Robert Culp

Actor + Scriptwriter
Born Aug 16, 1930

Robert Martin Culp was an American actor, scriptwriter, voice actor and director, widely known for his work in television. Culp earned an international reputation for his role as Kelly Robinson on I Spy, the espionage series in which he and co-star Bill Cosby played a pair of secret agents. Prior to that, he starred in the CBS western series, Trackdown as Texas Ranger Hoby Gilman from 1957-1959.… Read More

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1930 Birth Culp was born, an only child, on August 16, 1930 in Oakland, California, to Crozier Cordell Culp, an attorney, and his wife, Bethel Martin (née Collins) Culp.


1947 16 Years Old He graduated from Berkeley High School, where he was a pole vaulter and took second place at the 1947 CIF California State Meet. … Read More


1957 26 Years Old Culp first came to national attention very early in his career as the star of the 1957–59 Western television series Trackdown, in which he played Ranger Hoby Gilman, based in the town of Porter, Texas, of which he is also the sheriff. … Read More
1959 28 Years Old After Trackdown ended in 1959 after two seasons, Culp continued to work in television, including a guest-starring role as Stewart Douglas in the 1960 episode "So Dim the Light" of CBS's anthology series, The DuPont Show with June Allyson.
1960 29 Years Old In the summer of 1960, he guest starred on David McLean's NBC western series, Tate.


He played Clay Horne in the series finale, "Cave-In", of the CBS western Johnny Ringo, starring Don Durant. In 1961, Culp played the part of Craig Kern, a morphine addicted soldier, in the episode "Incident on Top of the World" in the CBS series Rawhide. … Read More
1962 31 Years Old In the 1962–1963 season, he guest starred in NBC's modern Western series Empire starring Richard Egan. … Read More
1963 32 Years Old Culp worked as an actor in many theatrical films, beginning with three in 1963: As naval officer John F. Kennedy's good friend Ensign George Ross in PT 109, as legendary gunslinger Wild Bill Hickok in The Raiders and as the debonair fiance of Jane Fonda in Sunday in New York.
1964 33 Years Old In 1964, Culp played Charlie Orwell, an alcoholic veterinarian, in an episode of The Virginian (NBC 1962-71).
1967 36 Years Old …  From 1967–70, he was married to Vietnamese-French actress France Nguyen (known as France Nuyen), whom he had met when she guest-starred on I Spy. … Read More
1968 37 Years Old The episode was entitled "The Stallion" In 1968, Culp also made an uncredited cameo appearance as an inebriated Turkish waiter on Get Smart, the spy-spoof comedy series, in an I Spy parody episode titled "Die Spy". … Read More
1969 38 Years Old He starred in Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice in 1969. … Read More


1986 55 Years Old In 1986, he had a primary role as General Woods in the comedy Combat Academy.


1993 62 Years Old 1 More Event
Culp played the U.S. President in Alan J. Pakula's 1993 murder mystery, The Pelican Brief. … Read More
2007 76 Years Old On November 9, 2007, on The O'Reilly Factor, host Bill O'Reilly interviewed Culp about the actor's career and awarded Culp with the distinction "TV Icon of the Week".
Culp took frequent walks in the Runyon Canyon, a park close to his apartment in the Hollywood Hills of Los Angeles. On the morning of March 24, 2010, he left the apartment to go for a walk. … Read More
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