Sunday, April 18, 2010

RIP Sid Conrad

Sid Levington Conrad died at his home in Williamsburg, Va., on Friday, April 16, 2010.

He was born to Maude Turner and Hugh Conrad on Aug. 10, 1923, and grew up in Otsego, Mich. Sid always smilingly noted that he spent his life surrounded by wonderful women: his mother, four sisters, three nieces, his wife, two daughters, and three granddaughters.

Sid served in the U.S. Infantry in World War II, going from the Bulge to the Elbe. Using the GI Bill he earned a Bachelors in History and a Masters in Journalism from Columbia University. He later earned a Masters in Arts Administration from UCLA.
Sid had a successful career as an actor, being one of a small number who make their living as actors. He appeared regularly on TV in such shows as West Wing, ER, Chicago Hope, JAG, Moonlighting, The Young & The Restless, The Days of Our Lives, and myriad commercials. His biggest work was on stages from New York to Los Angeles, from Alaska to Florida, and included two one-man shows, Will Rogers USA and Spencer Tracy.

Family, friends, and colleagues knew Sid as a delightful wit and raconteur, and a man of extraordinary generosity of spirit, time, knowledge, and purse.
Sid was preceded in death by his mother, his father, his sisters, Virginia Nees, Vyvyan Clawson and Carma Conrad.

He is survived by his sister, Hilda Knuth; his wife, Sheila (Shelly) Conrad; his daughters, Kim of Broomfield, Colo., and Maia of Williamsburg, Va.; his son-in-law, John Burton; his granddaughters, Jordan, Felisa and Rachel Conrad-Burton; nieces, Kathy Evans, Judy Buelke-Sam and JoAnn Winkel; and many extended family members as well as dear friends in New York, Los Angeles and Williamsburg.

A funeral service will be held 1 p.m. Sunday, April 18, 2010, at Bucktrout of
Williamsburg Funeral Home, 4124 Ironbound Rd. Interment will be at Williamsburg Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The Actors' Fund, 729 7th Avenue, New York, NY 10019; Temple Beth El of Williamsburg, 600 Jamestown Rd., Williamsburg, VA 23185; or Sentara Hospice of Williamsburg.


CONRAD, Sid Levington
Born: 8/10/1923, Otsego, Michigan, U.S.A.
Died: 4/16/2010, Williamsburg, Virginia, U.S.A.

Sid Conrad's westerns - actor:
The Last Ride of the Dalton Gang (TV) - 1979 (poker player)
Little House on the Prairie (TV) - 1980 (doctor)
Father Murphy (TV) - 1982 (Mr. Barnsley)

1 comment:

  1. I am the author of TRACY, the one-person play in which Sid Conrad played Spencer Tracy.

    Sid was a fine actor, and it was an honor to have him originate the role in my play. Five minutes into his performance, audiences forgot that they were watching an actor and believed that they were, indeed, in the presence of Spencer Tracy.

    Michael B. Druxman

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