Hans Georg Conried Jr.
April 15, 1917
|Died||January 5, 1982 (aged 64)|
|Alma mater||Columbia University|
Hans Georg Conried Jr. (April 15, 1917 – January 5, 1982) was an American actor and comedian. He was known for providing the voices of George Darling and Captain Hook in Walt Disney's Peter Pan (1953), Snidely Whiplash in Jay Ward's Dudley Do-Right cartoons, Professor Waldo P. Wigglesworth in Ward's Hoppity Hooper cartoons, was host of Ward's "Fractured Flickers" and Professor Kropotkin on the radio and film versions of My Friend Irma. He also appeared as Uncle Tonoose on Danny Thomas' sitcom Make Room for Daddy, and twice on I Love Lucy.
Conried was born on April 15, 1917, in Baltimore, Maryland to parents Edith Beryl (née Gildersleeve) and Hans Georg Conried Sr. 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 turning to movies in 1939. During World War II, he enlisted in the United States Army in September 1944.
Conried trained at Fort Knox as a tank crewman until the army decided he was too tall. He became a heavy mortar crewman then was sent to the Philippines as an engineer laborer until fellow actor Jack Kruschen obtained his release for service with the Armed Forces Radio Network.
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Radio career and other voice work
One of Conried's early radio appearances came in 1937, when he appeared in a supporting role in a broadcast of The Taming of the Shrew on KECA in Los Angeles, California. Four years later, a newspaper reported about his role on Hedda Hopper's Hollywood: "But at the mike, he's equally convincing as old men, drunks, dialeticians, or Shakesperean tragedians. Miss Hopper favors him for her dramatizations when the script will allow him, as she puts it, 'to have his head.'"
Conried appeared regularly on radio during the 1940s and 1950s. He was in the regular cast of Orson Welles' Ceiling Unlimited, for which he wrote the December 14, 1942, episode, "War Workers". On The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show, he played a psychiatrist whom George regularly consults for help in dealing with the ditzy Gracie. Conried was also a regular on the CBS Radio program, Life with Luigi, portraying Schultz, a German classmate.
Even as a younger man, Conried appeared much older than his actual age and he was frequently cast as middle-aged or even elderly pompous scholarly types. His 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 as comic villains and mock-sinister or cranky types, such as Mr. Darling and Captain Hook in Walt Disney's Peter Pan (following the tradition of having both characters portrayed by the same actor), 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 Robot Devil. He was a live action model reference for King Stefan in Sleeping Beauty and, though he was replaced by Taylor Holmes for the voice role of Stefan, he recorded a few dialogues.
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 segments, a creation of Jay Ward and Bill Scott, as well as Wally Walrus on The Woody Woodpecker Show, Professor Waldo P. Wigglesworth on Hoppity Hooper, and Dr. Dred on Drak Pack.
From 1955 to 1964, Conried made 19 guest appearances as Danny Thomas' Uncle Tonoose in Make Room for Daddy on ABC and then CBS, and four appearances as other characters.
He 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 hosted several episodes of Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color as the Magic Mirror from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. He was a regular guest on Jack Paar's Tonight Show from 1959 to 1962. Besides hosting Jay Ward's Fractured Flickers, Conried was a regular panelist on the 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.
His many guest appearances included I Love Lucy, Davy Crockett with Fess Parker, The Californians, Meet McGraw, Hey, Jeannie!, The Ray Milland Show, The DuPont Show with June Allyson, The Real McCoys with Walter Brennan, The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, Mister Ed, The Islanders, Ben Casey, Dr. Kildare, Lost in Space with Guy Williams, Daniel Boone with Fess Parker, The Beverly Hillbillies with Buddy Ebsen, The Lucy Show, Gilligan's Island with Alan Hale Jr., The Monkees, Have Gun – Will Travel with Richard Boone, Love, American Style, Here's Lucy, Kolchak, Alice, Laverne & Shirley, The Love Boat, Hogan's Heroes, Match Game, Maverick with James Garner, The Donna Reed Show, What's It For, Fantasy Island and Quark.
Live action film and stage appearances
Conried made his Broadway debut in the Cole Porter musical Can-Can, where he played a struggling artist and sang two musical numbers. In 1971, he appeared in 70, Girls, 70 and two years later was a replacement performer in the revival of Irene starring Debbie Reynolds.
His first film was the independent science fiction comedy The Twonky in 1953. Two years later, Conried appeared as a riverboat gambler in Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier. His other live action films include The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T and The Shaggy D.A..
