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|Born||Hans Georg Conried, Jr.
April 15, 1917
Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
|Died||January 5, 1982
Burbank, California, U.S.
Cause of death
|Body donated to medical science|
|Occupation||Actor, comedian, voice actor|
(m.1942–1982; his death)
Hans Georg Conried, Jr. (April 15, 1917 – January 5, 1982), was an American comedian, character actor and voice actor best known for providing the voices of Captain Hook in Walt Disney's version of Peter Pan and Snidely Whiplash on The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show, for playing the title role in The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T, and for his work as Uncle Tonoose on Danny Thomas's sitcom Make Room for Daddy. Known as a wit and raconteur, he regularly appeared on NBC's Tonight Show with Jack Paar from 1959 until 1962.
He was born on April 15, 1917 in Baltimore, Maryland, to Edith Beryl (Gildersleeve) and Hans Georg Conried, Sr. He was given the name Hans Georg Conried Jr. There is no truth to the story that his real name was Frank Foster. His Connecticut-born mother was a descendant of Pilgrims, and his father was a Jewish immigrant from Vienna, Austria. 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 working in movies in 1939. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in September 1944, during World War II.
Radio career and other voice work
Conried appeared regularly on radio during the 1940s and 1950s. He was in the regular cast of Orson Welles's Ceiling Unlimited, for which he wrote the December 14, 1942, episode, "War Workers". On CBS's The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show he played a psychiatrist George regularly consulted for help in dealing with the dizzy Gracie.
Conried's best single year was 1953, when he made his Broadway debut in Can-Can and was credited in six films (among them The Twonky and The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T). Other Broadway productions include 70, Girls, 70 and Irene. He can be clearly heard on the Original Cast Albums (and CDs) of Cole Porter's "Can-Can" and Kander & Ebb's "70, Girls, 70" where, among other songs, Conried performs a sensational fast-paced patter song called "The Caper."
Conried's 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 portraying comic villains and mock-sinister or cranky types, such as Captain Hook (and Mr. Darling) in Walt Disney's Peter Pan 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 that series' "Robot Devil".
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 shorts, and hosted Fractured Flickers, another creation of Jay Ward and Bill Scott, as well as Wally Walrus on The Woody Woodpecker Show, Uncle Waldo P. Wigglesworth on Hoppity Hooper, and Dr. Dred on Drak Pack. He was known as the Williams family patriarch, Uncle Tonoose, on the sitcom Make Room for Daddy, for thirteen years. He was a regular guest on Jack Paar's Tonight Show on NBC from 1959 to 1962. He also performed as the "slave in the mirror" character, hosting several memorable episodes of Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color.
Besides hosting Fractured Flickers, Conried was a regular panelist on CBS's 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.
Guest appearances included I Love Lucy (as the English tutor Percy Livermore and used furniture merchant Dan Jenkins), Davy Crockett, The Californians, Meet McGraw, Hey, Jeannie!, The Ray Milland Show, The DuPont Show with June Allyson, The Real McCoys, The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, Mister Ed, The Islanders, Ben Casey, Dr. Kildare, Lost in Space, Daniel Boone, The Beverly Hillbillies, The Lucy Show, Gilligan's Island, The Monkees, Have Gun – Will Travel, Love, American Style, Kolchak, Alice, Laverne & Shirley, The Love Boat, Hogan's Heroes, Match Game, Maverick, What's It For, Fantasy Island, and Quark (as the voice of "The Source").
From 1956 until 1963, Conried made twenty-one guest appearances as Danny Thomas' Lebanese "Uncle Tonoose" in Make Room for Daddy on NBC and then CBS. In real life, Thomas was Lebanese and Conried was Austrian and Jewish.
Conried 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.
Conried was active until his sudden death from cardiovascular disease on January 5, 1982. He was married to Margaret Grant from January 29, 1942 until his death three weeks short of their 40th wedding anniversary. The couple had four children. His remains were donated to medical science.
