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Hans Conried

Hans Conried
Born Hans Georg Conried, Jr.
(1917-04-15)April 15, 1917
Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
Died January 5, 1982(1982-01-05) (aged 64)
Burbank, California, U.S.
Cause of death Cardiovascular disease
Resting place Body donated to medical science[1]
Alma mater Columbia University
Occupation Actor, voice actor, stage actor, radio actor
Years active 1938-1982
Spouse(s) Margaret Grant (1942-1982; his death)
Children Trilby (b. 1951), Hans 3d, Alexander and Edith[2]

Hans Georg Conried, Jr. (April 15, 1917 – January 5, 1982), was an American character actor, very active in voice-over roles and known for providing the voices of My Friend Irma and for his work as Uncle Tonoose on Danny Thomas's sitcom Make Room for Daddy.


  • Biography 1
    • Early years 1.1
    • Radio career and other voice work 1.2
    • TV appearances 1.3
    • Death 1.4
    • Filmography 1.5
  • References 2
  • External links 3


Early years

He was born on April 15, 1917 in psychiatrist whom George regularly consulted for help in dealing with the ditsy Gracie.

Conried made his Broadway debut in Can-Can[9] and was credited in six films (among them The Twonky and The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T), all in 1953. Other Broadway productions include 70, Girls, 70 and Irene. He can be clearly heard on the Original Cast Albums (and CDs) of Cole Porter's "Can-Can" and Kander & Ebb's "70, Girls, 70" where, among other songs, Conried performs a sensational fast-paced patter song called "The Caper."

Conried's inimitable growl and impeccable diction were well suited to the roles he played, whether portraying the dim Professor Kropotkin in the radio show My Friend Irma or portraying comic villains and mock-sinister or cranky types, such as Walt Disney's Mr. Darling, and Captain Hook in Peter Pan (1953), and The Grinch/Narrator from Dr. Seuss' Halloween is Grinch Night. According to the DVD commentary of Futurama, he was the inspiration for the voice created for that series' "Robot Devil".

Conried was a cast member of other Dr. Seuss specials, and The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show, voicing the character of Snidely Whiplash in the Dudley Do-Right shorts, and hosted Fractured Flickers, another creation of Jay Ward and Bill Scott, as well as Wally Walrus on The Woody Woodpecker Show, Uncle Waldo P. Wigglesworth on Hoppity Hooper, and Dr. Dred on Drak Pack. He also performed as the "slave in the mirror" character, hosting several memorable episodes of Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color.

TV appearances

Conried as the grumpy Uncle Tonoose; a recurring role he played on Make Room for Daddy.

Besides hosting Fractured Flickers, Conried was a regular panelist on CBS's pantomime program, Stump the Stars and a semi-regular guest on the Ernie Kovacs-hosted game show Take a Good Look. He was a regular guest on Jack Paar's Tonight Show on NBC from 1959 to 1962. Conried joined the cast of The Tony Randall Show during the 1977-78 season.

Guest appearances included I Love Lucy (as the English tutor Percy Livermore and used furniture merchant Dan Jenkins), a riverboat gambler nicknamed "Thimbelrig" by Davy Crockett who dies with him at the Alamo Davy Crockett, The Californians, Meet McGraw, Hey, Jeannie!, The Ray Milland Show, The DuPont Show with June Allyson, The Real McCoys, The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, Mister Ed, The Islanders, Ben Casey, Dr. Kildare, Lost in Space, Daniel Boone, The Beverly Hillbillies, The Lucy Show, Gilligan's Island, The Monkees, Have Gun – Will Travel, Love, American Style, Here's Lucy, Kolchak, Alice, Laverne & Shirley, The Love Boat, Hogan's Heroes, Match Game, Maverick, What's It For, Fantasy Island, and Quark.[10]

From 1955-64, Conried made twenty-one guest appearances as Danny Thomas' Lebanese "Uncle Tonoose" in Make Room for Daddy on ABC and then CBS. He was featured in the 1958 episode "What Makes Opera Grand?" on the anthology series Omnibus. The episode, an analysis by Leonard Bernstein showing the powerful effect of music in opera, featured Conried as Marcello in a spoken dramatization of Act III of Puccini's La Bohème. The program demonstrated the effect of the music in La Bohème by having actors speak portions of the libretto in English, followed by opera singers singing the same lines in the original Italian.


Conried was active until his sudden death of a heart attack on January 5, 1982. He was married to Margaret Grant from January 29, 1942 until his death three weeks short of their 40th wedding anniversary. The couple had four children.[11]



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  3. ^ Suzanne Gargiulo, Hans Conried: A Biography
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  5. ^ National Archives and Records Administration. U.S. World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2005.
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  8. ^ Welles, Orson, and Peter Bogdanovich, edited by Jonathan Rosenbaum, This is Orson Welles. New York: HarperCollins Publishers 1992 ISBN 0-06-016616-9 page 375
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  10. ^ Hans Conried at the Internet Movie Database
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External links

Conried appeared regularly on radio during the 1940s and 1950s. He was in the regular cast of Orson Welles's

One of Conreid's early radio appearances came in 1937, when he appeared in a supporting role in a broadcast of "The Taming of the Shrew" on KECA in Los Angeles, California.[6] Four years later, a newspaper reported about his role on Hedda Hopper's Hollywood: "But at the mike he's equally convincing as old men, drunks, dialeticians, or Shakesperean tragedians. Miss Hopper favors him for her dramatizations when the script will allow him, as she puts it, 'to have his head.'"[7]

Radio career and other voice work

He studied acting at Columbia University and went on to play major classical roles onstage. Conried worked in radio before working in movies in 1939. During World War II, he enlisted in the United States Army in September 1944.[5]

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