Born: February 15, 1955, New Haven, Connecticut, United States.*
Author, screenwriter, and frontier physics researcher James A. Conrad began his professional writing career with the publication in 1988 of the softcover reference book The Model-Actor's Dictionary. Before the appearance of this first formal dictionary dedicated to the worlds of modeling, television commercials, and music videos (over 1,700 terms), researchers and aspirants in those fields had only very limited glossaries found in the backs of modeling and acting how-to books.
He next followed this up with the hardcover second edition of Filmmaker's Dictionary. It was published in 2000 and co-authored with Emmy Award-winning producer-director Ralph S. Singleton. At over 5,000 entries, it is the film industry's largest reference dictionary. He has also completed or has in development several screenplays, stories for film projects, and nonfiction book projects.
In between his writing work, he has done laboratory work in physics; specifically, in the investigation and research of proposed consciousness effects on matter, in which he designed and operated his own full-scale telekinesis laboratory, one the few in the world known to have ever existed, with photos available online. He was a member of Tampa Bay Skeptics for 15 years.
The website he manages, jamesaconrad.com, has had multiple visitors from 183 countries and territories.
* At Grace-New Haven Hospital (now Yale-New Haven Hospital), also the birthplace of singers Karen Carpenter and Richard Carpenter (1950, 1946), singer-songwriter Michael Bolton (1953), former U.S. President George W. Bush (1946), and members of the 1960s rock band "The Shags": Tom Violante, Carl Augusto, John "Aaron" Perkins, and Billy Hall. Know anyone else?
Based on both the methodology of Six Degrees of Separation (Wikipedia article) in which allegedly any two people can be connected by a chain of six people or less and the Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon, which technically involves only actors.
Here is how it works, an example: James A. Conrad is credited as a co-writer with Ralph S. Singleton on the film industry book Filmmaker's Dictionary (2000). Singleton is credited as an executive producer with composer James Horner on the film Another 48 Hours (1990). Horner, again as a composer, is credited with actor Kevin Bacon on the film Apollo 13 (1995). Therefore, Conrad is credited three degrees of, or steps from, Kevin Bacon (other examples with Bacon are possible).
0 Degree of separation: James A. Conrad
1 Degree of separation: Ralph S. Singleton (prime-time Emmy Award-winning producer)
2 Degrees of separation (credited on the Internet Movie Database [IMDb] with Singleton on film or TV projects, incomplete list): Danny Aiello, Alan Alda, Woody Allen, Anne Archer, Diane Baker, Martin Balsam, Angela Bassett, Ned Beatty, Michael Biehn, Thora Birch, Peter Boyle, Benjamin Bratt, Jeff Bridges, Charles Bronson, Albert Brooks, Mel Brooks, Clancy Brown, Sid Caesar, John Carradine, Bernie Casey, Paddy Chayefsky, Tom Clancy, Alice Cooper, Francis Ford Coppola, Kevin Costner, Ronny Cox, Denise Crosby, Wilson Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Tyne Daly, Beverly D'Angelo, Jeff Daniels, Lolita Davidovich, Dom DeLuise, Rebecca De Mornay, Robert De Niro, Bruce Dern, William Devane, Andrew Divoff, Tate Donovan, Melvyn Douglas, Brad Dourif, Faye Dunaway, Charles S. Dutton, Robert Duvall, Anthony Edwards, Peter Facinelli, Farrah Fawcett, Peter Finch, Harrison Ford, Richard Dreyfuss, José Ferrer, Robert Forster, Jodie Foster, Vivica A. Fox, Edward Furlong, Vincent Gardenia, Ava Gardner, Teri Garr, Estelle Getty, Sharon Gless, John Glover, Jeff Goldblum, Fred Gwynne, Lukas Haas, Hugh M. Hefner, Lance Henriksen, Bernard Herrmann, Walter Hill, Grainger Hines, Gregory Hines, Philip Seymour Hoffman, William Holden, Lauren Holly, James Horner, Mary-Margaret Humes, John Hurt, Dean Jones, James Earl Jones, Raul Julia, Madeline Kahn, Harvey Keitel, David Patrick Kelly, Arthur Kennedy, Patrick Kilpatrick, Stephen King, Nastassja Kinski, Harvey Korman, Diane Lane, Piper Laurie, Cloris Leachman, Barry Levinson, Sidney Lumet, Frank Langella, Christopher Lee, Karina Lombard, Mako, Leslie Mann, Andrea Marcovicci, Steve Martin, Jackie Mason, Paul Mazursky, Ian McShane, Burgess Meredith, Sylvia Miles, John Milius, Penelope Ann Miller, Dennis Miller, Eddie Murphy, Liam Neeson, Nick Nolte, Rudolf Nureyev, Tatum O'Neal, Jerry Orbach, Ed O'Ross, Julia Phillips, Lou Diamond Phillips, Kevin Pollak, Sydney Pollack, Mike Post, Deborah Raffin, Robert Redford, AnnaSophia Robb, Cliff Robertson, Tim Robbins, Eva Marie Saint, William Sanderson, Telly Savalas, Martin Scorsese, Paul Schrader, Connie Sellecca, Lorenzo Semple Jr., Cybill Shepherd, Frank Sinatra, Wesley Snipes, James Spader, Harry Dean Stanton, Connie Stevens, Meryl Streep, Max von Sydow, Kevin Tighe, Rip Torn, Robin Tunney, Cicely Tyson, Christopher Walken, Eli Wallach, Orson Welles, Bruce Willis, Debra Winger, Harris Yulin, . . . and many more on Singleton-credited projects: directors, producers, writers, lesser known actors, crew members.
