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Life Struggles of the 'the Wild Wild West's Robert Conrad That Included a Conviction

Rebelander Basilan
Sep 01, 2019
04:20 A.M.
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Robert Conrad, who struggled with alcohol abuse, was once convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol.

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The “Wild Wild West” actor had crashed head on into another vehicle on March 31, 2003, as reported by The Batt.

The actor, who injured himself and the other driver, had had too much to drink, as shown by an alcohol test administered by the police.

Robert Conrad poses at the 53rd Monte Carlo TV Festival on June 12, 2013 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco | Photo: Getty Images

Robert Conrad poses at the 53rd Monte Carlo TV Festival on June 12, 2013 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco | Photo: Getty Images

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DIRE CONSEQUENCES

Conrad, who was then 68 years old, was tried on felony charges and eventually convicted.

He was sentenced to six months of house confinement, alcoholic counseling, and five years’ probation.

The actor said he spent four months in the hospital after the crash. He had surgery to repair nerve damage in his neck and arm.

Robert Conrad at Monte-Carlo Bay Resort Hotel on June 10, 2013 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco | Photo: Getty Images

Robert Conrad at Monte-Carlo Bay Resort Hotel on June 10, 2013 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco | Photo: Getty Images

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Kevin Burnett, the other driver, also filed a civil lawsuit against the actor. This was settled the following year for an undisclosed amount.

Burnett died in 2005 at the age of 28. He succumbed to perforated ulcers, which his family blamed on his difficult recovery from the crash.

"I've been in the business for 50 years, and I've had a good run. I'm happy with what I've done."

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AN ICONIC FIGURE

Conrad is best known for playing Secret Service agent James T. West in the TV series, “The Wild Wild West,” which ran from 1965 to 1969.

He also portrayed World War II ace Pappy Boyington in the TV series, “Baa Baa Black Sheep.”

Photo of Robert Conrad as Tom Lopaka from the television program "Hawaiian Eye" | Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Photo of Robert Conrad as Tom Lopaka from the television program "Hawaiian Eye" | Photo: Wikimedia Commons

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Aside from acting, Conrad was also a singer, with several pop/rock songs in the late 1950s and early 1960s as Bob Conrad.

As a result of the car crash, Conrad lost mobility of his left arm and, partially, the mobility of his right arm. But he refuses to let his physical condition hold him back.

Since 2008, he has hosted the weekly show, “PM Show with Robert Conrad.”

"It's one of the most successful shows on the radio, and I'm loving it. I've been in the business for 50 years, and I've had a good run. I'm happy with what I've done," he said in an interview with Radar Online.

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