ROBERT CONRAD NEW FEARS
Friends of ROBERT CONRAD are asking fans to pray for the former action star, fearing he’s facing his final days.
The 84-year-old actor is now a mere shell of his former TV tough guy self. Spotted out at a Malibu pharmacy, the once strapping, athletic actor needed a cane to walk and struggled to climb into his SUV with his right arm hanging limply at his side.
“It was sad to see him like that,” says an eyewitness.
“He’s far from the dashing Hollywood icon I remember.
“He also doesn’t seem to be mentally all there. He had an odd gaze and just stared blankly in front of him.”
The former hunk, who played secret service agent James T. West in the hit series "The Wild Wild West" from 1965 to 1969, cheated death in a horrific, booze-fueled, head-on car crash in 2003.
But he was left with a head injury and partially paralyzed on his right side. After authorities determined his blood-alcohol level was .20 percent – nearly three times the legal limit – he pleaded no contest to two felony drunk driving counts. His sentence included six months of house arrest and $4,000 in fines. A pal says the crash broke him both physically and emotionally.
“Bob’s never recovered from his DUI car wreck,” says the friend. “He was lucky he even survived, but he’s struggled ever since.
“His tough guy image is exactly who he’s been throughout his life, and to be left permanently disabled was devastating to him. He often needs help walking – or has to use a cane. His right side is basically useless, and he leans heavily to that side, often looking like he’s going to keel over.
“It’s hard for him to cope with and at times it seems he’s ready to give up.
"His fans and friends need to pray for him. We fear his days are numbered.”