|Date of Birth
||17 August 1967
|Place of Birth
||Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
While a student at Juilliard, Pittsburgh-born and raised David Conrad was cast in a stage production of John Irving’s novel “The Cider House Rules,” penned by Peter Parnell and co-directed by actor Tom Hulce. His film career took place when the accomplished stage actor starred as Simon in a drama film by Peter Reed, Under Heat (1996). He then tried out for the TV pilot “Partners” (Fox, 1995-1996) and “Public Morals” (CBS, 1996), but lost out on both.
Conrad eventually debuted as regular on the ABC twenty-something series “Relativity” (1996-1997), produced by Ed Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz. Although the role granted a key prospect to progress his television career, the young actor was already assigned to a Pittsburgh production of the Tom Stoppard play “Arcadia.” As a result, production on the show was later scheduled to accommodate Conrad’s work on the play. Playing Leo Roth, a Jewish house painter and hopeful architect who wins over the skittish Isabel (Kimberly Williams), Conrad discovered his leading man alcove with his first starring role on the dramatic series. Although Conrad and Williams’ chemistry boosted the show to critical reviews, “Relativity” was cancelled after only a season because of low ratings.
After the show departed the airwaves, Conrad found himself acting opposite Sigourney Weaver and Sam Neill on the Showtime film Snow White: A Tale of Terror (1997), a contemporary retelling of the classic fairy tale, and gave a memorable costarring turn along side Vince Vaughn, Anne Heche and Joaquin Phoenix in Return to Paradise (1998), a tragic feature film helmed by Joseph Ruben. Still in 1998, he also resumed his stage career by playing Blythe Danner’s much younger lover on a Broadway revival of Terrence Rattigan’s “The Deep Blue Sea.” He continued to appear on off-Broadway productions of “Richard II,” Tom Stoppard’s “Indian Ink” and “Troilus and Cressida.”
Back to filmmaking in 1999, Conrad joined the cast of the ensemble drama The Weekend, along side Gena Rowlands, Deborah Kara Unger, Brooke Shields and Jared Harris. The Brian Skeet-directed brought him a Seattle International Film Festival for Best Ensemble Cast Performance. In addition, he also portrayed Nathan Blair on the hit television film A Season For Miracles. A year later, Conrad teamed up with Robert De Niro and Cuba Gooding Jr. for the biographical naval drama Men of Honor, where he was cast in a slightly villainous role as a naval lieutenant named Hanks. 2000 also saw Conrad return to series TV with a recurring role on the popular WB series “Roswell,” playing Deputy Fisher/Agent Daniel.
Conrad starred as Dough Phillips in The Time Tunnel (2002), an interesting and superior updating of 1966’s Irwin Allen series of the same name, and played Dave Fields on seven episodes of the Fox critically-acclaimed dramatic series “Boston Public,” the following year. Next, he was featured on the uninspiring Woody Allen comedy Anything Else (2003) and costarred with Kiefer Sutherland on the TV adaptation of L.A. Confidential (2003). Though the pilot was not picked up to series, Conrad was immediately cast as Michael Mendelson, a guy who tries to win the heart of professional matchmaker Kate Fox (Alicia Silverstone), on the NBC comedy series “Miss Match” (2003). Unfortunately, the show was axed after airing only 11 episodes.
Following a starring role in the made-for-TV film Beck and Call (2004), Conrad experienced a blockbuster triumph with the release of the Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn hit comedy Wedding Crashers (2005), as well as starred as Francis Kramer in the drama film Dumpster (2005) and played supporting role Ryan Bradford on the biopic Crazy (2006), inspired by the life of Hank Garland, a legendary guitarist who emerged from Nashville in the 1950’s.