loss of Mr. CONRAD
Gary Gentry
Neighbor
February 29, 2020
Robert Conrad was my first and most enduring crush since I was 8 years old back in 1969. I loved him in The Wild Wild West. He was a great actor and I wished I could have met him. There will never be another like him. Condolences to his family and friends. He had class and style. Rest in peace....you will be missed.
Leah Bang
February 29, 2020
We're so blessed to have shared Bob's talent and family in his TV shows and movies. The stories he'd share on his radio show were so down to earth and funny. But his greatest joy was his family and their accomplishments. I'll miss hearing Chelsea singing "Again" with the voice of an angel and Bob singing Happy Birthday to any fan who requested it. It is comforting to know he's in Heaven, free of all pain, surrounded by his family and friends. RIP dear Robert, you'll never be forgotten. Condolences to his family.
Laura Baas
Friend
February 29, 2020
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
Becky Ratliff
Friend
February 29, 2020
I discovered Robert in the role of James West in Wild Wild West and as a young kid, he became my hero! Robert touched so many fans during his lifetime, that his memory will live on forever. I had the chance to talk with him on a couple of occasions on his radio show, and believe me, I will never forget those little chats we had. He made my heart beat so fast! I could not believe I was speaking with the great Robert Conrad! What a charismatic man he was! He will be sorely missed by his fans all around the world. My deepest sympathies to his family and friends.
Marlita Martine Tapp
Acquaintance
February 29, 2020
My inspiration for life, my husband always reminded me of you, it was a huge joy to both of us to meet you in Baltimore. You will live forever in our hearts and minds. Condolences to all your children and grandchildren. Thankful you lived a long and exciting life and now your family is with you in Heaven.
Wendy & Ken from Vermont
Wendy Alger
Acquaintance
February 29, 2020
Robert thank you so much for singing Happy Birthday to me on The Lounge with Robert Conrad three different times. I never got to meet you in person, but will treasure the times I got to call in and talk to you on CRN where you made it clear we were not your fans we were your friends. I also know that one day I will see you in Heaven and until then you will live in my heart and through your TV shows, movies, and music. I love you and miss you Robert, but I know you are now at peace, no longer in pain, and with your many family and friends who passed on before you.
Laura Shulse
Friend
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