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Conrad Rooks

Born: Dec 15, 1934

Death: Dec 27, 2011

Birthplace: Kansas City

Profession: Actor

Nationality: United States

Conrad Rooks

Date of Birth : Dec 15, 1934
Date of Death : Dec 27, 2011
Birth Place : Kansas City

Conrad Rooks was an American writer, director and producer most renowned for his 1972 filmed adaptation of Hermann Hesse's novel Siddhartha. Rooks was an heir to the Avon Products cosmetics fortune, where his father, Russell Rooks, was one of the founding Presidents, who came up with the now famous phrase "Ding Dong Avon calling" By the time he was eighteen, Rooks became a troubled substance abuser. After years of addiction, he traveled to Europe seeking a new "sleeping cure" being offered by a medical doctor at a clinic in Zurich, Switzerland. According to Rooks, the cure was successful and he never abused substances again. Conrad spent much of his life traveling the globe, living abroad for many years in such places as New Delhi, India and Pattaya, Thailand [citation needed]. He was married to Indian director and screenwriter Pamela Rooks and the couple had a son, Ryan, before they divorced in 1985. In 1966 Rooks wrote, directed and starred in his first film, Chappaqua, a semi-autobiographical exploration of the perils of drug addiction, the agony of withdrawal, and the author's journey to Europe and success with the aforementioned "sleeping cure."


  • Actor
  • Film Producer
  • Screenwriter
  • Film director


  • Pamela Rooks


  • Ryan Rooks
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