David Conrad

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David Conrad
Born David Crawford Conrad
(1967-08-17) August 17, 1967 (age 47)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1994–present

David Crawford Conrad (born August 17, 1967) is an American actor. From 2005 to 2010, he starred in the television series Ghost Whisperer alongside Jennifer Love Hewitt.

Early life and education[edit]

Conrad, the youngest of three boys, is the son of Jim Conrad, an engineer, and Margaret Conrad, a librarian. He is the great-grandson of Frank Conrad. He is a native of Swissvale, Pennsylvania, and grew up on the border of Edgewood, both suburbs of Pittsburgh. In the early 1980s, he transferred as a sophomore from Woodland Hills High School to The Kiski School, an all-boys preparatory school in Saltsburg, Pennsylvania, on a scholarship.[1] Conrad graduated from The Kiski School in 1985.[2] He studied history at Brown University, and began acting while he was there. He left Brown in 1990 and worked as a carpenter, a barista, a housepainter, and interviewed former steelworkers for a historical society in Pittsburgh.

He then went on to study theatre at New York’s prestigious Juilliard School[3] as a member of the Drama Division's Group 25 (1992–1996).[4] While at Juilliard, Conrad appeared in a stage adaptation of John Irving's novel The Cider House Rules, written by Peter Parnell and co-directed by actor Tom Hulce.[citation needed] In 1995 he left Juilliard prior to completing his final year, in order to accept a role in the film Snow White in the Black Forest starring Sigourney Weaver[5] (released in 1997 on Showtime as Snow White: A Tale of Terror).

Career[edit]

Conrad made his feature film debut with a small role in the 1994 film Under Heat. In 1996, he won a role as Leo Roth on the television series Relativity; however, he was already committed to a Pittsburgh production of the Tom Stoppard play Arcadia. Because the producers felt Conrad was right for the part, production on the series was later scheduled to accommodate his work on the play.[citation needed] Conrad went on to appear in the 1998 film Return to Paradise with Vince Vaughn and Anne Heche.

Continuing with his stage career, Conrad made his Broadway debut as Blythe Danner's much younger lover in a revival of Terence Rattigan's The Deep Blue Sea in 1998. He went on to appear in off-Broadway productions of Troilus and Cressida, Richard II and Tom Stoppard's Indian Ink. Most recently, in June 2009, he performed as Pale in the play Burn This at the New Hazlett Theater in Pittsburgh. In 1999, Conrad appeared in the TV drama The Weekend with Gena Rowlands and Brooke Shields. That same year he appeared in the Hallmark Hall of Fame television movie A Season for Miracles, opposite Carla Gugino.

He portrayed a naval lieutenant alongside Robert De Niro and Cuba Gooding, Jr. in Men of Honor (2000) and also appeared in recurring roles on the WB series Roswell (1999–2002) and Fox’s dramatic series Boston Public (2000–2005). In 2003, Conrad appeared in a small role in the Woody Allen comedy Anything Else and was cast as Detective Ed Exley in the network adaptation of "L.A. Confidential"; though the pilot was not picked up to series, Conrad soon found work on NBC’s Miss Match, in which he tries to win the heart of professional matchmaker Kate Fox (Alicia Silverstone). The series was pulled after airing 11 of 18 episodes.

In 2005, Conrad appeared in the comedy Wedding Crashers with Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson, as well as landing a regular role on the CBS series Ghost Whisperer, in which he portrayed Jennifer Love Hewitt’s paramedic husband, Jim Clancy until the series was canceled in 2010. In 2010 he was seen on an Episode of CSI: Miami. In 2013 he began playing the recurring role of Ian Quinn in the first season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D..

Conrad has been a visiting professor of Literature and Drama at the University of Pittsburgh.[citation needed]

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Film Role Notes
1993 Darkness Vampire
1996 Under Heat Simon
1998 Return to Paradise Tony Croft
1999 The Weekend Lyle
2000 Men of Honor Capt. Hanks
2003 Anything Else Dr. Phil Reed
2005 Wedding Crashers Trap
Dumpster Francis Kramer
2007 Crazy Ryan Bradford
2009 Follow the Prophet Roger Colden
2011 About Sunny Ted
Television
Year Title Role Notes
1996 Relativity Leo Roth 6 episodes
1997 Snow White: A Tale of Terror Peter Gutenberg TV movie
1999 A Season for Miracles Police Captain Nathan Blair Hallmark Hall of Fame TV movie
2000 Roswell Daniel Pierce 5 episodes
2002 The Time Tunnel Doug Phillips TV movie
2003 Boston Public Dave Fields 7 episodes
LA Confidential Det. Ed Exley TV movie
Miss Match Michael Mendelson 14 episodes
2004 Beck and Call Matthew TV movie
2005 House M.D. Marty Hamilton Episode: "DNR"
2005–2010 Ghost Whisperer Jim Clancy/Sam Lucas Main role
2010 CSI: Miami Gary Chapman Episode: "Happy Birthday"
2011 The Good Wife Judge Clark Willard Episode: "Marthas and Caitlins"
2012 The Firm Ben Episode: "Chapter Eighteen"
Beautiful People Jerry TV movie
2013 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Ian Quinn Recurring role
2013 Law and Order: Special Victims Unit Officer West Episode: "Internal Affairs"

References[edit]

  1. ^ Vancheri, Barbara (November 6, 2008). "David Conrad turns the camera on his teacher". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved May 4, 2010. 
  2. ^ McKay, Gretchen (November 8, 2008). "Spirit of Pittsburgh". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved May 4, 2010. 
  3. ^ Meyers, Kate (April 18, 1997). "Everything's 'Relativity'--For Now". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved May 4, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Alumni News". The Juilliard School. September 2007. Archived from the original on 2011-11-11. Retrieved April 8, 2012. 
  5. ^ Diamond, Jamie (January 12, 1997). "David Conrad: A Neo-Romantic For a Harsh Age". The New York Times. 

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