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Robert Culp Rest in Peace
Actor Robert Culp is Dead at 79
I was shocked to find this. I had been unable to sleep (as usual) and read some Hubs on keywords. When I went into Google to find out what the most recent searches were, I found this. Robert Culp 1930-2010.
Robert Culp, best known to me from the I Spy series in which he co-starred with Bill Cosby. He also starred in "Bob and Carol and Ted and Alice" the controversial film of 1969. I know this because as an avid Natalie Wood fan I watched every movie she was ever in. (not in 1969 of course, I was too young.)
In my research I found out that he didn't originally want to be an actor. Originally he wanted to be an artist. In his youth he created a puppet theater and puppets, and later was well on his way to becoming an illustrator and cartoonist for Disney. That was his plan before World War II.
When he was fourteen he read for a part that by his own admission, he was terrible in. Playing the leader of the band with two entrances in the play, he was hooked on the sound of the audience. He was an actor from then on, even getting thrown out of the senior play in High School, because of a schedule conflict with the Community Playhouse. He was unable to make all of the rehearsals for the High School play.
He would go on to star in movies and television series for 40 years.
I chose this video because it is mostly Robert Culp, and a recap of the series, for those of you who missed it.
The Greatest American Hero
From 1981 to 1983 Robert Culp co-starred with Willam Katt in The Greatest American Hero. William Katt played a school teacher named Ralph Hinkley who was selected by "green men" to be a hero. Robert Culp's character is an FBI agent who is selected to be his partner in making the world a better place.
Throughout his career from first to last, Robert Culp played a man's man, who never took himself too seriously. Bill Cosby said that as the oldest, he had always wished for an older brother, and Robert Culp filled that role.
Robert Culp has left a legacy behind, because he was bitten by the acting bug, that turned him from future Disney cartoonist to an American Hero in his own right.
Full Length Interview with Robert Culp, 2007
It is sad to me that he is gone. I will watch these videos again after I have finished the hub in memoriam to a man who thought he had it all figured out at the age of fourteen. He was athletic and artistic, and knew what he wanted to be, until he stepped on that stage, and then he was never the same again.
It is that moment that comes to each of us in our lives that takes us in a new direction and allows us to touch others in a way we never knew was possible.
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