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|Known for:||Jake and the Fatman, Cannon, Gunsmoke|
|Birth name:||William Cann|
|Birthday:||27 September 1920, Louisville, Kentucky, USA|
|Height:||5' 7½" 1.71 m|
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TriviaInducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 1997. There were several 11-1/2" tall falcon props made for use in The Maltese Falcon (1941). Some were cast of plastic resin, some of lead. Only two 45 lb. lead falcons and two 5 lb., 5.4 oz resin falcons are verified to be in existence today. One lead Falcon has been displayed for years at various venues. The second, which was marred at the end of the movie by Sydney Greenstreet, was a gift to William Conrad by studio chief Jack L. Warner. It was auctioned in December 1994, nine months after Conrad's death for $398,500 to Ronald Winston of Harry Winston, Inc. At that time, it was the highest price paid for a movie prop ever sold for. It was used to model a 10 lb. gold replica displayed at the 69th Academy Awards. The replica has Burmese ruby eyes, interchangeable claws (one set of gold, one set of coral) and holds a platinum chain in its beak with a 42.98 flawless diamond at the end. It's valued at over $8 million. The lead and resin falcons are valued in excess of $2 million - coincidentally the value placed on the "real" Maltese Falcon by Kasper Gutman, Greenstreet's character in the 1941 classic movie. Provides the voice-over for a 1970's television commercial for "Hai Karate", a men's cologne. Was the voice for Quake from the Quisp and Quake cereal commercials of the '60s.