Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Actor William Conrad Is Dead at 73

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Actor William Conrad Is Dead at 73

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William Conrad, who played the rotund district attorney in television's "Jake and the Fatman" and whose booming voice narrated such popular shows as "Rocky & His Friends" and "The Fugitive," died Friday (Feb. 11, 1994) following a heart attack. He was 73.

Mr. Conrad played J.L. "Fatman" McCabe, a tough district attorney and former police officer, on the CBS-TV series "Jake and the Fatman." The show ran from 1987 to 1992. He also starred in the detective series "Cannon," which ran from 1971 to 1976 on CBS.

Joe Penny, who played "Jake" to Mr. Conrad's "Fatman" on the series, said their on-screen collaboration continued off-screen.

"I considered Bill a very good friend and was very honored to work with him for the years that we had together," Penny said. "I will miss him very much."

Mr. Conrad was the original Marshal Matt Dillon in the "Gunsmoke" radio network drama, which ran for 11 years on CBS. His resonant voice provided background narration on many television programs, most notably "The Fugitive" and "The Invaders. …

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