Robert Culp
Actor, scriptwriter
Robert Culp
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.
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Men: Make a Greater Effort to Establish Friendships Outside Your Own Race!
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Earlier this year, in August, three young American citizens -- Alex Skarlatos, Spencer Stone and Anthony Sadler -- were three of six men who sprung into action and took down heavily armed terrorist Ayoub El-Khazzani, successfully preventing a terror plot. The trio was awarded with the Legion d'honneur, the most prestigious award given by the nation of France. Last September, all three men were honored with medals by U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter at the White House and had a private meeting with President Obama. U.S. Airman Stone, National Guardsman Skarlatos and college student Sadler also were the recipients of hometown parades, talk show and radio interviews, and became the darlings of both national and international media across the political spectrum. Skarlatos gained further celebrity as he and his dance partner Lindsay Arnold managed to place third this season on ABC's Dancing With The Stars. While the public became privy to many details of the lives and backgrounds of t ...
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The premiere of Steve McQueen's 'Wanted: Dead or Alive,' feat. Michael Landon - Examiner.com
Google News - over 5 years
So the actor was quickly offered a role in Trackdown, another western series starring Robert Culp of future I Spy fame. Filmed in February 1958, this episode (entitled "The Bounty Hunter") introduced the character of "Josh Randall," a tough individual
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The 6 Superhero Reboots We Most Want to See - Television Without Pity
Google News - over 5 years
Unfortunately, Ralph loses the instruction manual to the outfit and has to figure out how to use his new abilities in the heat of battle, with the aid of his FBI minder, Bill Maxwell (Robert Culp). Reboot Suggestions: Powerful gifts from aliens seem so
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Board hires consultant, temporary academic chief - Allentown Morning Call
Google News - over 5 years
The same night the board also accepted the resignation of Robert Culp, who earned $137148 as assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction. Board members said Mayo and Culp's old slots would remain vacant in a news release issued after the
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Sprint store coming to Keizer - Statesman Journal
Google News - over 5 years
The Sprint store's grand opening likely will be in mid-October, said C & C owner Robert Culp. The store will employ a manager and three sales associates. The staff will be trained to repair phones. C & C owns and operates 9 stores and is opening three
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Controversial superintendent relinquishes position - WFMZ Allentown
Google News - over 5 years
Plus, Allentown's chief academic officer, Dr. Robert Culp, just left for the Carbon-Lehigh Intermediate Unit. Mayo said that job that may go unfilled as well. Teachers' union president Deb Tretter is "extremely happy that Dr. Mayo will be the acting
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Lehigh Valley Manufacturing Summit leaders say a thriving industry awaits ... - The Express Times - LehighValleyLive.com
Google News - over 5 years
Audience member Robert Culp, a chief academic officer for the Allentown School District, said educators can do a better job of training youth with skills needed for modern manufacturing needs. But he added that many parents perceive manufacturing
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ASD Releases 2011 PSSA Results - WFMZ Allentown
Google News - over 5 years
District Chief Academic Officer Robert Culp said he believes the state's new Keystone graduation exams and smaller learning communities could help those numbers. "These tests will be content specific so that now students won't have to recall a depth of
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Street-Level Storyteller - Wall Street Journal
Google News - over 5 years
Robert Culp, Dyan Cannon, Natalie Wood and Elliott Gould in Mr. Mazursky's 1969 breakthrough 'Bob Carol Ted Alice. Paul Mazursky and Woody Allen are both Brooklyn-born former stand-up comedians and television writers who graduated to
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ASD signs new deal with security workers - Allentown Morning Call
Google News - over 5 years
Assistant Superintendent Robert Culp said the network will work on what "our kids need to know to compete for real jobs." "It's no longer about chasing credits, it's about developing real skills," Culp said. Zosky said some district seed money may be
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'Greatest American Heroine' and 'Return of Hunter' Reunion Telefilms Together - TVShowsOnDVD.com
