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    RIP Robert Conrad and Orson Bean

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    They usually come in threes.

    Kirk Douglas, Orson Bean, and Robert Conrad

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    RIP. Off the top of my head, Orson Bean was better known as a game show regular.
    Didn't realize he had an acting career of sorts ( a long one at that ).
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    RIP. I loved The Wild Wild West.

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    I remember Conrad mostly for Wild Wild West and Bean for game/panel shows. Rest in peace.
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    Orson Bean voiced Bilbo Baggins in a cartoon version of The Hobbit, iirc. That should be worth some prog cred.

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    I remember Conrad from his battery commercials and Bean from the Match Game. RIP
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    Orson Bean was in a twilight zone episode called "Mr Bevis".

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    My favorite of Mr. Conrad's shows was Black Sheep Squadron. In the mid 80s, I was stationed just south of Fresno at a Naval Air Station. When the real life "Pappy" Boyington died, it received wall to wall coverage on Fresno TV stations. During that time, Black Sheep Squadron was still in syndicated reruns.
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    Quote Originally Posted by progmatist View Post
    My favorite of Mr. Conrad's shows was Black Sheep Squadron. In the mid 80s, I was stationed just south of Fresno at a Naval Air Station. When the real life "Pappy" Boyington died, it received wall to wall coverage on Fresno TV stations. During that time, Black Sheep Squadron was still in syndicated reruns.
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    What makes Orson Bean's death a bit sadder is that he was in relatively good health - he was killed when he was hit by a car while crossing the street. He was 91.

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    In looking at Robert Conrad's imdb, I had no idea he played the Chief in 1 of my all-time favorite movies, the underrated 80's Comedy "Moving Violations."


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    I am much more familiar with Conrad's work than Bean. The Wild Wild West was proto-steampunk, way before steampunk was a thing. I loved that show as a kid. The villains were so ridiculous and fantastic. Black Sheep was fun but as Pappy once pointed out, utter fiction. Conrad's hyper competitiveness on Battles of the Network T&A was legendary. Bean was indeed the voice of Bilbo in an animated version of the Hobbit. It's sad that his life ended the way it did.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 3LockBox View Post
    What makes Orson Bean's death a bit sadder is that he was in relatively good health - he was killed when he was hit by a car while crossing the street. He was 91.
    Obviously his reaction time was compromised.

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    Good Afternoon...

    One of my favorite films/series EVER. 'Centennial' and Conrad played a fine role as Pasquinel a French Canadian trapper. Film is based on a James Michener book of the same name. Centennial explores the East to West movement and settling/building of this USA.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rcarlberg View Post
    Obviously his reaction time was compromised.
    Certainly. When I heard he'd died I figured.it would have been by natural causes due to his age.

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    For the record, the name of Robert Conrad's mid 70's show was Baa Baa Black Sheep. After that, he did a show I don't remember at all called The Duke, which only ran for one season, then followed that with another short lived show, which I do remember, A Man Called Sloan. I also remember his Eveready TV commercials, where he'd put the battery on his shoulder and dare the viewer to knock it off. He was also the captain of the NBC team on the first few Battle Of The Network Stars shows (and on a later one, he was a commentator, where he said that Tug Of War was the most physically grueling thing he ever did on camera).

    I remember re-runs of Wild Wild West in the early and mid 80's, we watched it regularly in our house, though I think I was too young at the time to understand the whole "steampunk" aspect. There was also a reunion movie done around that time, had to have been like 79 or 80, as I recall that Ross Martin passed away in something like 80 or 81. I remember Martin's obituary running in Starlog.

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    I recall Orson from his star turn in Freebie And The Bean, although he was better known for an off-camera role on Mork & Mindy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerjo View Post
    I am much more familiar with Conrad's work than Bean. The Wild Wild West was proto-steampunk, way before steampunk was a thing. I loved that show as a kid.
    Good observation. It was a pretty cool show.

    Quote Originally Posted by rcarlberg View Post
    Obviously his reaction time was compromised.
    Uh, not necessarily. He was hit by one car, knocked to the ground and got hit by another, according to the reports I saw.

    Quote Originally Posted by moecurlythanu View Post
    I recall Orson from his star turn in Freebie And The Bean.
    That's a funny movie. James Caan and Alan Arkin.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GuitarGeek View Post
    For the record, the name of Robert Conrad's mid 70's show was Baa Baa Black Sheep.
    Right. It was retitled "Black Sheep Squadron" for syndicated reruns, for some reason.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave (in MA) View Post
    Right. It was retitled "Black Sheep Squadron" for syndicated reruns, for some reason.
    I never liked saying Baa Baa Blacksheep anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 3LockBox View Post
    I never liked saying Baa Baa Blacksheep anyway.
    I know, it makes you sound like some sort of whiffenpoof.

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    O Bean was in Dr Quinn Medicine Woman as a series regular. My daughter was totally into it. Quinn not Bean. Ewww!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 3LockBox View Post
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    I was a squid.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 3LockBox View Post
    I never liked saying Baa Baa Blacksheep anyway.
    Baa Baa Blacksheep reminds me of that M.A.S.H. episode:

    Igor: Yes
    Maj. Burns: Yes what?!?
    Igor: Yes sir
    Maj. Burns: Yes sir what?!?
    Igor: Yes sir.......yes sir.........three bags full?
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