Hans Conried
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Conried in The Tony Randall Show (1977)
Born
Hans Georg Conried Jr.

(1917-04-15)April 15, 1917
DiedJanuary 5, 1982(1982-01-05) (aged 64)
Alma materColumbia University
Occupation
  • Actor
  • comedian
Years active1937–1981
Spouse(s)
Margaret Grant
(m. 1942)
Children4

Hans Georg Conried Jr. (April 15, 1917 – January 5, 1982) was an American actor and comedian. He was known for providing the voices of Walt Disney's George Darling and Captain Hook in Peter Pan (1953), Snidely Whiplash in Jay Ward's Dudley Do-Right cartoons, Professor Waldo P. Wigglesworth in Ward's Hoppity Hooper cartoons, was host of Ward's "Fractured Flickers" and Professor Kropotkin on the radio and film versions of My Friend Irma. He also appeared as Uncle Tonoose on Danny Thomas' sitcom Make Room for Daddy, and twice on I Love Lucy.

Early life

Conried was born on April 15, 1917, in Baltimore, Maryland to parents Edith Beryl (née Gildersleeve) and Hans Georg Conried Sr. His Connecticut-born mother was a descendant of Pilgrims, and his father was a Jewish immigrant from Vienna, Austria.[1] He was raised in Baltimore and in New York City.

He studied acting at Columbia University and went on to play major classical roles onstage. Conried worked in radio before turning to movies in 1939. During World War II, he enlisted in the United States Army in September 1944.[2]

Conried trained at Fort Knox as a tank crewman until the army decided he was too tall. He became a heavy mortar crewman then was sent to the Philippines as an engineer laborer until fellow actor Jack Kruschen obtained his release for service with the Armed Forces Radio Network.[3]

Career

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Radio career and other voice work

One of Conried's early radio appearances came in 1937, when he appeared in a supporting role in a broadcast of The Taming of the Shrew on KECA in Los Angeles, California.[4] Four years later, a newspaper reported about his role on Hedda Hopper's Hollywood: "But at the mike, he's equally convincing as old men, drunks, dialeticians, or Shakesperean tragedians. Miss Hopper favors him for her dramatizations when the script will allow him, as she puts it, 'to have his head.'"[5]

Conried appeared regularly on radio during the 1940s and 1950s. He was in the regular cast of Orson Welles' Ceiling Unlimited, for which he wrote the December 14, 1942, episode, "War Workers".[6] On The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show, he played a psychiatrist whom George regularly consults for help in dealing with the ditzy Gracie. Conried was also a regular on the CBS Radio program, Life with Luigi, portraying Schultz, a German classmate.

Even as a younger man, Conried appeared much older than his actual age and he was frequently cast as middle-aged or even elderly pompous scholarly types. His inimitable growl and impeccable diction were well-suited to the roles he played, whether portraying the dim Professor Kropotkin in the radio show My Friend Irma or as comic villains and mock-sinister or cranky types, such as Mr. Darling and Captain Hook in Walt Disney's Peter Pan (following the tradition of having both characters portrayed by the same actor), and The Grinch/Narrator from Dr. Seuss' Halloween Is Grinch Night. According to the DVD commentary of Futurama, he was the inspiration for the voice created for Robot Devil. He was a live action model reference for King Stefan in Sleeping Beauty and, though he was replaced by Taylor Holmes for the voice role of Stefan, he recorded a few dialogues.

Conried was a cast member of other Dr. Seuss specials and The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show, voicing the character of Snidely Whiplash in the Dudley Do-Right segments, a creation of Jay Ward and Bill Scott, as well as Wally Walrus on The Woody Woodpecker Show, Professor Waldo P. Wigglesworth on Hoppity Hooper, and Dr. Dred on Drak Pack.

TV appearances

Conried as the grumpy Uncle Tonoose, a recurring role he played on Make Room for Daddy
Conried as the grumpy Uncle Tonoose, a recurring role he played on Make Room for Daddy

From 1955 to 1964, Conried made 19 guest appearances as Danny Thomas' Uncle Tonoose in Make Room for Daddy on ABC and then CBS, and four appearances as other characters.

