Veteran television and film actor, Robert Culp passed away on March 24,2010, after taking a fall in a Los Angeles Park. He was 79.
Culp’s career began in the late 50s, as the star of a short-lived western called Trackdown. He is best remembered, however, for his starring role alongside Bill Cosby in I Spy, which ran for three seasons on NBC from 1965-1968. On the show, Culp played international tennis star, Kelly Robinson, who, along with having a great backhand, also happened to be a secret agent working for the Pentagon. Bill Cosby played his mentor and tennis trainer, Alexander Scott. The series is notable for casting the first African-American in the starring role of a television drama series.
Here are the opening credits:
And here is a 2007 interview with Robert Culp talking about his memories of the show:
Besides I Spy, Culp also starred in the popular 80s series, Greatest American Hero, and more recently, appeared as Ray Romano’s father in Everybody Loves Raymond. He also starred in numerous films over the years, including PT 109, Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice,The Pelican Brief and the 1962, made-for-tv Disney movie, Sammy, the Way-Out Seal.
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