April 17: Happy Birthday, Hans Conried

April 17: Happy Birthday, Hans Conried
Perhaps best known for his voice-over role as Captain Hook in the 1953 version of Disney's Peter Pan, Hans Conried was also a show-hopping radio actor.

He was a consummate comedian whose niche was zany doctors and other professionals. Conried's regular gigs were on My Friend Irma, The Burns and Allen Show, and the dramatic programs Suspense and Mercury Theatre on the Air. He made occasional or one-time appearances on Martin and Lewis, Lux Radio Theatre, and Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy.

A very fun fact about Conried is that his villainous growl caused him to inspire the character "Robot Devil" on the TV show Futurama.

Conried fans will also enjoy this anecdotal story with famed director and author Arch Oboler.