If you’re intimately familiar with the work of Ed Wood you’re probably also familiar with Conrad Brooks, a staple of Wood’s filmography. Brooks appeared in Glen or Glenda, Bride of the Monster and Plan 9 from Outer Space, and his work with Wood led to a B-movie career that made him a horror convention staple throughout the years.
We’re sad to report today, via friends on social media, that Brooks has passed away at 86. He was the last surviving member of Ed Wood’s acting stable.
Conrad Brooks appeared in nearly 100 genre films from 1953 straight through this year, including Puppet Master III, Zombiegeddon, Brain Robbers from Outer Space, and the 2015 remake of the Ed Wood film, Plan 9. Tim Burton featured Brooks as a bartender in the 1994 film Ed Wood, a tribute to Brooks’ relationship with Wood.
Brooks most recently appeared in this year’s Toilet Gator, and according to IMDb, he was currently filming roles in Darkness Waits and Abaddon.
A B-movie staple right up until the end. Thanks for the memories, Conrad.