Monday, March 24, 2008

Cinematic Crush: Robert Conrad

Movie Dearest continues a month long look at the hottest "Retro TV Hunks", the actors who brought prime beefcake to primetime during the 70's and 80's.

Crush object: Robert Conrad, actor.

- His first big TV break was as one of the Hawaiian Eyes, but he really caught our attention as secret agent Jim West on the classic action program Wild Wild West; he reprised his character, for which he did most of his own stunts, in two follow-up TV movies.

- From the old west to World War II, he played real life fighter ace Major Greg "Pappy" Boyington in Baa Baa Blacksheep (later renamed Blacksheep Squadron), for which he received a Golden Globe Award nomination; he also co-starred in the all-star mini-series Centennial.

- He starred in so many television series during the 1970's that he competed on Battle of the Network Stars six times, eventually hosting the program.

- His many other television appearances include guest roles on Maverick, Sea Hunt, 77 Sunset Strip and Mission: Impossible; film roles include Palm Springs Weekend, Young Dillinger (as "Pretty Boy" Floyd), The Lady in Red (as John Dillinger) and Jingle All the Way.

- Despite all this, he is probably best known for his series of TV commercials for Eveready batteries, where he dared you to "knock the batter off my shoulder".

3 comments:

movielover said...

This man is perfect. He has an amazing body, a gorgeous face, beautiful blue eyes, amazig abs. and he is a VERY talented actor and he sings as well. He's the best!

Katherine said...

I disagree. I don't even remember the television commercial but I remember Robert Conrad in Maverick, 77 Sunset Strip and the Wild Wild West!!!

Anonymous said...

beautiful!!!!!!!!

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