Conried married Margaret Grant on January 29, 1942; they had four children.
Conried had a long history of heart problems and suffered a stroke in 1974 and a mild heart attack in 1979. He remained active until his death on January 5, 1982, one day after suffering a major heart attack. His body was donated to medical science.
- Dramatic School (1938) as Ramy
- Never Say Die (1939) as Bit Part (uncredited)
- It's a Wonderful World (1939) as Delmonico, Stage Manager
- On Borrowed Time (1939) as Man in Convertible (uncredited)
- Dulcy (1940) as Vincent Leach
- The Great Dictator (1940) as Undetermined Role (uncredited)
- Bitter Sweet (1940) as Rudolph – Man at Mama Luden's (uncredited)
- Maisie Was a Lady (1941) as Georgie Porgie – House Guest (uncredited)
- They Met in Argentina (1941) as Guitar Player in Cantina (uncredited)
- Underground (1941) as Herman – Underground Member (uncredited)
- Unexpected Uncle (1941) as Clayton – Manager at Brocks (uncredited)
- Weekend for Three (1941) as Desk Clerk
- More About Nostradamus (1941) (uncredited)
- The Gay Falcon (1941) as Herman (uncredited)
- A Date with the Falcon as Desk Clerk (uncredited)
- Joan of Paris (1942) as Second Gestapo Agent (uncredited)
- Blondie's Blessed Event (1942) as George Wickley
- Saboteur (1942) as Edward (uncredited)
- The Wife Takes a Flyer (1942) as Hendrik Woverman
- Pacific Rendezvous (1942) as Park Hotel Desk Clerk (uncredited)
- The Falcon Takes Over (1942) as Quincey W. Marriot (uncredited)
- The Big Street (1942) as Louie – Headwaiter (uncredited)
- The Greatest Gift (1942, short subject) as Father Fabian (uncredited)
- Once Upon a Honeymoon (1942) as Vienna Tailor's Fitter (uncredited)
- Nightmare (1942) as Hans – Nazi Agent
- Underground Agent (1942) as Hugo
- Hitler's Children (1943) as Dr. Graf
- Journey into Fear (1943) as Swami Magician
- Hostages (1943) as Lt. Glasenapp
- A Lady Takes a Chance (1943) as Gregg Stone
- Crazy House (1943) as Roco
- His Butler's Sister (1943) as Reeves
- Passage to Marseille (1944) as Jourdain (uncredited)
- Mrs. Parkington (1944) as Mr. Ernst
- Sliphorn King of Polaroo (1945, short subject) as Narrator (voice)
- Woody Dines Out (1945, short subject) as Taxidermist (voice, uncredited)
- The Reckless Driver (1946, short subject) as Wally Walrus (one line) (voice, uncredited)
- The Senator Was Indiscreet (1947) as Waiter
- Variety Time (1948) as Rudy La Paix
- Design for Death (1948) as Narrator (Japanese)
- The Barkleys of Broadway (1949) as Ladislaus Ladi
- My Friend Irma (1949) as Prof. Kropotkin
- Bride for Sale (1949) as Jewelry Salesman (uncredited)
- On the Town (1949) as François – Head Waiter (uncredited)
- One Hour in Wonderland (1950) as Slave in the Magic Mirror
- Nancy Goes to Rio (1950) as Alfredo
- Summer Stock (1950) as Harrison I. Keath
- New Mexico (1951) as Abraham Lincoln
- Rich, Young and Pretty (1951) as Jean – Maitre D'
- Behave Yourself! (1951) as Norbert 'Gillie the Blade' Gillespie
- Texas Carnival (1951) as Hotel Clerk
- Too Young to Kiss (1951) as Mr. Sparrow
- I'll See You in My Dreams (1951) as William Rossiter (uncredited)
- The Light Touch (1951) as Leopold (uncredited)
- The World in His Arms (1952) as Eustace – Hotel Clerk
- 3 for Bedroom C (1952) as Jack Bleck – Press Agent
- Big Jim McLain (1952) as Robert Henried
- I Love Lucy (1952) as English Professor Mr. Livermore and as junk dealer
- Peter Pan (1953) as Captain Hook/Mr. George Darling (voice)
- Johann Mouse (1953, short subject) as Narrator (voice)
- The Emperor's New Clothes (1953, short subject) as Various (voice)
- Siren of Bagdad (1953) as Ben Ali
- The Twonky (1953) as Kerry West
- The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T (1953) as Dr. Terwilliker
- The Affairs of Dobie Gillis (1953) as Professor Amos Pomfritt
