Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Robert Culp, R.I.P.
From The Wall Street Journal --
Actor Robert Culp, best known for his starring role on the TV show “I Spy” but also a versatile character actor with memorable film roles in “Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice” and “The Pelican Brief,” died today after reportedly taking a spill at his home in Hollywood. He was 79.
Culp was born in Oakland, Calif., and began appearing on TV in the late-’50s. He became famous in 1965 playing alongside Bill Cosby in the espionage series “I Spy.” The show was the first non-comedy in prime-time to feature an African-American in a leading role. Gen-Xers will likely remember the actor for his role on “The Greatest American Hero,” an early-’80s TV series about an FBI agent (Culp) paired with a mild-mannered teacher who discovers a suit with superpowers. In recent years, Culp appeared on the sitcom “Everybody Loves Raymond” as Ray Romano’s father-in-law.