Google News - over 5 years
Two of them, The Return of Hunter (starring Fred Dryer, Barry Bostwick, Miguel Ferrer, Wendie Malick) and The Greatest American Heroine (starring William Katt, Robert Culp, Connie Sellecca, Mary Ellen Stuart), are reunion telefilms for very popular
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You Can Beat City Hall - Turk 182! - ChicagoNow
Google News - over 5 years
He gets the idea of approaching the Mayor (Robert Culp), who's smack in the middle of running for re-election, to plead Urich's case. During a televised event, Hutton approaches Culp, tells his brother's story. The Mayor, on camera, promptly accuses
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The stealthy super-sleuth - Brantford Expositor
Google News - over 5 years
I can recall almost every 90-minute episode by simply remembering the long list of great actors who served as his nemesis: Ruth Gordon, Patrick McGoohan, Roddy McDowall, Robert Culp, Donald Pleasance, Eddie Albert, John Cassavetes, Dick Van Dyke and
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Things to do this week: Movies on the Green, derby girls doubleheader - Lincoln Journal Star
Google News - over 5 years
Inspired by a weekend of emotional honesty and sexual openness, LA wannabe hipsters Bob (Robert Culp) and Carol (Natalie Wood) return home to preach the principles of free love, much to the horror of their straight-laced best friends,
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Hannie Caulder (Blu-ray) - Fox 31 KDVR.com
Google News - over 5 years
Having survived the ordeal, Caulder enlists the aid of bounty hunter Tom Price (Robert Culp) to teach her in the ways of handling a gun so she can go off and seek revenge. On paper it almost sounds like a female version of THE OUTLAW JOSIE WALES or
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American Psychological Association (APA) Media Psychology Division to Give ... - PR Newswire (press release)
Google News - over 5 years
Our programs included the first Sesame Street interactive CD, the first Compton's and Grolier's Encyclopedia on CD plus such interactive movies as "Voyeur" starring Robert Culp," said Dr. Jean Pierre Isbouts, Professor of Media Psychology
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Robert Culp
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2010
    Age 79
    On April 10, 2010, a memorial service for Culp was held at the Egyptian Theater in Los Angeles, with his family, friends and some of his fans attending.
    More Details Hide Details At the time of his death, Culp had just completed the filming of a supporting role in the motion picture, The Assignment; Culp was also working on several screenplays at the time of his death. One of these screenplays, an adaptation of the story of Terry and the Pirates, had already been accepted for filming and it was scheduled for the start of production in Hong Kong later in 2012, with Culp being the film director. Terry and the Pirates had been Culp's favorite comic strip as a boy and it was his long-time wish to make a film based on it. Culp was buried in the Sunset View Cemetery in El Cerrito, California.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Later, a jogger found him lying unconscious on the sidewalk (foot path) close to the lower entrance of the canyon. Police officers and paramedics were summoned quickly but they were unable to revive him. Culp was taken to Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center but all efforts at resuscitation failed and he was pronounced dead at about 11:00 a.m. He was 79 years old. Although the first reports from the police suggested that Culp died from striking his head on the ground when he fell, it was later found that he had collapsed and died of a heart attack. Culp's only injury from his fall was a minor cut on his head.
  • 2007
    Age 76
    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".
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  • 1993
    Age 62
    This was not his first video game role, however: he also appeared in the 1993 game Voyeur.
    More Details Hide Details The video clip of "Guilty Conscience" features Culp as an erudite and detached narrator describing the scenes where Eminem and Dr. Dre rap lyrics against each other. He only appears in the music video. In the album version, the narrator is Mark Avery.
    Culp played the U.S. President in Alan J. Pakula's 1993 murder mystery, The Pelican Brief.
    More Details Hide Details Culp lent his voice to the digital character Doctor Breen, the prime antagonist in the 2004 computer game Half-Life 2.
  • FIFTIES
  • 1986
    Age 55
    In 1986, he had a primary role as General Woods in the comedy Combat Academy.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1969
    Age 38
    He starred in Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice in 1969.
