Conrad Brooks

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Conrad Brooks
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Brooks in The Beast of Yucca Flats (1961)
Born
Conrad Biedrzycki

(1931-01-03)January 3, 1931
DiedDecember 6, 2017(2017-12-06) (aged 86)
OccupationActor
Years active1948–2016
Spouse(s)Ruth Marilyn Biedrzycki
Children1

Conrad Brooks (born Conrad Biedrzycki; January 3, 1931 – December 6, 2017) was an American actor.

Career[edit]

Brooks moved to Hollywood, California, in 1948 to pursue a career in acting. He got his start in movies appearing in Ed Wood films such as Plan 9 from Outer Space, Glen or Glenda, and Jail Bait.[1]

Brooks took a break from acting during the 1960s and 1970s, but due to the ongoing interest in the films of Ed Wood he re-emerged in the 1980s and became a prolific actor. He went on to write, produce and direct several films.[2]

Along with Gregory Walcott and Paul Marco, Brooks appeared in Tim Burton's film Ed Wood. Brooks was a frequent guest at the Mid-Atlantic Nostalgia Convention, where he signed autographs for fans.

He made a cameo appearance as the pianist for the Sound The Surrender music video by heavy metal band, Darkest Hour.[3] When The Sinister Urge episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000 was released on DVD, Brooks filmed a special introduction.

Brooks teamed up again with filmmaker Jonathan M. Parisen on two films, Toilet Gator and Space Vampires from the Planet Blood, and a television show, Blast Corrigan: Rocketship To Earth.

Brooks was founder and owner of Conrad Brooks Productions, which has produced the Gypsy Vampire series, starring Bruce "Porkchop" Lindsay as Count Lugo.

Brooks continued acting well into his 80s, making an appearance in a 2015 remake of Plan 9 from Outer Space. He made his last appearance in the 2016 film Don't Let the Devil in.

Brooks was married to Ruth Marilyn Biedrzycki (December 21, 1923 - April 8, 2016) from the late 1960s until her death. They had one daughter.

Death[edit]

Brooks died of complications from sepsis on December 6, 2017 in Martinsburg, West Virginia, at the age of 86.[4][5]

Selected filmography[edit]

