Robert Conrad, the actor best known for his role in the television show The Wild Wild West, died today in Malibu, Calif. of heart failure on February 8th. He was 84 and his death was announced by a family spokesman.
Conrad was born in Chicago, Illinois on March 1, 1935. He moved to Los Angeles in 1958 and found almost instant success, booking a recurring role on the TV show Hawaiian Eye in 1959.
The Wild Wild West show ran from 1965 to 1969, but became an even bigger hit in syndication. The premise followed West and sidekick Artemus Gordon as the country’s first Secret Service agents, taking on the super villains of the era during the Ulysses S. Grant administration.
Under the name Bob Conrad, he recorded several albums during his career . He starred in commercials with many people remembering representing Eveready batteries. People on the street would mimic him, place a battery or other object on their shoulder and say "I dare you to knock it off."
Other accomplishments included being the recipient of the Distinguished Service Award in Broadcasting and an inductee of the Stuntman’s Hall of Fame.
is family has asked for donations to the Wounded Warrior Project and The Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation. A private service is scheduled for March 1st. Conrad is survived by 18 grandchildren and eight children, shared with ex-wives LaVelda Fann and Joan Kenlay.
Robert Conrad, playing James West and Ross Martin, playing Artemus Gordon.