American actor David Conrad represents a rarity in contemporary Hollywood: a classically trained thespian who continues to stride theater and popular filmed entertainment with great aplomb -- and considerable success in each arena. Trained dramatically at the Ivy League Brown University and at Juilliard -- the mecca of American actors -- Conrad delivered a series of Broadway and off-Broadway performances, in such productions as Richard II, Indian Ink, Troilus and Cressida and The Deep Blue Sea. Though Conrad's film roles stretch back to his college years -- with a turn in Mike Jittlov's little-seen sci-fi comedy The Wizard of Speed and Time (1988) -- he generally remained off-camera until his early thirties. Small roles in the 2000 military drama Men of Honor (starring Cuba Gooding Jr. as the first black diver in the U.S.N.) and Woody Allen's 2003 romantic comedy Anything Else (starring Jason Biggs and Christina Ricci as romantic partners) represented Conrad's first major big-screen turns. Conrad also landed a couple of key recurring roles on series in the early 2000s. In the short-lived comedy drama Miss Match, he played Michael Mendelsohn, a handsome but as yet unrealized suitor to attorney Kate Fox (Alicia Silverstone). Conrad fared much better -- and received higher billing -- as Jim Clancy, the husband of medium Melinda Gordon (Jennifer Love Hewitt) in the series The Ghost Whisperer, a supernatural drama that quickly became a blockbuster. Conrad continued his work on The Ghost Whisperer until 2009, and remains active in film and television.
Biography by Nathan Southern
- Worked for the Steel Valley Historical Society.
- Made his Broadway debut in a 1998 revival of The Deep Blue Sea, starring opposite Blythe Danner and Edward Herrmann.
- Turned down auditions for Deep Impact and Boogie Nights because he wanted to concentrate on theater.
- In a 2005 Pittsburgh production of Henry IV, he tripped and broke a bone in his hand while making an entrance.
- Named one of TV's Sexiest Men by TV GUIDE in 2006.
- Produced a documentary in 2008 called Tamas: A Portrait, about an influential history teacher he had in high school.