Michael Conrad

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Michael Conrad
Born (1925-10-16)October 16, 1925
New York City, New York, U.S.
Died November 22, 1983(1983-11-22) (aged 58)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1937–1982
Spouse(s) Emilie Demille (1963-1967) (divorced)
Sima Goldberg (1974-1983) (his death)

Michael Conrad (October 16, 1925 – November 22, 1983) was an American actor, primarily on television.


Conrad had a long acting career in television from the 1950s to the 1980s. In 1963 he played Felton Grimes, the title character and murder victim in the Perry Mason episode, "The Case of the Bigamous Spouse." He played far left-wing Michael Stivic's, Uncle Casimir on All in the Family, and gave bigoted Archie Bunker as good as he got.

He had a memorable role in the 1974 film, The Longest Yard, playing Nate Scarboro, a retired NFL tight end (New York Giants) who was also the head coach for the Mean Machine, the team of prisoners put together by Burt Reynolds' character Paul Crewe to play the team of guards (Reynolds himself would later play the role of Scarboro in the 2005 remake starring Adam Sandler.)

During the 1976-1977 season of Delvecchio, Conrad was a regular, as he played the role of Lt. Macavan.

Conrad may be best known for his portrayal of veteran cop Sgt. Phil Esterhaus on Hill Street Blues, in which he ended the introductory roll call to each week's show with "Let's be careful out there". He won two Emmy Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series in Hill Street Blues in 1981 and 1982.


Conrad died from urethral cancer in November 1983 during the fourth season of Hill Street Blues. The show's writers terminated the role of Phil Esterhaus to coincide with his death and Sgt Esterhaus died in "Grace Under Pressure".


  • Emilie Demille (30 October 1963 - February 1967; divorced)
  • Sima Goldberg (27 January 1974 - 22 November 1983; his death)


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