3 Degrees of separation (credited on IMDb with the above individual names on various film or TV projects, incomplete list!): J.J. Abrams, Amy Adams, Ben Affleck, Jessica Alba, Jason Alexander, Irwin Allen, Joan Allen, Gillian Anderson, Alan Arkin, Isaac Asimov, Ed Asner, Fred Astaire, Dan Aykroyd, Kevin Bacon, Diedrich Bader, Simon Baker, Alec Baldwin, Eric Bana, Antonio Banderas, Elizabeth Banks, Christine Baranski, John Barry, Drew Barrymore, Kathy Bates, Steven Bauer, Michael Bay, Sean Bean, Kate Beckinsale, Donald P. Bellisario, Monica Bellucci, James Belushi, Harve Bennett, Robert Benton, Halle Berry, Luc Besson, Jessica Biel, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom, Michael Bloomberg, Helena Bonham Carter, Jon Bon Jovi, Ernest Borgnine, Kate Bosworth, Bruce Boxleitner, Kenneth Branagh, Marlon Brando, Abigail Breslin, Matthew Broderick, Josh Brolin, Tim Burton, Steve Buscemi, Nicolas Cage, James Cameron, Bill Campbell, Bruce Campbell, John Candy, Jim Carrey, Helena Bonham Carter, Jon Bon Jovi, Cedric the Entertainer, Richard Chamberlain, Jackie Chan, Stockard Channing, Geraldine Chaplin, Julie Christie, Hayden Christensen, Thomas Haden Church, John Cleese, Montgomery Clift, George Clooney, Glenn Close, Lee J. Cobb, Chris Columbus, Sean Connery, Billy Connolly, Bill Condon, William Conrad (no relation), Bradley Cooper, Katie Couric, James Cromwell, Bing Crosby, Tom Cruise, Penélope Cruz, Tim Curry, Matt Damon, Blythe Danner, Ted Danson, Sammy Davis Jr., Rosario Dawson, Dana Delany, Benicio Del Toro, Brian Dennehy, Johnny Depp, Laura Dern, Zooey Deschanel, Angie Dickinson, James Doohan, Robert Downey Jr., Michael Clarke Duncan, Kirsten Dunst, Clint Eastwood, Zac Efron, Jack Elam, Hector Elizondo, Cary Elwes, Jeff Fahey, Peter Falk, James Franco, Dakota Fanning, Elle Fanning, Colin Farrell, Mia Farrow, Jon Favreau, 50 cent, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie Fisher, Bridget Fonda, Megan Fox, Jamie Foxx, Morgan Freeman, Peter Gallagher, James Gandolfini, Andy Garcia, Richard Gere, Mel Gibson, Terry Gilliam, Danny Glover, John Goodman, Topher Grace, Cary Grant, Ashley Greene, Alec Guinness, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Gene Hackman, Jackie Earle Haley, George Hamilton, Guy Hamilton, Daryl Hannah, Tom Hanks, Woody Harrelson, Ed Harris, Richard Harris, Josh Hartnett, Rutger Hauer, Katherine Heigl, Charlton Heston, Alfred Hitchcock, Dustin Hoffman, Ian Holm, Dennis Hopper, Anthony Hopkins, Bob Hoskins, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ron Howard, Terrence Howard, Helen Hunt, John Huston, John Irving, Michael Ironside, Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson, Don Johnson, Dwayne Johnson, Toby Jones, Tommy Lee Jones, Milla Jovovich, Lawrence Kasdan, Diane Keaton, Catherine Keener, DeForest Kelley, Gene Kelly, Anna Kendrick, Deborah Kerr, Richard Kiel, Richard Kiley, Val Kilmer, Ben Kingsley, Greg Kinnear, Wayne Knight, Walter Koenig, David Koepp, Yaphet Kotto, Ashton Kutcher, Shia LaBeouf, Burt Lancaster, Martin Landau, Stephen Lang, Jessica Lange, Glen A. Larson, Taylor Lautner, Jude Law, Peter Lawford, Lucy Lawless, Jennifer Lawrence, Stan Lee, Ernest Lehman, John Leguizamo, Jack Lemmon, Téa Leoni, Richard Lester, John Lithgow, Lucy Liu, Lindsay Lohan, Jennifer Lopez, Sophia Loren, Jim Lovell, George Lucas, Josh Lucas, Kellan Lutz, Fred MacMurray, William H. Macy, Tobey Maguire, Lee Majors, Karl Malden, John Malkovich, Joe Manganiello, Camryn