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Conrad Brooks, one of Ed Wood’s go-to camp actors, dies at 86

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Sep 3, 2019, 8:28 AM EDT (Updated)

Conrad Brooks, one of the reliable, standby actors who helped Ed Wood commit to film a cultishly revered body of infamously campy work, died last week.

Born in Baltimore, the 86 year-old Brooks passed away in Martinsburg, West Virginia, on Dec. 6, according to The Baltimore Sun.

Brooks leaves behind a six-film legacy of collaboration with Wood, a director whom irony-attuned modern movie buffs love to deride — usually in good humor — as one of the worst directors in the history of cinema.

Brooks’ most notable role was as Patrolman Jamie — a police officer — in Ed Wood’s 1959 so-bad-it’s-good anti-masterpiece, Plan 9 from Outer Space.

Of his six collaborations with Wood, Plan 9 was Brooks’ fifth, having begun his lengthy on-screen partnership with Wood in the 1953 drama Glen or Glenda — alongside Bela Lugosi. Brooks went on to act in five other Ed Wood films: Jail Bait (1954), Bride of the Monster (1955), Night of the Ghouls (1959), Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959), and The Sinister Urge (1960).

Not only did Brooks become a valued member of Wood’s stable of game and reliable actors, he continued landing campy parts in TV and film for decades — all the way, in fact, until the time of his death.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Brooks was writing a memoir — I Was a Cop in Ed Wood’s Plan 9 — at the time of his death. Co-author Alan Doshna told THR that the book will still be released next year.

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