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William Conrad September 27, — February 11, was an American World War II fighter pilot, actor, producer, and director whose career spanned five decades in radio, film, and television, peaking in popularity when he starred in the detective series Cannon — A radio writer and actor, he moved to Hollywood after his World War II service and played a series of character roles in films beginning with the film noir The Killers He created the role of Marshal Matt Dillon for the radio series Gunsmoke — and narrated the television adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle — and The Fugitive — Finding fewer onscreen roles in the s, he changed from actor to producer-director with television work, narration, and a series of Warner Bros. The family moved to Southern California when Conrad was in high school.