Robert Culp 1930 – 2010

 
Robert Culp dies at 79; actor starred in ‘I Spy’ TV series
 
 
 
Robert Culp, the veteran actor best known for starring with Bill Cosby in the classic 1960s espionage-adventure series "I Spy" and for playing Bob in the 1969 movie "Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice," died Wednesday morning. He was 79.

Culp fell and hit his head while taking a walk outside his Hollywood Hills home. He was found by a jogger who called 911 and was pronounced dead at Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center in Los Angeles, said Lt. Bob Binder of the Los Angeles Police Department. An autopsy is pending.

"My mind wants to flow into sadness, but I want to stay above that," Cosby told The Times on Wednesday.

"Those of us who are the firstborn always dream of that imaginary brother or sister who will be their protector, the buffer, the one to take the blows," Cosby said. "I’m a firstborn, and Bob was the answer to my dreams. He was the big brother that all of us wish for."

Longtime friend Hugh Hefner, who was introduced to Culp by Cosby in the 1960s, said he was "absolutely stunned" by the actor’s death.

"He was one of my best friends," Hefner told The Times on Wednesday.

Culp was a regular at a weekly gathering of friends at the Playboy Mansion.

"He was very much like he appeared to be," Hefner said. "He’s the one who came up with the tongue-in-cheek motto for when the guys got together: ‘Gentlemen, gentlemen, be of good cheer, for they are out there and we are in here.’ "

In a six-decade career in which he was best known for his work on television, Culp first came to fame as the star of the TV western "Trackdown," which ran on CBS from 1957 to 1959 and featured Culp as Texas Ranger Hoby Gilman.

He later played FBI Agent Bill Maxwell on the 1981-83 ABC series "The Greatest American Hero."

But for TV fans of a certain age, Culp is best remembered for “I Spy.”

The hourlong series, which ran from 1965 to 1968 and was billed as an "adventure-comedy" by NBC, starred Culp as Kelly Robinson and Cosby as Alexander Scott, American secret agents whose cover was that Kelly was a globe-trotting top-seeded tennis player and Scott was his trainer.

The series, which was filmed on location around the world, made history as the first American weekly dramatic series with a black performer in a starring role.

"When I first heard Bill Cosby was the other half of this team, I said, ‘Wait a minute!’ " Culp told The Times in 1965. "I knew he was a comedian, but could he act? Then I saw him work in our pilot film, and the guy is brilliant.

"We have a rapport never seen on a screen before. It’s a kind of Clark Gable-Spencer Tracy relationship. We’re an inseparable team, a kind of Damon and Pythias. Bill and I together form what you will root for in the series."

Culp received three consecutive Emmy nominations for his role in "I Spy" and was beat out each time by Cosby.

But Culp, who also received an Emmy nomination for a script he wrote for the series, said he wasn’t jealous over Cosby’s wins.

"No," he told the Washington Post in 1977, "I was the proudest man around."

In a 1969 Playboy interview, Cosby said that after he and Culp first read for the series, they got together afterward and talked.

At Culp’s suggestion, he said, "we agreed to make the relationship between the white character, Kelly Robinson, and the black man, Alexander Scott, a beautiful relationship, so that people could see what it would be like if two cats like that could get along."

 
RIP Bob…
 
It seems as if alot of good people and great actors have passed away lately.  Merlin Olsen comes to mind.
 
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And Finally…
 
Bank Robbers Call Ahead
 
Police in Connecticut said they had ample warning of a bank robbery because the two suspects called the bank ahead of time and told an employee to get a bag of money ready.
 
Police arrested 27-year old Albert Bailey and an unidentified 16-year old-boy on robbery and threatening charges Tuesday at a People’s United Bank branch in Fairfield.
 
Sgt. James Perez said the two Bridgeport residents showed up about 10 minutes after making the call and were met by police in the parking lot.
 
Perez told the Connecticut Post that the suspects were "not too bright".
 
Ya think??  My first reaction was "R U Serious"????
 
Tomorrow is Friday, the official start of the weekend!!  Have a Great one!!!
 
 
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2 Responses to Robert Culp 1930 – 2010

  1. Joe says:

    I saw that about Robert Culp…weird how sometimes it seems like these people will be around forever then they’re just gone…sobering really. That story you’ve got on the bottom does look like a perfect for your R U Serious name LOL! What won’t these fools think of next?

  2. -Grumps- says:

    WOW!!! Fell out ‘a bed, ‘n bumped his head … Was checkin out his bio on the IMDb site: (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0191685/) Looks like he’s stumbled into just about every talk show, sit-com, ‘n game show there ever was. Directed a bit, done some writing, and even appeared in an “Eminem” music video (Guilty Conscience) as the narrator. Says too that, although unaccredited, he had somethin to do with the soundtrack in one ‘a the Bonanza Episodes. (1961) *google google google … *(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=71oZs-DqreI&feature=related) Bank Robbers: Not too very bright indeed!! Do ya spose they made a phone call on account they‘s both illiterate, and couldn‘t write a note ta pass across to the teller?? *looks left, looks right … scratches head*Take good care Bob.Ciao Fer Now

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