Manheim, Joe Mantegna, Cheech Marin, James Marsden, Garry Marshall, Penny Marshall, Dean Martin, James Mason, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Walter Matthau, Reba McEntire, Rose McGowan, Ewan McGregor, Steve McQueen, Julian McMahon, Laurie Metcalf, Stephenie Meyer, Seth Meyers, Alyssa Milano, Helen Mirren, Demi Moore, Julianne Moore, Tracy Morgan, Viggo Mortensen, Billy Mumy, Cillian Murphy, Sam Neill, Craig T. Nelson, David Newman, Paul Newman, Nichelle Nichols, Jack Nicholson, Leonard Nimoy, Edward Norton, Kim Novak, Gary Oldman, Edward James Olmos, Elizabeth Olsen, Julia Ormond, Peter O'Toole, Clive Owen, Al Pacino, Gwyneth Paltrow, Mary-Louise Parker, Sarah Jessica Parker, Robert Patrick, James Patterson, Robert Pattinson, Bill Paxton, Simon Pegg, Joe Pesci, Sean Penn, Wolfgang Petersen, Michelle Pfeiffer, Bijou Phillips, Rosamund Pike, Brad Pitt, Oliver Platt, Sidney Poitier, Teri Polo, Parker Posey, Otto Preminger, Dominic Purcell, Mario Puzo, Dennis Quaid, Anthony Quinn, Jackson Rathbone, Elizabeth Reaser, Nikki Reed, Oliver Reed, John C. Reilly, Carl Reiner, Donna Reed, Vanessa Redgrave, Keanu Reeves, Ivan Reitman, Michael Rennie, Ving Rhames, John Rhys-Davies, Giovanni Ribisi, Christina Ricci, Joely Richardson, Julia Roberts, Sam Rockwell, Gene Roddenberry, Michelle Rodriguez, Robert Rodriguez, Seth Rogen, Mimi Rogers, Melissa Rosenberg, Tim Roth, Mickey Rourke, Brandon Routh, Winona Ryder, Zoe Saldana, Alexander Salkind, Ilya Salkind, Susan Sarandon, Lalo Schifrin, George C. Scott, Ridley Scott, Kristin Scott Thomas, Ryan Seacrest, Steven Seagal, Tom Selleck, Rod Serling, Amanda Seyfried, William Shatner, Robert Shaw, Martin Sheen, Marley Shelton, Sam Shepard, Martin Short, Gary Sinise, Bryan Singer, Christian Slater, Helen Slater, Jada Pinkett Smith, Jaden Smith, Will Smith, Yeardley Smith, Leelee Sobieski, Kevin Sorbo, Sissy Spacek, Kevin Spacey, Steven Spielberg, Jason Statham, Mary Steenburgen, James Stewart, Kristen Stewart, Patrick Stewart, Julia Stiles, Ben Stiller, Oliver Stone, David Strathairn, Barbra Streisand, Woody Strode, Donald Sutherland, Hilary Swank, George Takei, Quentin Tarantino, Charlize Theron, Olivia Thirlby, Lea Thompson, Billy Bob Thornton, Uma Thurman, Jennifer Tilly, Justin Timberlake, John Travolta, Danny Trejo, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Stanley Tucci, Kathleen Turner, John Turturro, Liv Tyler, Carrie Underwood, Blair Underwood, Karl Urban, Wilmer Valderrama, Robert Vaughn, Sofía Vergara, Robert Wagner, Donnie Wahlberg, Mark Wahlberg, M. Emmet Walsh, Fred Ward, Sela Ward, Felicity Waterman, Sam Waterston, Sigourney Weaver, Jerry Weintraub, Peter Weir, Raquel Welch, Forest Whitaker, Dianne Wiest, Olivia Wilde, Billy Dee Williams, John Williams, Robin Williams, Luke Wilson, Owen Wilson, Oprah Winfrey, Kate Winslet, Ray Winstone, Robert Wise, Elijah Wood, Evan Rachel Wood, Alfre Woodard, James Woods, Sam Worthington, Robin Wright, Michael York, Catherine Zeta-Jones, . . . and many more.
4 Degrees of separation: (Listed here would be anyone credited with any of the above three-degree names, which itself is an incomplete and ever changing list. If the "six degrees of separation" theory holds true, then everyone, including you at some point, would be listed in the remaining degrees, possibly one reason due to government officials in every country appearing in the news media.)
5 Degrees of separation: . . .
6 Degrees of separation: . . .