PROFILE
Name:
David Conrad
Birth Date:
August 17, 1967
Birth Place:
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Nationality:
American
BIOGRAPHY
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Ghost Whisperer

Background:

American actor David Conrad first came to the attention of television audiences when he starred as the twenty-something Jewish house painter and aspiring architect, Leo, on the ABC critically-acclaimed series “Relativity” (1996-1997). Following a string of TV assignments, including playing recurring roles on the hit shows “Roswell” (2000) and “Boston Public” (2003), as well as starring opposite Alicia Silverstone on the short-lived series “Miss Match” (2003), the 6-foot-1-inch actor gained even more recognition and popularity thanks to his portrayal of the paramedic husband Jim Clancy, on the hit TV series “The Ghost Whisperer” (CBS, 2005-2010), opposite Jennifer Love Hewitt. Conrad has appeared in several films, including “Return to Paradise” (1998), “The Weekend” (1999, jointly netted a Seattle International Film Festival Award),  “Men of Honor” (2000), “Wedding Crashers” (2005), “Follow the Prophet” (2009) and “About Sunny” (2011). He made his Broadway debut in “The Deep Blue Sea” (1998).    

“I just want to marry a girl from my hometown and have kids.” David Conrad

Outside the limelight, one of TV Guide’s “Sexiest Men” (2006), Conrad was once romantically involved with Sandy Stanton.


Juilliard

Childhood and Family:

The youngest of three sons, David Conrad was born on August 17, 1967, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to parents Jim Conrad, an engineer, and Margaret Conrad, a librarian. He attended Woodland Hills High School but transferred on a scholarship to The Kiski School, an all-boys preparatory school in Saltsburg, Pennsylvania, in his sophomore year. He went on to study history at Brown University in Providence, RI, and started acting while he was there. In 1990, he left Brown and began taking odd jobs to support himself like as a carpenter, a barista and a housepainter. David then attended the prestigious Juilliard School in New York, but left in 1995 before  completing his final year to pursue film career.            
 

The Weekend

Career:

While a student at Juilliard, David Conrad appeared in a stage production of John Irving’s novel “The Cider House Rules,” which was penned by Peter Parnell and co-directed by actor Tom Hulce. His film career got start when he landed the role of Simon on the Peter Reed directed drama “Under Heat” (1994). In 1995, he left Juilliard in order to take the supporting role of Peter Gutenberg in the fantasy/horror movie “Snow White in the Black Forest,” starring Sigourney Weaver. It was later shown on Showtime in 1997 under the title “Snow White: A Tale of Terror”.     

After failing attempts in the TV pilot “Partners” (Fox, 1995-1996) and “Public Morals” (CBS, 1996), Conrad eventually debuted as a regular player on the  ABC twenty-something series “Relativity,” where he starred as Leo Roth, opposite Kimberly Williams-Paisley as Isabel Lukens. Produced by Ed Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz, the series premiered on September 24, 1996 and was canceled on April 14, 1997 after 17 episodes aired due to low ratings. Also in 1996, Conrad appeared on stage in a Pittsburgh production of Tom Stoppard's “Arcadia”.

In 1998, Conrad gave a memorable turn opposite Vince Vaughn, Anne Heche and Joaquin Phoenix in “Return to Paradise”, a tragic feature film helmed by Joseph Ruben, and made his Broadway debut as Blythe Danner’s much younger lover on a revival of Terrence Rattigan’s “The Deep Blue Sea.” He continued to appear on off-Broadway productions such as “Richard II”, Tom Stoppard’s “Indian Ink” and “Troilus and Cressida”.

Conrad joined the cast of the ensemble drama “The Weekend” (1999) that included Gena Rowlands, Deborah Kara Unger, Brooke Shields and Jared Harris. Playing Lyle, the actor shared a Seattle International Film Festival in the category of Best Ensemble Cast Performance. He portrayed Nathan Blair on the hit television film “A Season For Miracles” (also 1999), which he starred opposite Carla Gugino and Kathy Baker,  and teamed up with Robert De Niro and Cuba Gooding Jr. for the biographical naval drama “Men of Honor” (2000), where he played a somewhat villainous role as a naval lieutenant named Hanks. Still in 2000, he returned to television series to play the recurring role of an FBI agent named Daniel Pierce in The WB's “Roswell”.  

In 2003, Conrad took on the recurring role of Dave Fields in the Fox dramatic series “Boston Public”, had a small role on  the Woody Allen comedy film “Anything Else” and was cast as Detective Ed Exley in the network adaptation of “L.A. Confidential”, opposite Kiefer Sutherland. Although the pilot was not picked up to series, the actor was immediately cast as Michael Mendelson, a guy who tries to win the heart of professional matchmaker Kate Fox (played by Alicia Silverstone), on the NBC comedy series “Miss Match” (2003). The show, however, was axed after airing only 11 episodes.   

After a starring role in the TV short “Beck and Call” (2004), Conrad experienced a blockbuster triumph with the release of the Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn hit comedy “Wedding Crashers” (2005), but he did not enjoy a true fame until he was cast as Jennifer Love Hewitt’s paramedic husband, Jim Clancy, on the popular supernatural CBS series “The Ghost Whisperer”. He remained with the show from its debut on September 23, 2005 until it ended on May 21, 2010. In the meantime, Conrad also appeared in an episode of “House M.D.” (2005), in the drama film “Dumpster” (2005) and the made for TV film “The Time Tunnel” (2006). He appeared with Waylon Payne and Ali Larter in the independent film “Crazy” (2008) and with Robert Chimento, Diane Venora and Annie Burgstede in the drama/thriller movie “Follow the Prophet” (2009). In 2010, he made a guest appearance in “CSI: Miami”.

Following the departure of “The Ghost Whisperer” from the airwaves, Conrad appeared in the drama film “ About Sunny” (2011), which was written and directed by Bryan Wizemann, and became a narrator in the documentary “Undaunted: The Forgotten Giants of the Allegheny Observatory” (2012). He also made guest appearances in the television series “The Good Wife” (2011) and “The Firm” (2012, as Ben Wilson) and played the role of Jerry in the TV film “Beautiful People” (2012), starring Frances Conroy, Megalyn Echikunwoke and Emily Alyn Lind.   
    

Awards:

Seattle International Film Festival: New American Cinema, Citation of Excellence for Ensemble Cast Performance, “The Weekend”, 2000  Show Less
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