Robert Conrad

Network >> NBC

Hometown >> Chicago

Height >> 5-8

Weight >> 170

Series >> He played tough guys: real-life World War II pilot Pappy Boyington on Baa Baa Black Sheep (1976-78), an 18th century fur trader on Centennial (1978-79), a boxer turned private detective on The Duke (1979) and a freelance spy on A Man Called Sloane (1979).

Scouting report >> Played football and basketball in high school. He was 4-0-1 as a professional boxer in the 1960s.

Battles >> six  As captain >> five

Signature event >> Tug of War. Conrad’s teams never lost a tug of war in four tries. “It comes down to a question of courage,” he said in 1983.

Greatest Battle >> Battle II, May 1977. He led NBC to wins in the kayak relay and tug of war and sank Hal Linden in the baseball dunk.

Epilogue >> Conrad starred in nearly 20 made-for-TV movies, including Coach of the Year (1980) and Will: The Autobiography of G. Gordon Liddy (1982), and two more series. In 2003, he pleaded no contest to felony DUI charges after a head-on collision. The accident left him partially paralyzed.

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