Hugh Conrad

Cornelius Westbrook Van Voorhis (September 21, 1903 – July 13, 1968) was a narrator for television programs and movies. He is perhaps best known for his work on The March of Time radio and newsreel series, where he became known as the "Voice of Doom", as well as for the catchphrase, "Time...marches on!". He narrated each episode of the 1954–56 NBC series Justice. He also did narration for the 1957 television series PANIC!. He was originally scheduled to be the announcer for The Twilight Zone television show. Mr. Van Voorhis had also been a news broadcaster for the Mutual Broadcasting System, the Columbia Broadcasting System and New York radio station WOR

One of his last appearances was in a circa-1966 series of TV commercials for Quaker Life Cereal, where he moderated "the great Quaker Life it for adults or kids?". He ended each commercial with his stentorian voice proclaiming "Quaker Life. It must be for everybody!".

He died in his hometown, New Milford, Connecticut in 1968. His interment was at New Milford's Center Cemetery.

Birth and Death Data: Born September 21st, 1903 (New Milford), Died July 13th, 1968 (New Milford)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1933

Roles Represented in DAHR: speaker


Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor MS-77456 16-in. 8/11/1933 Preformed performance Hugh Conrad Slide show soundtrack : Talk, dubbed recordings speaker  


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"Conrad, Hugh." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 22 September 2021.

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