He was featured in the 1958 episode "What Makes Opera Grand?" on the anthology series Omnibus. The episode, an analysis by Leonard Bernstein, showing the powerful effect of music in opera, featured Conried as Marcello in a spoken dramatization of Act III of Puccini's La Bohème. The program demonstrated the effect of the music in La Bohème by having actors speak portions of the libretto in English, followed by opera singers singing the same lines in the original Italian.[7]

Conried hosted several episodes of Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color as the Magic Mirror from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. He was a regular guest on Jack Paar's Tonight Show from 1959 to 1962. Besides hosting Jay Ward's Fractured Flickers, Conried was a regular panelist on the pantomime program Stump the Stars and a semi-regular guest on the Ernie Kovacs-hosted game show Take a Good Look. Conried joined the cast of The Tony Randall Show during the 1977–78 season.

His many guest appearances included I Love Lucy, Davy Crockett with Fess Parker, The Californians, Meet McGraw, Hey, Jeannie!, The Ray Milland Show, The DuPont Show with June Allyson, The Real McCoys with Walter Brennan, The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, Mister Ed, The Islanders, Ben Casey, Dr. Kildare, Lost in Space with Guy Williams, Daniel Boone with Fess Parker, The Beverly Hillbillies with Buddy Ebsen, The Lucy Show, Gilligan's Island with Alan Hale Jr., The Monkees, Have Gun – Will Travel with Richard Boone, Love, American Style, Here's Lucy, Kolchak, Alice, Laverne & Shirley, The Love Boat, Hogan's Heroes, Match Game, Maverick with James Garner, The Donna Reed Show, What's It For, Fantasy Island and Quark.

Live action film and stage appearances

Conried made his Broadway debut in the Cole Porter musical Can-Can,[8] where he played a struggling artist and sang two musical numbers.[9] In 1971, he appeared in 70, Girls, 70 and two years later was a replacement performer in the revival of Irene starring Debbie Reynolds.[10]

His first film was the independent science fiction comedy The Twonky in 1953.[11] Two years later, Conried appeared as a riverboat gambler in Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier.[12] His other live action films include The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T and The Shaggy D.A..

Personal life

Conried married Margaret Grant on January 29, 1942; they had four children.[13]

Death

Conried had a long history of heart problems and suffered a stroke in 1974 and a mild heart attack in 1979.[14] He remained active until his death on January 5, 1982, one day after suffering a major heart attack.[13] His body was donated to medical science.[15]

Filmography

References

  1. ^ Gargiulo, Suzanne; Leonard Maltin (2002). Hans Conried: a biography. McFarland. pp. 9–10. ISBN 0-7864-1338-7.
  2. ^ National Archives and Records Administration. U.S. World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, US: The Generations Network, Inc., 2005.
  3. ^ p. 46 Gargiulo, Suzanne Hans Conried: A Biography; With a Filmography and a Listing of Radio, Television, Stage and Voice Work McFarland, 22 Aug. 2002
  4. ^ "Toscanini Will Conduct Vienna Orchestra on Air". The San Bernardino County Sun. July 26, 1937. p. 11. Retrieved May 2, 2015 – via Newspapers.com. open access
  5. ^ "Shirley Temple on Air Tonight". Belvidere Daily Republican. January 27, 1941. p. 5. Retrieved May 3, 2015 – via Newspapers.com. open access
  6. ^ Welles, Orson, and Peter Bogdanovich, edited by Jonathan Rosenbaum, This Is Orson Welles. New York: HarperCollins Publishers 1992 ISBN 0-06-016616-9 page 375
  7. ^ What Makes Opera Grand? Omnibus (1952–1961)Season 6, Episode 27 Accessed online December 14, 2019
  8. ^ "Delmar to return to radio". Billboard. 1953-03-07. Retrieved 2015-03-26.
  9. ^ Liner notes for the cast album of Can-Can, Broadway Angel Records
  10. ^ "Hans G. Conried, Jr. – Broadway Cast & Staff | IBDB". www.ibdb.com.
  11. ^ https://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/title/17361/The-Twonky/articles.html. ((cite web)): Missing or empty |title= (help)
  12. ^ Maltin, Leonard. The Disney Films. Bonanza Books. p. 122.
  13. ^ a b "Hans Conried, 66". The New York Times. January 6, 1982. Retrieved 2009-01-21.
  14. ^ "Hans Conried, the versatile comedian who delighted radio, TV,..." United Press International. January 6, 1982. Retrieved January 9, 2019.
  15. ^ "Hans Conried Actor dies of heart ailment". Desert Sun. No. 132. Palm Springs, CA. January 6, 1982. p. 5. Retrieved May 15, 2020 – via University of California Riverside Center for Bibliographical Studies and Research.
  16. ^ ""GUESS WHO??" Voice Artists in the Woody Woodpecker Cartoons |".
  17. ^ "YouTube". YouTube.

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