- Ben and Me (1953, short subject) as Thomas Jefferson / Crook (voice)
- Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier (1955) as Thimblerig
- The Miracle on 34th Street (1955) as Mr. Shellhammer [TV adaptation]
- You're Never Too Young (1955) as François (uncredited)
- The Birds and the Bees (1956) as Duc Jacques de Montaigne
- Bus Stop (1956) as Life Magazine Photographer
- Carnival in Munich (1956, short subject) as Narrator
- The Story of Anyburg U.S.A. (1957, short subject) as Prosecutor (voice, uncredited)
- The Woody Woodpecker Show (1957) as Wally Walrus
- The Monster That Challenged the World (1957) as Dr. Jess Rogers
- Jet Pilot (1957) as Colonel Matoff (originally filmed in 1949)
- The Big Beat (1958) as Vladimir Skilsky
- Maverick (1958) (episode – Black Fire) as Homer Eakins
- Rock-A-Bye Baby (1958) as Mr. Wright
- Sleeping Beauty (1959) (As live action model for animators to use as a guide) as King Stefan/Lord Duke (voice, uncredited)
- Juke Box Rhythm (1959) as Balenko
- The Real McCoys (1959) (episode – The Actor) as Sterling Ames
- The Alphabet Conspiracy (1959, short subject) as Mad Hatter
- 1001 Arabian Nights (1959) as The Wicked Wazir (voice)
- The Real McCoys (1959) (episode – The Actor) as Mr. Ames
- The Magic Fountain (1961) as Otto the Owl (voice)
- The Bullwinkle Show (1961) as Snidely Whiplash (voice)
- Mister Ed (1962) (episode – Ed and Paul Revere) as Igor
- Fractured Flickers (1963–1964, 26 episodes) as Host
- My Six Loves (1963) as Kinsley Kross
- Robin and the 7 Hoods (1964) as Mr. Ricks – Architect (uncredited)
- The Patsy (1964) as Prof. Mulerr
- Gilligan's Island (1964–1965, 2 episodes) as Wrongway Feldman
- Hoppity Hooper (1961–1966, 104 episodes) as Professor Waldo Wigglesworth (voice)
- Hogan's Heroes (1966, episode #15) as Major Bonacelli
- Lost in Space (1967, 1 episode) as Sagramonte
- The Cricket on the Hearth (1967) as Tackleton (voice)
- Wake Me When the War Is Over (1969, TV) as Professor Herman Erhardt
- The Phantom Tollbooth (1970) as King Azaz/The MathemaGician (voice)
- Horton Hears a Who! (1970) as Narrator/Horton/Dr. H. Hoovey (voice)
- O'Hara, U.S. Treasury (1972) (episode – Operation: Dorias) as Count Anton Brelius
- Dr. Seuss on the Loose (1973) as Narrator/North-going Zax/South-going Zax (voice)
- The Brothers O'Toole (1973) as Polonius Vandergelt
- "Amazing Grace" (1974) as Gov. Andy Wallace
- Kolchak: The Night Stalker (1975) (episode – The Knightly Murders) as Mendel Boggs
- The Shaggy D.A. (1976) as Professor Whatley
- The Magic Pony (1977) as Spalnik (voice)
- The Hobbit (1977) as Thorin Oakenshield (voice)
- Halloween Is Grinch Night (1977) as The Grinch/Narrator (voice)
- Quark (1977) as The Source (voice)
- The Cat from Outer Space (1978) as Dr. Heffel
- Every Girl Should Have One (1978) as Various (voices)
- Alice (1979, 2 episodes) as Randolph Briggs
- Oh, God! Book II (1980) as Dr. Barnes
- Drak Pack (1980, 16 episodes) as Dr. Dread (voice)
- Scruffy (1980) as Joe Tibbles/Solo the Scottish Terrier (voice)
- Faeries (1981) as Faerie King/Shadow (voice)
- The Trolls and the Christmas Express (1981) as Troglo (voice)
- Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends (1981) as Chameleon (voice)
- Miss Switch to the Rescue (1982) as Mordo, the Warlock (voice) (final appearance)
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- "The Twonky (1953)". Archived from the original on 7 March 2016.
Conried was interviewed in 1970 and said that he told Oboler during production of The Twonky that he was worried that the film was not working and that it would bomb at the box office. According to Conried, the producer replied, "That's all right. I need a tax write-off this year anyway" - no doubt to offset the enormous profits reaped from Bwana Devil.
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