  • Jalopy (1953) as Party Guest (uncredited)
  • Glen or Glenda (1953) as Banker / Reporter / Pickup Artist / Bearded Drag
  • Clipped Wings (1953) as Recruit (uncredited)
  • Jail Bait (1954) as Medical Attendant / Photographer (uncredited)
  • The Mad Magician (1954) as Bonfire Extra (uncredited)
  • Bride of the Monster (1955) as Suspect Outside Office (uncredited)
  • Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959) as Policeman
  • The Sinister Urge (1960) as Connie
  • Night of the Ghouls (1959)
  • Mystery in Shadows (1960, Short, Director, Producer, Writer) as Bob Ryan
  • Bob and Run (1960, TV Movie) as Bob
  • The Beast of Yucca Flats (1961) as Man at Airfield
  • Girl Madness (1961)
  • Hellborn (1961)
  • The Young and the Immoral (1961)
  • A Polish Vampire in Burbank (1983) as Bartender
  • Night of the Ghouls (1984) as Man in Fight (uncredited)
  • Deathrow Gameshow (1987) as Judge
  • Curse of the Queerwolf (1988) as Wally Beaver
  • Young Rebels (1989) as Drug Boss
  • On the Trail of Ed Wood (1990, Documentary) as Himself
  • Shadow of the Dragon (1992) as Officer Singer
  • Flying Saucers Over Hollywood: The Plan 9 Companion (1992, Documentary) as Himself
  • Hellborn (1993, Writer) as Himself / Connie
  • Test Tube Teens from the Year 2000 (1994) as Janitor
  • Ed Wood: Look Back In Angora (1994, Documentary) as Himself
  • Ed Wood (1994) as Bartender
  • Conrad Brooks vs. the Werewolf (1994, Short) as Himself
  • Baby Ghost (1995) as Elliot
  • The Haunted World of Edward D. Wood Jr. (1995) as Himself
  • Bikini Drive-In (1996) as Oscar
  • Misfit Patrol (1996) as Officer Buford Murphy
  • Toad Warrior (1996) as Swamp Farmer
  • The Saturn Avenger Vs. the Terror Robot (1996, Short) as Doc
  • Shotgun Boulevard (1996) as Rinaldi
  • Rollergator (1996) as Swamp Farmer
  • Blood Slaves of the Vampire Werewolf (1996, Director) as Monk
  • Snuff Films: An Exposé (1996, Short) as Himself
  • Guns of El Chupacabra (1997) as Deputy Reins
  • Dalziel and Pascoe: Deadheads (1997, TV Series) (uncredited)
  • The Ironbound Vampire (1997) as Ambrose
  • Ice Scream (1997) as Ricky
  • Alien Agenda: Under the Skin (1997) as Sal Pantangilo (segment "Unsavory Characters")
  • I Woke Up Early the Day I Died (1998) as Cruiser Cop #3
  • Hollywood Mortuary (1998) as Himself
  • Creaturealm: From the Dead (1998) as Himself (segment "Hollywood Mortuary")
  • Armageddon Boulevard (1999) as Godfather Rinaldi
  • The Atomic Space Bug (1999) as Mr. Donaldson
  • Silent Scream (1999) as Silent Screen Villain
  • The Beast of Retro City (1999)[6]
  • Ghost Taxi (1999)
  • Jan-Gel, the Beast from the East (1999, Director, Producer, Writer) as Himself
  • Transylvania Police; Monster Squad (2000)
  • The Vampire Hunters Club (2001, Video short) as Conrad
  • The Monster Man (2001) as Lord Gideon
  • El Cerebro de Hitler! (2001) as Babbling Drunkard
  • Max Hell Frog Warrior (2002) as Swamp Farmer
  • Raising Dead (2002) as Police Chief Arbogast
  • Pacino Is Missing (2002) as Blind Camera Operator
  • Bikini Planet (2002) as Vice-President
  • Attack of the Giant Gull (2002)
  • Zombiegeddon (2003) as Dean Martinson
  • Minds of Terror (2003) as Doctor
  • Jan-Gel 3: Hillbilly Monster (2003, Director, Executive Producer) as Dirty Harry
  • Corpses Are Forever (2004) as Mr. Fairbrass
  • Dr. Horror's Erotic House of Idiots (2004) as Conrad Andrews
  • Brain Robbers From Outer Space (2004) as Officer Jamey
  • Super Hero Central (2004) as Laslo Mauser
  • Bob's Night Out (2004) as Crazy Cop
  • Gypsy Vampire (2005, Director) as Cap
  • That's Independent! (2004, Documentary) as Himself
  • The Demon Monster from Outer Space (2005)
  • 2020 An American Nightmare (2005, Executive Producer) as Dad
  • 9mm Sunrise (2006) as Mr. Rinaldi
  • Purvos (2006) as Professor Jessup
  • Zeppo: Sinners from Beyond the Moon! (2007) as Dept of Defense chief Brooks
  • Vampira: The Movie (2007, Consultant)
  • Gypsy Vampire 2 - Gypsy Vampire's Revenge (2007, Director)
  • Blast Corrigan: Rocketship To Earth (2008)
  • Toilet Gator (2008)
  • Freaky Vampire (2008, Director)
  • A Taste of Desperation (2009) as The Landlord
  • It Came from Trafalgar (2009) as Wid Hawk
  • Shadows In The Woods (2009, Co-Director)
  • Space Vampires From The Planet Blood (2009)
  • Beside the Manor Selby (2010) as The Gardener
  • Zombie on the Loose (2010, Director)
  • The Girl (2011) as Elderly Gentleman
  • Invasion of the Reptoids (2011) as Elderly Gentleman
  • Terror of The Giant Tentacle (2013)
  • Psychotic State (2014) as Grandpa
  • Plan 9 (2015) as Jamie
  • Bite School (2015) as Conrad
  • Pitfire of Hell (2016) as UFO Spotter
  • Killer Waves (2016) as Marvin
  • Subconscious Reality (2016) as The Seer
  • Don't Let the Devil in (2016) as Mr. Taylor
  • Toilet Gator (2017) as Walter Vonleer
  • Abaddon (2018) as Hippie
  • Midnight Massacre (2018) as Grandfather Anthony
  • Ghost of El Chupacabra (2019)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Profile, RottenTomatoes.com; accessed December 6, 2017.
  2. ^ Conrad Brooks at SciFi.com Archived 2007-09-11 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Darkest Hour music video on YouTube
  4. ^ Kaltenbach, Chris (December 7, 2017). "Baltimore-born actor Conrad Brooks dies at 86". The Baltimore Sun.
  5. ^ Barnes, Mike (December 11, 2017). "Conrad Brooks, Actor in 'Plan 9 From Outer Space' and Other Ed Wood Films, Dies at 86". The Hollywood Reporter. ISSN 0018-3660.
  6. ^ Brooks played the role of "Commissioner Spilane" in The Beast of Retro City

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