- Dramatic School (1938)
- Never Say Die (1939)
- It's a Wonderful World (1939)
- On Borrowed Time (1939)
- Dulcy (1940)
- The Great Dictator (1940)
- Bitter Sweet (1940)
- Maisie Was a Lady (1941)
- More About Nostradamus (1941) (short subject)
- Underground (1941)
- Unexpected Uncle (1941)
- Weekend for Three (1941)
- The Gay Falcon (1941) (uncredited)
- A Date with the Falcon (1941)
- Joan of Paris (1942)
- Blondie's Blessed Event (1942)
- Saboteur (1942)
- The Wife Takes a Flyer (1942)
- Pacific Rendezvous (1942)
- The Falcon Takes Over (1942)
- The Big Street (1942)
- The Greatest Gift (1942) (short subject)
- Nightmare (1942)
- Once Upon a Honeymoon (1942)
- Underground Agent (1942)
- Hitler's Children (1943)
- Journey into Fear (1943)
- Hostages (1943)
- A Lady Takes a Chance (1943)
- Crazy House (1943)
- His Butler's Sister (1943)
- Passage to Marseille (1944)
- Mrs. Parkington (1944)
- Sliphorn King of Polaroo (1945) (short subject) (voice)
- Woody Dines Out (1945) (short subject) (voice, uncredited)
- The Senator Was Indiscreet (1947)
- Variety Time (1948)
- The Barkleys of Broadway (1949)
- My Friend Irma (1949)
- Bride for Sale (1949)
- On the Town (1949)
- One Hour in Wonderland (1950)
- Nancy Goes to Rio (1950)
- Summer Stock (1950)
- Rich, Young and Pretty (1951)
- New Mexico (1951)
- Behave Yourself! (1951)
- Texas Carnival (1951)
- Too Young to Kiss (1951)
- I'll See You in My Dreams (1951)
- Johann Mouse (1952) (short subject) (voice)
- The Light Touch (1952)
- Three for Bedroom "C" (1952)
- Big Jim McLain (1952)
- The World in His Arms (1952)
- The Twonky (1953)
- Peter Pan (1953) (voices of Captain Hook & George Darling)
- The Emperor's New Clothes (1953) (short subject) (voice)
- Siren of Bagdad (1953)
- The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T (1953)
- The Affairs of Dobie Gillis (1953)
- Ben and Me (1953) (short subject) (voice)
- Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier (1955)
- You're Never Too Young (1955)
- The Birds and the Bees (1956)
- Bus Stop (1956)
- Carnival in Munich (1956) (short subject) (narrator)
- The Story of Anyburg U.S.A. (1957) (short subject) (voice)
- The Monster That Challenged the World (1957)
- Jet Pilot (1957)
- The Big Beat (1958)
- Rock-A-Bye Baby (1958)
- Juke Box Rhythm (1959)
- The Alphabet Conspiracy (1959)(short subject)(Mad Hatter)
- 1001 Arabian Nights (1959) (voice)
- The Magic Fountain (1961) (voice)
- Jay Ward's Fractured Fairy Tales (1963) (host)
- My Six Loves (1963)
- Robin and the 7 Hoods (1964)
- The Patsy (1964)
- Up is Down (1969) (narrator)
- Wake Me When the War Is Over (1969) (TV)
- The Phantom Tollbooth (1970) (voice)
- Horton Hears a Who! (1970) (voices of The Narrator / Horton / Dr. H. Hoovey)
- Dr. Seuss on the Loose (1973) Narrator/North-going Zax/South-going Zax (voice)
- The Brothers O'Toole (1973)
- The Shaggy D.A. (1976)
- The Magic Pony (1977) (voice)
- The Hobbit (1977) (voice)
- Halloween Is Grinch Night (1977) (voice)
- The Cat from Outer Space (1978)
- Oh, God! Book II (1980)
- Why Didn't Somebody Tell Me? (1980)
- Scruffy (1980) (voice)
- Drak Pack (1980) (voice)
- Faeries (1981) (voice)
- The Trolls and the Christmas Express (1981) (voice)
- Spiderman and His Amazing Friends (1981) (voice)
- Miss Switch to the Rescue (1982) (voice)
- Suzanne Gargiulo, Hans Conried: A Biography
- Gargiulo, Suzanne; Leonard Maltin (2002). Hans Conried: a biography. McFarland. pp. 9, 10. ISBN 0-7864-1338-7.
- National Archives and Records Administration. U.S. World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2005.
- 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
- "Hans Conried, 66". New York Times. January 6, 1982. Retrieved 2009-01-21. "Hans Conried, a versatile character actor and comedian who entertained audiences on stage, radio and television and in films for more than 40 years, died of a heart attack yesterday in a hospital in Burbank, Calif. A resident of Hollywood, he was 66 years old. Mr. Conried, a tall, ..."
- Hans Conried at Find a Grave
- Hans Conried at the Internet Movie Database
- Hans Conried at the Internet Broadway Database
- Hans Conried radiography at Radio Gold Index