    More Details Hide Details Another memorable role came as another gunslinger, Thomas Luther Price, in Hannie Caulder (1971) opposite Raquel Welch. A year later, Hickey & Boggs reunited him with Cosby for the first time since I Spy. Culp also directed this feature film, in which he and Cosby portray over-the-hill private eyes.
  • 1968
    Age 37
    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".
    More Details Hide Details In this, secret agent Maxwell Smart played by Don Adams in effect assumes Culp's Kelly Robinson character, as he pretends to be an international table-tennis champion. The episode faithfully recreates the I Spy theme music, montage graphics and back-and-forth banter between Robinson and Scott, with actor/comedian Stu Gilliam imitating Cosby. In 1971, Culp, Peter Falk, Robert Wagner, and Darren McGavin each stepped in to take turns with Anthony Franciosa's rotation of NBC's series The Name of the Game after Franciosa was fired, alternating a lead role of the lavish 90-minute show about the magazine business with Gene Barry and Robert Stack. Culp played the murderer in three Columbo episodes (in 1971, 1972 and 1973) and also appeared in a 1990 episode as the father of one of two young murderers. In 1973, Culp almost took the male lead in the sci-fi television series Space: 1999. During negotiations with creator and executive producer Gerry Anderson, Culp expressed himself to be not only an asset as an actor, but also as a director and producer for the proposed series. The part instead went to Martin Landau.
  • 1967
    Age 36
    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.
    More Details Hide Details She appeared in four episodes, two of them written by Culp. His grandson, Elmo Kennedy O'Connor, is a rapper and performs under the alias Bones. Culp wrote scripts for seven I Spy episodes, one of which he also directed. He would later write and direct two episodes of The Greatest American Hero, including the series finale. Culp also wrote scripts for other television series, including Trackdown, a two-part episode from The Rifleman and Cain's Hundred.
  • 1964
    Age 33
    In 1964, Culp played Charlie Orwell, an alcoholic veterinarian, in an episode of The Virginian (NBC 1962-71).
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  • 1963
    Age 32
    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.
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  • 1962
    Age 31
    In the 1962–1963 season, he guest starred in NBC's modern Western series Empire starring Richard Egan.
    More Details Hide Details In 1965, he was cast as Frank Melo in "The Tender Twigs" of James Franciscus's NBC education drama series, Mr. Novak. Culp then played secret agent Kelly Robinson, who operated undercover as a touring tennis professional, for three years on the hit NBC series I Spy (1965–1968), with co-star Bill Cosby. Culp wrote the scripts for seven episodes, one of which he also directed and an episode earned him an Emmy nomination for writing. For all three years of the series he was also nominated for an acting Emmy (Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Series category) but lost each time to Cosby.
  • 1961
    Age 30
    In the 1961–62 season, he guest starred on ABC's crime drama Target: The Corruptors!
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    In the 1961 season, he guest starred on the NBC's western Bonanza.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details About this time, Culp was cast on the NBC anthology series, The Barbara Stanwyck Show and in the NBC Civil War drama, The Americans. Culp was cast as Captain Shark in a first season episode of NBC's The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (1964). Among his more memorable performances were in three episodes of the science-fiction anthology series on ABC The Outer Limits (1963–1965), including the classic "Demon with a Glass Hand", written by Harlan Ellison.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1960
    Age 29
    In the summer of 1960, he guest starred on David McLean's NBC western series, Tate.
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  • 1959
    Age 28
    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.
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  • 1957
    Age 26
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Culp later appeared in two other episodes of Zane Grey Theater, "Morning Incident" and "Calico Bait" (both 1960) playing different roles. Trackdown then had a CBS spin-off of its own, Wanted: Dead or Alive, with Steve McQueen as bounty hunter Josh Randall.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1947
    Age 16
    He graduated from Berkeley High School, where he was a pole vaulter and took second place at the 1947 CIF California State Meet.
    More Details Hide Details Culp attended the College of the Pacific, Washington University in St. Louis, San Francisco State College and the University of Washington School of Drama but never completed an academic degree.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1930
    Born
    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.
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