Wednesday, March 24, 2010

RIP Robert Culp

Actor Robert Culp Dies at Age 79
By Marisa Fox

Wednesday March 24, 2010

Robert Culp, best known as Kelly Robinson in the '60s TV show I Spy and more recently as Warren Whelan on Everybody Loves Raymond, has died.

The 79-year-old actor was rushed to Queen of Angels Hospital on Wednesday morning after falling outside his Hollywood home, authorities said. He was pronounced dead shortly after arrival, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Culp suffered a blow to the head after falling while taking a walk and was found by a jogger who called 911. Paramedics, patrol officers and detectives responded to the scene. A preliminary investigation found that "his death is accidental and there appears to be no sign of foul play," police Lt. Bob Binder tells the Times.

A native of Oakland, Calif., Culp rose to fame playing a secret agent in I Spy, a show that co-starred Bill Cosby and helped break the color barrier in Hollywood. Off-screen, too, Culp became involved with civic causes, most recently opposing construction of an elephant exhibit at the Los Angeles Zoo.

Besides his TV work, Culp is also known for memorable movie parts, such as Wild Bill Hickok in The Raiders, playing the fiancé of Jane Fonda in the romantic comedy Sunday in New York, and he went on to star in Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice in 1969.

CULP, Robert Martin
Born: 8/16/1930, Oakland, California, U.S.A.
Died: 3/24/2010, Hollywood, California, U.S.A.

Robert Culp's westerns – actor, screenwriter:
Trackdown (TV) – 1957-1959 (Hoby Gilman)
Tate (TV) – 1960 (Tom Sandee)
Johnny Ringo (TV) – 1960 (Clay Horne)
Outlaws (TV) – 1960 (Sam Yadkin)
The Westerner (TV) – 1960 (Shep Prescott)
Zane Grey Theater (TV) – 1957, 1960 (Hoby Gilman, Sam Applegate, Shad Hudson)
The Rifleman (TV) – 1960, 1962 (Colly Vane) [screenwriter]
Rawhide (TV) – 1961 (Craig Kern)
Death Valley Days (TV) – 1961 (Thomas Burdue/Jesse Stuart)
Bonanza (TV) – 1961 (Ed Payson)
Wagon Train (TV) – 1961 (Baylor Crofoot)
Empire (TV) – 1963 (Jared Mace, Dave Foley)
The Raiders – 1963 (James Butler 'Wild Bill' Hickok)
The Virginian (TV) – 1964 (Charlie Orwell)
Gunsmoke (TV) – 1964 (Joe Costa)
Hannie Caulder – 1971 (Thomas Luther Price)
The Castaway Cowboy – 1974 (Calvin Bryson)
The Great Scout & Cathouse Thursday – 1976 (Jack Colby)
Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman (TV) – 1993 (Elias Jackson)
Lonesome Dove (TV) – 1994 (Cornelius Farnsworth)
Walker, Texas Ranger (TV) – 1995 (Lyle Pike)

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