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Am 6. Dezember verstarb Conrad Brooks, der in gleich vier von Ed Woods berüchtigsten Filmen mitspielte (Glen or Glenda 1953, Jail Bait 1954, Bride of the Monster 1955 und Plan 9 From Outer Space 1959, im Bild rechts als Cop).

Mr. Brooks, who had lived in Inwood, W.Va., since 2004, died of complications from sepsis, said his daughter, Connie Archer.

As an actor whose film appearances included “Glen or Glenda” (1953), “Jail Bait” (1954), “Bride of the Monster” (1955) and “Plan 9 From Outer Space” (1959) — all among the worst films ever made, and all directed by Mr. Wood — Mr. Brooks easily ranked among the kings of grade-B films. Those movies normally played as undercards on theatrical double-bills (if at all) and often betrayed little in the way of acting talent, production values or even coherence.

The New York Times once compared Mr. Brooks to Sir John Gielgud, saying both brought prestige to a project simply by being in it.

Mr. Brooks clearly loved the celebrity his movies brought him.

“He was absolutely aware of his reputation, but he was also completely willing to exploit it as much as possible,” said Skizz Cyzyk, a former programmer for the Maryland Film Festival and founder of Microcinefest, for years Baltimore’s underground film forum, who met Mr. Brooks several times. “He was determined to be in any bad movies that he could.”

Mr. Brooks appeared to be the last surviving member of Mr. Wood’s stable of stars, which at various times included an aged Bela Lugosi, who had played Dracula on Broadway and in the 1931 film adaptation, as well as Tor Johnson, a 300-pound former Swedish wrestler; Kyle Talbot, a leading man in B-films going back to the 1930s; Vampyra, a ghoulish host of late-night horror films on TV whose real name was Maila Nurmi; and Criswell, a psychic whose predictions included that the world would end in August 1999.

“Ed told us from the day we met him, ‘These pictures are going to become world-famous!’ ” Mr. Brooks told The Baltimore Sun in a 1994 interview in Hagerstown, where his daughter was then living.

Mr. Wood was right.

Here's Conrad Brooks' Collector-Card from the Ed Wood-Series drawn by Drew Friedman: