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25. March 2010

RIP Robert Culp

Filed under: movies,RIP — jensaltmann @ 08:45
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Actor Robert Culp died yesterday at the age of 79. He fell outside of his home and was rushed to a hospital, where he died.

Robert Culp is best known for playing Kelly Robinson on the TV series I Spy. I Spy was the first TV show that combined humor and adventure, and it was the first TV show that starred an African-American actor (Bill Cosby) in a leading role.  It was a breakout gig for both actors. Fur Culp, who had always played heavies, it opened the door to more heroic/positive roles. He is also well remembered as FBI agent Bill Maxwell on the superhero TV series Greatest American Hero. He remained busy as an actor throughout his life and up to his death. Culp was not one of those actors where you go, “I didn’t know he was still alive.” He was the sort where you go, “I had no idea he was already that old.”

My earliest vivid memory of Robert Culp is the Columbo episode Death Lends a Hand, where he played an ambidextrous private eye.

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